Everyone in America is aware that litigation is a slow and costly process. Everyone in the Adirondacks is aware that the preservationists use delay and expense as weapons to prevent development and the creation of economic opportunity.
The reference to the passage of four months in Protect's recent press release about its appeal makes it absolutely clear that the press release is an effort to distance the preservationists from the consequences of their actions. In short, they know the harm they are doing to the residents of the Park and they don't care, but they would rather not be blamed for it.
Once again, I ask your readers to simply use their common sense when they read anything written by supporters or opponents of the Adirondack Club and Resort. The same logic they need to go through all other aspects of their lives will tell them what is true and what is not, who is lying and who is not.
Here are some warm-up questions for your readers: Does Protect really want to make the appeal a "speedy process"? Is Protect sincerely sympathetic to the needs of the people of the Park? Have the preservationists ever failed to oppose economic development in the Park? Do the preservationist groups play good-cop-bad-cop but all have the same goal? Are the Park communities suffering? Is the suffering caused by overdevelopment or lack of economic opportunity? Do the preservationists want more people to enter the "Bob" or fewer? Will trains increase the human presence in the Bob and facilitate economic activity in the Park? If the rails are torn up, is it more or less likely train service ever will be restored? If the preservationists are successful stopping the ACR and private development in the Park, why wouldn't they expand their lobbying effort to have state facilities in the Park closed? I could go on, but I think everyone who read this far is warmed up and ready to think about the big question - the future of their family and their community.
What will happen if the preservationists get their way and there is no significant new economic development? Your readers can judge me by my answer to that and by looking at their own and neighboring communities within the Blue Line. I believe businesses will continue to close because their customer base will continue to shrink, business people will lose their investments and security, workers will lose their jobs and savings, young people will continue to leave the area to find opportunities, others will leave because they will tire of driving hours to shop or to get to work, people who try to sell their homes will not find buyers or will get prices too low to let them buy elsewhere, more schools will close, the tourist industry will decline because the service people on which it depends will be gone, more hotels will close, vacation home owners and prospective buyers will disappear because they will have no place to shop or dine, the construction industry (union and non-union) will shrivel, residential and commercial property values will drop, and the need for government assistance will increase, but because the tax base will have shrunk, unless property taxes are raised, tax revenues will decrease. Few will be able to afford the increased taxes or live with decreased government services, so more will move away. The communities of the Park will be in a death spiral. The preservationists will have achieved their goal.
Michael D. Foxman lives in Elverson, Pa., and is leading Preserve Associates in trying to develop the Adirondack Club and Resort on and around the Big Tupper Ski Area in Tupper Lake.