To the editor:
“Don’t it always seem to go...that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” — Joni Mitchell
Tjark Reiss, a valued citizen of Claverack and my patient in his latter years, said, “Philmont has good bones ...It will rise again.” This far-sighted impression of a respected architect has stuck with me through challenging expressions of the travail of this village.
Many of these “good bones” were thrown away over the years for various reasons. Both the amazing architecture and the bird life around Summit Lake are like gems. They are resources that must not be squandered and are riches incomparable. Putting nesting Bald Eagles, Osprey, Egrets, Cormorants and Great Blue Herons in jeopardy because of a proposed housing project above Summit Lake in Philmont seems incredibly short-sighted.
Bird-life is our life. Imagine New York City without Central Park, it is almost uninhabitable! The current plan by Claverack builders must be modified to ensure their future. Philmont must continue to rise on their wings!