Thoughts on railroads, resort

To the News Enterprise:

When reading your most recent piece on the reopening of the D&H rail line and in thinking about the approval of the Adirondack Resort in Tupper Lake, I was reminded of the Pied Piper story. Here the children of an old township are led away by the enchanting music of the Piper’s magic flute as their minds are filled with blissful visions. With the Pied Piper of economic prosperity once again playing his flute I, too, listen but through the filter of skepticism.

The way I understand it we are to fully support the rail line that will require a substantial investment of time and money to fix the line, clear the track, and repair the bridges just to haul out stone from the Tahawas facility. Then when the stone runs out the line will once again stop at North River and haul garnet out from Barton Mines. All this justifies the time and expense as well as the potential impact on the experience of other users.

By the same token, Tupper Lake and Franklin County are to risk investing in the infrastructure for the resort project on the promise that home owners will beat a path to Tupper Lake; in this real estate market? Forgive me for being skeptical, but I would like more than just the assurances of the limited piles of tailings. Oh the sweet sound of the flute!

Jeff Dickinson

Indian Lake

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