Last week’s Dispatch provoked a healthy discussion in the comments section. The readers of the Almanack proved once again to be light years ahead of your average blog trollers by being thoughtful and respectful. My arguments about economic reality in the park and elitism in the question of land use were not met with a single angry or accusatory response, but rather thoughtful commentary. So thanks to all.
In fact, I was a little surprised to see that my economic argument was left virtually unchallenged. Instead the discussion followed the common theme over whether there is enough wilderness in the Adirondacks, but along two lines so as to apparently dismiss the claim that a local perspective is elitist. The first line was to question the value of wilderness in the first place (as I strictly defined it for the purposes of this argument). Is an area of untrammeled Adirondack wilderness really that valuable to anyone, much less someone leagues away living in Cleveland? The second line was to argue over usage, both locally and from a national perspective: who uses Adirondack wilderness and how much? » Continue Reading.