To the editor:
In response to the column by Dick Beamish of the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, "Big chance to boost our economy," June 13: I have to ask how many times are we going to hear the same old, tired, one-note symphony from ARTA?
In ARTA's "my way or the highway" view, it's always tear out the railroad and build the trail. They keep repeating the same old line that the scrap value of the rails will pay most of the cost for their trail, even though others have shown this to be a fantasy.
Mr. Beamish offers nothing new, and the continued letters from ARTA's letter writers are becoming stale and threadbare. So here's a thought: ARTA can build the trail parallel to the railroad or somewhere else. Let them find the money to do it on their own, and leave the railroad alone.
Give it a rest, ARTA.
(By the way, I am in the Adirondacks right now.)