Mr. Heimerdinger's criticism of New York state's purchase of the former Finch Pruyn land to be added to our Adirondack Park is sad. This purchase is one of the few legacies our generation can give to our future generations. These thousands of acres of wilderness in our time and beyond are priceless.
Some are concerned this will cost local jobs and cause economic problems. That could not be further from the truth. This addition to our already famous Adirondack Park (largest in the Northeast) will be a boon to all upstate communities.
Mr. Heimerdinger's concerns over taxpayers' money being abused is not without merit, except this purchase is the only money that future generations will consider well spent. What is left of our wild lands is vulnerable to speculators, who see only short-term profit adventures rather than the long-term advantages of the beauty of our forever wild forest. Once gone, it is gone forever.