To the Editor:
Your paper’s recent editorial was right on track, hopefully will be understood and appreciated by your readers. I have always principally assumed that your paper spoke for upper counties of the park; I now suspect that I am a bit off-base in this thinking.
But your points, dwindling population, evaporating schools’ enrollments, empty store fronts and deteriorating infrastructure, well apply to Warren County (above Glens Falls and Queensbury).
Many spoke at a recent public meeting chaired by Mayor Blais here in Lake George, the two most important points I thought made were:
• Ann ACC Professor spoke of the fact that we are “exporting our children.: The result of high school graduates lack of area employment opportunities. Sad but true, kids having to leave their families, the year-round population aging.
•Mr. Macchio (Wild Wild West Ranch in Lake George, son was Karate Kid in movie) spoke of a casino not being the end-all answer in and of itself, but a catalyst around which other commercial endeavors could develop.
Your editorial mentioned three possible locations, all logical. I would throw another location into the mix. Lake George Village owns approximately 150 acres up past the town’s recycle center, at the foot of Prospect Mountain. Such a location would take the thought of personal gain out of the mix, would be able to provide a better cash flow to the municipality.
Lastly, as you indicated, we are still at the mercy of the Indian Casino, with it’s possibly abrogated NY State contract, upon the St. Lawrence. But we must keep putting our best foot forward.
William Dow, Lake George