Posts Tagged ‘debatable’

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Discussion time: The latest rail/trail debate

Tahawus Rail Line (Phil Brown Photo)As reporter Tim Rowland wrote this week on the Adirondack Explorer’s website, the 30 mile rail line that ends in Tahawus is on the auction block. Among the first bids to be made public are the Open Space Institute, which aims to turn the corridor into a recreational trail, and Revolution Rail, which currently runs rail bikes out of North Creek and other U.S. locations. The company is also working with another rail operation to make freight runs available on the line.

What’s your take on this decades-long debate? Does rail still have a chance on this line? Or is it time for another rail trail?

Photo by Phil Brown/Almanack archive


Sunday, January 16, 2022

It’s Debatable: Infrastructure priorities

ohio bridge debatable infrastructure

 

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: What are the top priorities in the park for billions coming to NY in federal infrastructure money?

The $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill means $170 billion is slated for New York.

Working with the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, we asked 100 municipalities what they see as the top project in their communities. (Stay tuned for a full report.)

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Monday, November 8, 2021

It’s Debatable: Short-term rentals

short term rental housingEditor’s note: This commentary is in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: Should communities take steps to regulate short-term rentals around the park?

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Discussion time: Short-term rentals

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This past year, we’ve been reporting on the problems around affordable housing in the Adirondack region. At times, people have referred to it as a “crisis.”

Here are some recent examples:

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

It’s Debatable: Should New York enforce boat inspections?

Adirondack Watershed Institute boat stewardEditor’s note: This “It’s Debatable” column is running in the July/August 2021 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine. Click here to subscribe. This issue’s debaters don’t fit neatly into the Explorer’s usual yes/no format, as both support inspections of some kind. We’ve attempted to frame the question in a way to reflect their nuanced views.

The question: Should New York enforce boat inspections?

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

It’s Debatable: Hiking permits

AMR lotEditor’s note: This commentary is in the March/April 2021 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: Should the Adirondack Mountain Reserve require reservations?

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

It’s Debatable: Green amendment

Boreas River headwaters. Photo by Phil Brown 9/5/16.Editor’s note: This commentary is in the March/April 2021 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: Should clean air and water be added to the New York State Bill of Rights?”

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Monday, January 11, 2021

It’s Debatable: Debar Pond Lodge

Coming tomorrow: A coalition proposes a new solution for Debar Lodge.

Before that, we’ll revisit the ongoing debate around this historic structure.

In the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Adirondack Explorer, we posed the question:

Is there a legal and practical solution for preserving Debar Pond Lodge?

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

IT’S DEBATABLE: Whitney Park

Editor’s note: This “It’s Debatable” column is running in the Nov/Dec issue of Adirondack Explorer. Click here to subscribe to the digital magazine for only $10/year.

The Question: Should the state pursue buying the Whitney Park estate?  
YES By Peter Bauer 

The 36,000-acre Whitney Park is up for sale. With 22 lakes and ponds and  over 100 miles of undeveloped shore line, this extraordinary tract has been at the  top of New York’s land protection priority list  for 50 years. This sale raises serious issues  for all who are concerned about the future of  the Adirondack Park. First, the state of New  York must buy Whitney Park and add it to  the public forest preserve. Second, we should  not heed the calls of those who want to cap the forest preserve and give up on the 125- year bipartisan and multi-generational success of the forest preserve. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

It’s debatable: The last big piece of land

John Hendrickson, owner of the 36,000 Whitney Park estate outside of Long Lake, announced his intentions last month to sell the property, setting off speculations of who the next buyer could be — or should be.

Hendrickson, the widower of philanthropist, thoroughbred owner and Saratoga Springs socialite Marylou Whitney, told the Wall Street Journal at the end of July he was listing the property for $180 million — $5,000 an acre.

The news had environmentalists calling for the parcel, which includes 22 lakes and one of the great Adirondack camps called Deerlands, to be part of the Adirondack Park’s forest preserve.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Should ‘secret spots’ stay that way?

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SECRET SPOTS: We all have them. In a commentary in the Almanack, outdoors enthusiast Paul Kalac questions whether the rise in social media is doing a disservice to our treasured places.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS: Should ‘secret spots’ stay that way? Is the internet to blame? Join the conversation in the comments section or send an email to [email protected].


Saturday, July 18, 2020

It’s Debatable: Restore Mother Nature Bond Act

From the July/August 2020 issue of Adirondack Explorer, editors asked the question: “Is now the right time for New York to move forward with the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act?”
Below is the “YES” response, from John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council and “NO,” from Roger Dziengelski, retired woodlands manager, chief forester and senior vice president for Finch Paper in Glens Falls.
Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Should the Adirondacks discourage visitation during COVID-19?

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lake GeorgeEditor’s note: As the coronavirus pandemic swept New York this spring, Adirondack Explorer staff asked those who know and love the Adirondacks for opinions on the upcoming season. Their timing spanned late-March to mid-April, and a roundup of online and emailed submissions were published in the May/June 2020 issue of the Adirondack Explorer magazine (subscribe here). What follows is some of the responses. With Memorial Day behind us, we feel this conversation continues to be one worth having. We welcome your thoughts in the comments below.

It’s Debatable: Should the Adirondacks discourage visitation during COVID-19?

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