Posts Tagged ‘debatable’

Friday, January 19, 2024

It’s Debatable: Milfoil herbicide

Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.

Editor’s note: This “It’s Debatable” column ran in the Jan/Feb 2024 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine.  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 ProcellaCOR be used to kill park milfoil?

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

It’s Debatable: Homes free of fossil fuel

natural gas boiler

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the November/December 2023 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: Do you share NY’s all-electric home goal?

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

It’s debatable: Offensive place names

a stream on a cloudy day

This brook near Bloomingdale was recently renamed to John Thomas Brook, for a 19th century Black settler. Photo by Mike Lynch

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the July/August 2023 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 place names that offend disappear?

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Monday, June 19, 2023

Debatable: Should the Northway speed limit go up?

warren county lake george bridges on the Northway

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the May/June 2023 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 I-87 go to 70 mph?

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Discussion time: Wilderness dams

The Explorer has been running a series on the 500+ dams that can be found within the Adirondack Park boundary. (Click here to see all the stories in the series) One of the articles specifically looks at dams that are in Wilderness areas. Marcy Dam is now gone and same with the dam that once made Duck Hole a celebrated paddling destination. Lake Colden is the only remaining dam.

The question remains: Do dams have a place in these protected areas? Should the state maintain the ones that remain? The article points to Lows Lake and the Boreas Ponds tract as examples of dams the state is willing to maintain. Weigh in here with your thoughts.

Photo at top: Debris from the old wilderness dam at Duck Hole. Photo by Mike Lynch


Sunday, February 26, 2023

Discussion time: Prison reuse

moriah shock prison

The futures of two closed Adirondack Park prisons are still in limbo. A panel of experts talked about redevelopment proposals. Read more here.

What should be done with former Adirondack prison buildings, now sitting vacant? Does the state have a responsibility as the owner to redevelop the properties?

Photo of Moriah Shock Correctional facility. Photo by Nancie Battaglia/Almanack archive


Monday, February 6, 2023

It’s Debatable: Lake Placid ER closing

lake placid health center

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the Jan/Feb 2023 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 an issue. For more on this particular topic, read this Adirondack Almanack post on the planned closure of the Lake Placid Emergency Room.

The question: What’s your take on closing emergency services in Lake Placid?

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Discussion time: Gas ban?

gas stove

Wondering where Almanack readers stand on the debate about phasing out gas in heating appliances and stoves. Are you on board with a “gas ban”? Or are you like “hands off my gas”?

What would potential solutions be on each side of the debate?


Sunday, December 18, 2022

It’s Debatable: Concealed Carry Act

concealed carry weapon

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the Nov/Dec 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. For more on this issue, read this story by Gwendolyn Craig. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: Does the Concealed Carry Act fit the park?

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Discussion time: The return of wolves?

wolves

Wolf (Canis lupus) – captive. Larry Master photo

WOLF DNA: Our reporter Mike Lynch has been tracking the ongoing controversy around a canid that was killed by a Mohawk Valley hunter. While that particular animal was outside the Blue Line, it’s believed to be an indicator that wolves could be returning to northern New York. And now, groups are calling on the state to do more to foster a safe return of wolves/wolf hybrids. Peter Bauer has this commentary in the Almanack.  And this week, a second outside DNA test confirmed the animal was indeed a wolf, and the DEC has agreed with the findings.

My question for you: Should NYS play an active role in facilitating wolves’ population being able to re-establish itself?

Photo: Wolf (Canis lupus) – captive. Larry Master photo


Sunday, August 21, 2022

It’s debatable: Keeping out the round goby

round goby

Editor’s note: This first appeared in Adirondack Explorer’s March/April 2022 issue, in its ongoing “It’s Debatable” column. Click here to subscribe. The topic: The invasive round goby fish.

Q: How can we block invasives from Champlain Canal?

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Friday, July 8, 2022

It’s debatable: Whiteface redesigns

ski patrol on whiteface courtesy whiteface orda

Editor’s note: This first appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine. 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 ORDA reshape Whiteface?

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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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