Regular Dispatch readers know that I have been short on patience with the usual reflexive side-taking that seems to be a permanent feature of any discussion over the Adirondacks. On one side you get cartoonish renditions of radical environmentalists and/or government regulators. On the other side you get caricatures of rapacious developers and selfish residents. In the middle? A militarized zone of nasty vitriol, propaganda, lawsuits and a dismaying lack of reason.
Based on some recent posts and associated comments over the last few weeks this automatic side-taking is alive and well even at the Almanack. For a good example read this recent column on demographics by Peter Bauer, then read the comments and you’ll get a pretty good idea. » Continue Reading.