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News article nitpicks on railroad

June 23, 2016
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

Regarding "Adirondack railroad group's facts aren't always on track" (Justin A. Levine, Lake Placid News, May 29, page A3): As one who wants rail service to be restored to Lake Placid, I am embarrassed by any errors in the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society's press release. However, some of the objections are nitpicky. Author Levine spends 9 column inches on ARPS's mislabeling not-applying-for-reappointment as resignation. If anything, the rest of his 9 inches are more pro-railroad than the portion of the release he quotes.

Levine says that "Amtrak offers daily passenger service THROUGH THE ADIRONDACKS ALONG LAKE CHAMPLAIN." (emphasis added). The Adirondacks are mountains. Lake Champlain is 95 feet above sea level. Nit for nit.

Regarding politically influential individuals: There is nothing fishy going on; there never is. But then why rip up the tracks to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid that are needed for the railroad to make commercial sense?

Sincerely yours,

Charles W. McCutchen

Bethesda, Maryland

 
 

 

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