November 2007

   "Howdy Folks" I have been asked by a few folks a question that I would like to address in this column this month.

   The question is: WHY DON'T YOU HAVE THE ENERGY AND THE EXCITMENT, IN YOUR VOICE, TOWARDS THE PROPOSED LEHIGH TRAIL LIKE YOU HAVE TOWARDS THE MACKAY TRAIL??

   The two trails are very different in many ways. I will start with the Mackay Trail in comparison of the two. The Mackay property was owned and worked by one of the founding families of Caledonia. As the family grew and went their ways, the land was donated to the Village of Caledonia to be forever wild and for the use of the Caledonia people. This trail was put in by folks, from or around Caledonia, with no tax burden on the village budget. It does not go through anyone’s land or cross any highways. Its wildlife population is protected from hunting and its rocks and plants are not to be disturbed. It has become an asset to the Caledonia people at no cost The trail is within the Caledonia boundaries, making it Caledonia’s’, No one made any money putting in this trail!

   The proposed Lehigh Trail will come from another county, through private property, across roads, along power lines and cost taxpayers. The engineers stand to make a good wage by telling you that it will make a boom in the economy of our village. This may be so within Monroe County, but not in Caledonia. If you want to come and visit Caledonia, get in your car, we have good roads.

   We have a group of farmers that take real pride in the land that has been owned by them and their families for so many years. Their families and their families-families have deer hunted for years on this land. As deer-hunting space shrinks, they are protective of this rite.

   I am not against people from other places coming to our wonderful town. We have a lot for them to see, but they do not have to go through our back yards to see it. So I hope that this clears up why I am so vocal on this issue.

   God Bless- Barry

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