Solace in wild places

Seven hundred out of 2,800-plus lakes closed to floatplanes does not seem unreasonable, nor does adding Lows Lake to that list [“Floatplane ban challenged,” November/December 2010].
New York needs to resist the argument that motorized access to these precious wild places is necessary to serve those with handicaps.

My own Parkinson’s disease advances; my loss of balance, slowing of reactions, and pain and weakness have caused me to stop bicycling and driving. I still, fortunately, can walk a good distance. But as I increasingly join the physically challenged, don’t change wild-area protection and management for me. To the contrary, just ensure that I can travel to those quiet, wild lakes and areas through memories and the magic of my mind. I need to know they are there.

Gary Randorf, Puerto Rico

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