Rails aren’t just for tourism

To the editor:

I agree with Mr. Russum’s observation that the existing rail service to our area is not to be considered a useless tool. While industry in the North Country has declined in recent years, the potential for refreshed and expanded rail service remains real. If the current track is removed, it will never be replaced, and that means that the opportunity for growth of commerce and jobs is severely limited.

How do I know this? As a retired manager of a viable paper manufacturer and as former president of the Adirondack railroad, I have had substantial experience in running businesses. One factor that is essential for success is adequate transportation, and rail offers an important asset to all businesses and the public. Removal of this track for the sole purpose of satisfying skiers and walkers is not in the public’s best interest.


Henry W. Parnass

Saranac Lake