To the Times of Ti:
It must be apparent to the readers that something is amiss at the fort (Ticonderoga), and the problems can be solely attributed to the “new guard” and their way of treating the re-enactors who have served the fort and town, selflessly, for over 20 years.
Therefore it is strange, and sad, that the “new guard” promotes to quote a recent letter, “Cultural Conflict” and makes distinctions between re-enactors such as “Group #1” against “Group #2”.
Division such as this “Us against Them” is never productive and is only self-defeating. I feel that there is room for every individual who brings unique gifts and knowledge to benefit all. When I was privileged to be part of the fort French and Indian War planning committee, we welcomed all re-enactors, regardless of race, creed, sex or persona. We tried to help newcomers to the hobby with advice and encouragement, not derision.
The old adage “If its not broken, don’t fix it” is never more true than this present controversy. Gary Guido and Jeanette Siatkowski are right on target when they point out that it is the local economy that will suffer, because of this change, much as the departure of an event like a local fishing derby. Diners like the Hot Biscuit, Burleigh and The Wagon Wheel, motels like the Circle Court, Stone House, Latchstring and Super 8, to name a few, will all see a deep drop in business because of the fort’s new policies.
Bob Bearor, Schroon Lake