Help a community under siege

While there’s heavy interest outside the Blue Line in these two cases, they are simply the latest clashes in an undeclared, parkwide civil war — a fight between the haves and the have-nots, the environmentalists versus the property rights supporters. It’s a fight to determine what’s best for the Adirondack Park, and those beliefs don’t always jive with what’s best for Adirondack residents.

Today, Tupper Lake is a community under siege, and while that sounds corny from the outside, it’s all too real for the residents inside fighting for survival. For those who have faced adversity or been the underdog, this is your story.

With its industrial heritage, Tupper Lake is a blue collar town at heart, filled with friendly, honest and hard-working people. They have a history of reinventing their economy no matter the challenge. When the softwoods ran out, they turned to hardwoods. They attracted a federal hospital. When the feds moved out, they attracted the state to run Sunmount for the developmentally disabled.

But times have been tough lately. The wood products industry has faded away. OWD is gone, along with Ames, Hackett’s, A&P and a number of small businesses.

We shouldn’t dictate how anyone else should live. Let’s support ARISE and Next Stop! Tupper Lake. Let’s get the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to the Junction depot within three years. Let’s get the Adirondack Club and Resort up and running. Let’s get the Tupper Lake economy back in tip-top shape.

Learn more at www.tupper-lake.com.

Now, more than ever, Tupper Lakers need your help, and they have much to offer. They know where they’re going and how to get there.

Members of ARTA, the Adirondack Council, Protect the Adirondacks and all those manning the roadblocks to Tupper Lake’s future, if you’re not going to help, please get out of the way.

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