Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Oh, where to start?

There's just so much to say about the APA, that frankly I've been trying to avoid it. Anyone in and around the Adirondacks knows about the APA. For those of you in other parts of the country and abroad, the Adirondack Park Agency is an appointed body of state government bureaucrats whose mission it is to ensure that the development of the Adirondack Park is in keeping with the protection of the environment. In many parts of the country and the world, organizations tasked with the protection of the environment do so with clarity and a lot of public outreach and education. But not the APA.

Now let me say that we try wherever possible to be green. We believe that global warming is one of the paramount issues facing our civilization. We're fans of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." But in our dealings with the APA, we've come to believe that they represent a throwback to the Soviet-style bureaucracies that kept three Russian families living in the same two-room apartment.

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