May 12, 2010:
Grassroots Speakers, Edited by Carol W. LaGrasse
(8-1/2 x 5-1/2, publ. at $2.99)
The Property Rights Foundation of America has published a special collection of speeches from the Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, which had the theme, "The Adirondack Park: The Idea, The Experience, The Future," and was held during October 2009 in Lake George, N.Y.
Without being directly threatened personally with any government or enforcement actions, all of the speakers whose talks are included in the little book, Grassroots Speakers, have devoted no small part of their lives to private property rights and the future of local rural communities, specifically in New York's Adirondack Mountains.
The PRFA conference, with the theme "The Adirondack Park: The Idea, The Experience, The Future," brought together a unique combination of expert professionals and grassroots activists, from Senior Counsel Sam Kazman of Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., discussing "The Takings Clause and Tony D'Elia's Dream" to Ted Galusha of Warrensburg, N.Y., describing some of his manifold efforts to reverse the state's policy of closing cherished spots to disabled access.
The twelve speakers made the air in the conference hall almost electric as the day progressed, and the room was full of vibrant conversations during the breaks.
Grassroots Speakers includes the talks by Carol W. LaGrasse"The Adirondack Park Agency Idea," Peter J. LaGrasse"The Meaning of the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve," Susan Allen"Hunting Impact of Land Acquisition," Howard Aubin"The APA's Racketeering," Ted Galusha"Righting the APA/DEC Access Policy," and James McCulley"Victory: Old Mountain Road Opened to Motor Vehicles."
The talks are about the distortion of the original Adirondack
Forest Preserve idea, the meaning of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
designation, the impact of state land acquisition on hunters,
the collusion between the Adirondack Park Agency and non-profit
environmental organizations, the challenge to get the state to
comply with the court settlement specifying disabled access to
the Forest Preserve, and defeating the state in its attempt to
close a town highway to motor vehicles.