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Princetown changing, but small-town spirit remains the same Princetown, a relatively small town, has been called upon over time to experience some large changes, such as the major power lines that transect our town. There are currently plans for more lines to come from Canada, with a debate over whether they are to be above or below ground. Along with cell towers, power lines have raised issues of concern about detrimental long-term health effects. Another ...

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November 1, 2011
7:01 p.m.

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Rick, I'm not opposed to preserving some wild for the wilderness, but we have to draw the line somewhere. Otherwise, progress comes to a standstill and human civilization fails to thrive.

The land you are speaking of is county property. If they choose to build upon it (which they have not done), it's legally their right to do so. Now, I'd agree that a change like that, on taxpayer land, should be put up to a vote; but, if the voting majority went with building, would you be willing to accept that?

The land you're talking about falls into two separate categories. The first (further back) is hardly a safe haven for wildlife, as hikers, bikers and the like are constantly back there (you yourself talk of the Boy Scouts using it). The other category is the hill itself, which we all know is used for sledding by the town's children in the winter - so, also not ideal for wildlife.

Both categories are, of course, fun for the kids (and adults), but are hardly the only places one can accomplish these things. Want to teach your Scouts orienteering? Delanson has a fantastic hiking trail. The Catskills and Adirondacks are both less than an hour away. Need a place for your kids to sled? Collins Park has a hill devoted to it.

We're not talking about massive deforestation here, or the elimination of a species. There is a federally protected preserve not two-tenths of a mile away from the land you're talking about, which cannot be built on.

Conservation and progress are both important, and both have drawbacks when taken to extremes. Since the preserve will not - cannot - be touched, I don't think the conservationists are giving up all that much to allow a little progress to occur alongside it.