Strict no-motor policy on Essex Chain Lakes would be too elitist
Evelyn Schaefer Greene’s Sept. 9 letter on the potential use of motor boats on the yet-to-be classified Essex Chain Lakes property (which the state is acquiring from The Nature Conservancy) expressed her excitement about being able to enjoy canoeing on motor-free waters.
I appreciate her concern about the minimal but possible introduction of invasive plant and animal species. I am a longtime member of the Gooley Club, in existence for over 60 years. Our stewardship of the Essex Chain of Lakes and environs has been the envy of our lessors and conservationists for years. Our watercraft have been, and continue to be, used only on the specified lakes they rest at. Current DEC plans indicate that, over the next five years, motors will likely not be allowed on the Essex Chain during the months of July and August.
I am a canoeist, and do not find the use of motors a deterrent to my “wilderness” experience. I believe you will find this true on many Adirondack waters. I thank the float plane pilot who made a Third Lake (Essex Chain) landing to rescue a seriously injured person and who volunteers to fly in Wounded Warriors to be our guests. Perhaps concern regarding invasive species and animals veils the author’s true intent: wanting another exclusive “canoe only” area for only those who are physically able — rather selfish and non-inclusive.
Has she forgotten the son who lost his legs in Vietnam, the 97-year-old father with congestive heart failure? Does she faithfully decontaminate her canoe and paddles before entering the St. Regis waters, bathe flying creatures before they migrate from one lake to another? Sure, a physically disabled, accessible location for the Essex Chain is planned, but with all respect, try paddling a canoe or kayak without your limbs.
We are being told by our beloved politicos that these lands are being acquired by the citizens of New York state for the citizens of New York state — not a select, self-righteous group of “my-waters-only” canoeists and kayakers. Let us all be able to enjoy and share together the scenic beauty and serenity of our beloved Adirondacks.
More questions about Western Gateway Bridge
Compliments on your Sept. 10 story, “Where’s the view?” Great explanation of the Western Gateway Bridge situation, great pictures.
I, too, miss the beautiful view. How many accidents have been caused by people looking at the river instead of paying attention? Very few, I bet.
I have great concern for the height of the wall. My pool fence is higher. What will happen if children are horsing around and one goes over the side?
I also worry about cars whizzing over the bridge so close to walkers, without a barrier between them.
I am particularly disturbed by the 2012 news release from Gov. Cuomo’s office that says “the aim of the design-build method is to save time and money and shorten travel inconveniences.” I am all for saving money, but we have had major travel inconvenience already for a year or so; what difference would another month or two make if the finished product made most of us happy? (Nothing will ever make us all happy.)
If Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg’s contention is true, that the contractor builds it the way he thinks it should be built, that’s a heck of a way to run a railroad.
Global warming rooted in science, not politics
John Gaetani (Sept. 7 letter) makes clear that he opposes the political proposals to control the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. To him, regulations or a price on carbon pollution are a threat to “freedom.”
Fine, let’s debate how our country and the world should best confront the threat we face. But political opposition does not change the underlying science, ranging from fundamental physical principles, understood for more than 100 years, to cutting-edge technology and modeling, that our current path is an unacceptably dangerous one.
Policy derives from science, not the other way around.
The writer is an associate biology professor at Union College.
Gaetani is no scientist, but he knows his stuff
Kudos to Gazette letter writer John Gaetani on his climate change rebuttal in the Sept. 7 Gazette.
He states that he is not a scientist, but he is more knowledgeable about how true science functions than all too many expert “scientists.”
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