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Mountain & Valley

March 26, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

MOUNTAIN - Historic Saranac Lake has a new logo and a new website, and they look great. But much more important is that this local organization continues to do amazing things.

Its wiki website (hsl.wikispot.org) is an essential encyclopedia of all things past in Saranac Lake and is poised to become more thorough (and therefore more essential) as time goes on. It's fantastic browsing; if you haven't checked it out, we urge you to do so.

Also, HSL has successfully reached out to local schools and, along with teachers, gotten kids interested in their hometown's history as well as in science and health care. As these children learn about how Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau founded the village as a tuberculosis cure center, they can look through microscopes and see cure chairs in the same laboratory Dr. Trudeau worked. At Saranac Lake Middle School last week, students brought that part of the village's history to life by acting out a series of plays.

We gladly thank and praise HSL for strongly living up to its new motto, "Making History Matter."

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VALLEY - A little too much importance is sometimes placed on endorsements by party committees. Granted, they are certainly valuable - mostly to give candidates early indications of their own favorability, which helps them make the decision whether to spend the time, money and energy on a campaign. But we think it's generally better to involve the public in public decisions, so a primary election is almost always good if we can get one. The endorsement process shouldn't be inflated to the point that it regularly prevents primaries.

While party committee endorsements can be helpful, they're not necessarily any clearer sign of a candidate's favorability than a poll. Look at last week's Enterprise Web poll on the Saranac Lake village trustee candidates, for instance: The unscientific poll had the two Republicans winning, with incumbent Jeff Branch ahead by a comfortable margin. In the election, however, the two Democrats won by a huge margin. It just goes to show you can't really predict how votes will fall.

Primaries are more democratic and more accurately reflect public opinion than a few senior party leaders sitting around a table. In general, the more choices the voters have, the better.

(P.S.: By the way, this editorial isn't about any particular race; it's just a general sentiment that's appropriate as candidates jockey in hopes to become state and national lawmakers next year.

 
 

 

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