Saturday, May 28, 2022

Registration open for 2022 Common Ground Alliance Forum

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Join the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance on Wednesday, June 15 from 8:30a -3:30p at Gore Mountain in North Creek for the first in-person Annual Forum in two years.  The public event will include presentations, guided discussions and breakout sessions featuring the topics of housing, climate change, recreation and community vibrancy.

Advance registration, which includes lunch, refreshments and a scenic gondola ride, is required. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. Sponsorship opportunities, which include Forum tickets, are also available during the registration process.


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8 Responses

  1. louis curth says:

    The Common Ground Alliance Forum at Gore Mtn. is an opportunity to network together for all young people who care about their future and the future of the Adirondacks.

    Time is slipping away for our young people to step forward and assert a leadership role in seeking the common ground that will lead to solutions to the problems that threaten to tear America apart.

    Sadly, the politicians have sold out the young people and the the baby boomers have become weary of the lies and self-serving deceptions. Increasingly, this will be your world – for better or worse…

  2. Zephyr says:

    The most important topic that impacts every issue the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance cares about is how to get rid of the toxic Republicans representing the Adirondacks. Stefanik being exhibit #1. If this issue is not being addressed they are wasting their time.

    • JB says:

      Zephyr, though I believe that the Common Ground Alliance is actually a rural economics think tank — not an environmental or social justice advocacy group — you’re actually right to bring up toxic political culture. The Common Ground Alliance has pushed for population recruitment efforts as a sort of economic panacea, including incentives to attract a more diverse population. But this cuts both ways.

      For example, how many of those new Adirondack recruits will be associated with extreme-right movements, such as the sovereign citizen movement? Driven by pandemic mandates and an increasingly antagonistic political climate, many mountain towns (for example, in Idaho) have seen an influx of new residents from right-leaning political extremes. And this has happened in the Adirondacks to some extent as well in the past two years.

      There are no indications that it has yet reached the level of creating problems for Adirondack communities, but it is very worth thinking about. We need to be fostering communities built on “common ground”, and yet, unintentionally, we may in fact be doing the opposite. We may be setting the stage for the Adirondacks to become a place of the most extreme irreconcilable divisions, where no common ground can ever be found.

      • Zephyr says:

        It is impossible to find common ground with people and a party that continue to lie about the last election being stolen.

  3. louis curth says:

    You make a good point Zephyr. If the CGA forum on June 15th tap dances around the herd of elephants in the room that our silent elected Republicans hope they can avoid talking about, then this opportunity for concerned citizens to find common ground about America’s increasingly tenuous future will truly be a waste of time.

    At the very least, I hope some of our young people will skip their addiction to social media long enough to go to scenic Gore Mtn. and speak up about what is happening to democracy in America. What do they think needs be done?

  4. ADKresident says:

    Haha. What a hypocrital joke!…Of course you don’t mean when Hilary Clinton or Stacey Abrams claimed election fraud. Oh no. Because when Dems question election integrity, it’s “saving the democracy”. But when Republicans question it, it’s an insurection. Cut me a break with the cherry picked facts!

    How ironic, both sides point to the other side and say exactly the same thing under their blue or red banner!

    Sorry, fellow ADKers, millions of conservatives across this nation are not going away. Many are your neighbors-like it or not! And the self-justified vitriol spewing from these comments towards those who simply disagree with their political OPINIONS is alarming.

    Who are the real haters here? It’s obvious

    Most importantly:
    To all those who lost their limbs, suffer PTSD, or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their life so we can be free to even have this dialogue- left, right and independent…much deserved honor this Memorial Day. 🎖️🇺🇸

  5. louis curth says:

    Rather than cast aspersions on our Adirondack neighbors who have come to a different worldview than our own, wouldn’t it be more helpful to encourage people, especially our young men and women, to get more involved in discussions about what it will take to remake our communities and restore working democracy in America?

    Our problems and disparities are piling up for those who are poor and in need, for profiled racial minorities, for women whose reproductive rights are slipping away, and now even our precious children cannot be kept from gun violence. What are we becoming? Meanwhile our elected Republican leaders remain silent or else they help promote lies and fantasies akin to demagoguery instead of doing their job.

    Can’t we be better than this?

    • ADKresident says:

      Casting aspersions? Isn’t that what you just did, louis curth, by placing all the blame on one side of the political spectrum, and on those whom you disagree with? (btw, last I checked NY was still a blue state) You cannot have it both ways, saying you are open for discussion, wanting democracy and then shut down any opposing POV.

      If you really want to have a discussion, you must be at least open to allow for other POVs and not just be a resounding board that echoes liberal ideology. For instance, you say gun violence should be kept from children- who would not agree to that? We all love & want safety for our kids; we can discuss a practical solution. However in the same sentence, you state reproduction rights are slipping away for women, leaving out this one critical point included in the legislation being promoted right now: Termination of a pregnancy up to the very last moment of birth, for ANY reason, allowing and sometimes, even tax funded, killing of a totally healthy, full-term baby! You are actually ok with that? Unfettered abortion on demand being the law of the land? I cannot believe any people group with a conscious, who understand that this is what’s being pushed by liberal politicians, would actually agree to such a barbaric act of murder!

      Yes, we are BETTER than that!

      Where is the protection for these children? Are we now picking & choosing our outrage when it comes to protecting human life? If passing a law that protects the ‘right’ to kill the most innocent is not an erosion to American values, NOTHING is.

      You say the Republican leaders are silent? BS. They are not silent- the truth is, the liberal media disagrees with their stance, so they suppress or cancel their voice, or report it through their own negative, biased lenses. All you have to do is turn on the radio where I live here in the ADKS… The 4 stations that I get, 2 being APR, is nothing but 1-sided, liberal leaning commentary of current issues. Far from true journalism or the news.

      True discussion & true democracy requires all sides, all views and all facts presented. Not just the ones ‘pre-selected’ to be voiced, neglecting others in order to frame a narrative. Then and only then will our children have true choice; teaching them HOW to think for themselves, not WHAT to think which makes them reject anything contrary to what they have been fed, because they have not been taught to develop their own analytical skills of research, reason or debate.

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