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Hiking fee is a bad idea

November 16, 2012
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

Crown Point town Supervisor Charles Harrington wants to charge hikers to use Adirondack trails.

The trails are maintained substantially by nonprofit organizations and by volunteers, whose efforts no one has the right to sell.

Though I am trying to become a New York resident, I'm not one yet, so my taxes do not support the public lands where most of the trails are.

However, when I drive the nine hours from my home to the North Country to hike, I contribute to the local economy. I buy food, lodging, hiking and camping supplies, gas and local crafts.

I also contribute to the state economy when I pay sales tax on these items.

Is that not enough?

I love the Adirondacks dearly - the North Country is one of my favorite places in the world - but there are places that are almost as good and much closer to me, and if they welcome visitors, then I will go there instead.

I hope that New York will reject this proposal.

Brendan Hickey

Secane, Pa.



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