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EDITORIAL: What we would like to see in 2012

2011-12-31T22:03:00Z 2012-07-20T09:08:18Z EDITORIAL: What we would like to see in 2012 Glens Falls Post-Star
December 31, 2011 10:03 pm

We resolve that 2012 will be a better year.

Truthfully, we're not so sure about that. The simple reality is - like most years - we expect we will have no trouble filling these pages with our concerns about where our communities have stumbled and where our public officials have erred.

We're not trying to be negative; our concern comes out of a great love of the communities we serve. And unfortunately, business is good for us in the criticism game.

But 2012 is a new year and in the spirit of New Year's resolutions, we couldn't help but imagine a wonderful world where we went the entire year without booing anyone in the "Boos and Bravos" column.

Impossible? Probably, but it is good to dream.

So in the spirit of optimism, in the spirit of New Year's resolutions, here is what we hope we see in 2012:

* Lake George Mayor Bob Blais and new Lake George Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson waving to each other across the parking lot as they get out of their cars to go to work in the morning. We hope that Dickinson and Blais can reach new heights of intermunicipal cooperation and maybe even blaze a trail to eliminate village government entirely.

* An entire year without one DWI arrest. We know this one may be outdated by the time you read this, but we have covered too many trials in recent years involving innocent people who have lost their lives at the hands of drunk drivers.

* New Fort Ann Supervisor Darlene Dumas including a public comment period at each and every Town Board meeting. That would be the first step toward transparency and improving the way the town operates.

* The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to finally acknowledge that we are in a recession and present a budget next year that reflects that.

* Elimination of all villages in Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties. Each village should be exploring how it can save money with its neighboring communities. All citizens need to be open-minded. Even if there is not huge savings up front, we believe those savings will be realized through job attrition and retirement savings.

* Continued frugality from schools and government institutions so the burden on taxpayers does not increase. Biting the bullet is never easy and losing jobs is painful, but the economy is not showing many signs of life, so we expect another year where budgets need to be held in check.

* Proper care for all our returning veterans from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Too many times in recent years we have run stories that show veterans are not getting a fair shake. That needs to change.

* That all government bodies follow the Open Meetings Law to the letter and that all town clerks give out public information without the need for filing a Freedom of Information request. If it is clear the information is public, why the needless paperwork?

* Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate, especially economic development agencies and tourism departments. We are all in this together and we should act accordingly. We also know that is easier said than done.

* The Warren County Board of Supervisors to reconsider their deal with Sheila Weaver.

* Some retail stores in downtown Glens Falls. Downtown is looking better than ever and we hope for the progress to continue.

It is probably too much to expect all of this to come to pass in 2012, but it is New Year's Day and anything is possible.

Local editorials represent the opinion of The Post-Star editorial board, which consists of Publisher Rick Emanuel, Editor Ken Tingley and citizen representative Charlotte Potvin.

 

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(8) Comments

  1. TJ8
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    TJ8 - January 05, 2012 9:10 am
    Rick, Ken Tingley and Charlotte - you three are losing your editorial reputations.
  2. boston
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    boston - January 02, 2012 10:11 am
    Really, does anyone take the once main stream media seriously? How many outright false news reports does it take to connect the dots that it's not about real news and facts, it's about propaganda? That's why MOST folks are now turning to alternative news sources that have proven to be accurate.
  3. sickofbadgovernment
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    sickofbadgovernment - January 02, 2012 12:04 am
    Wow, I agree with the sentiments of the other commentators. Your editorials are miserably ill informed.

    Even the DWI remarks are ridiculous. Why not a wish for no drugs in schools? The drugs in the area are a much bigger problem and one the paper tends to overlook. I guess since there is no MADD equivalent for heroin it gets less press.

    Your comments about village consolidation are just plain stupid. They were formed to provide services that these communities didn't receive.
  4. ToxicAvenger
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    ToxicAvenger - January 01, 2012 9:33 pm
    Rats. I had resolved to read less unresearched editorials that clamor for consolidation.
  5. HappyGilmore
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    HappyGilmore - January 01, 2012 4:38 pm
    Agree with the first two posters. What I would give for a Post Star that spends more time reporting news and less time pontificating. So many editorials published by the "editorial board" that are done with little true research and are clearly designed to get shallow, petty and poorly spelled web traffic. Kind of like the "mean girls" in the school cafeteria kick starting gossip about others in the school. Not to say there are not problems at times with our elected officials, but why not try reporting news, and letting the readers for their own opinions without your attempts to steer and stir. The press can be a very powerful tool, but you have proven that in the wrong hands it can be clearly detrimental to society. It is as if you all somehow think you are the moral compass of our society - if that is true we are truly doomed as a society.
  6. feresident50
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    feresident50 - January 01, 2012 3:17 pm
    * Continued frugality from schools and government institutions so the burden on taxpayers does not increase. Biting the bullet is never easy and losing jobs is painful, but the economy is not showing many signs of life, so we expect another year where budgets need to be held in check.

    There is too much waste in the schools and government institutions. Countless times I have seen windows and doors open in the schools during winter months because its too hot inside. So much food is wasted in the cafeteria because kids don't like it. Schools and government offices could save lots if they shopped around for office supplies. Most of the little employees have seen pay cuts or no raises and it's time for the top dogs to give a little too. Just a few thoughts.

  7. NickBottom
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    NickBottom - January 01, 2012 11:05 am
    What a condescending editorial. Man, I miss the Post-Star of twenty-five years ago.
  8. PfortE
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    PfortE - December 31, 2011 10:38 pm
    ooooo, one of your more conclusory and soap-boxy editorials in quite some time. Out with a bang, I see.

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