Read this week's boos and bravos.
Post-Star editorials represent the opinion of the Post-Star editorial board, which consists of Publisher Robert Forcey, Controller/Operations Director Brian Corcoran, Editor Ken Tingley, Projects Editor Will Doolittle and citizen representatives Carol Merchant, Eric Mondschein and Bob Tatko.
Americade to go forward with block party
Bravos to the Lake George Village Board for approving a request from Americade organizers to hold a block party on Canada Street. The block party will be similar to Oktoberfest in the village with stages for music, motorcycle demonstrations and a beer garden. Closing down Canada Street opens a wide, safe boulevard for pedestrians that should further enhance downtown businesses during the motorcycle rally. We think it is a great idea and hope Lake George does it for more events.
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Message on fire department sign a bad idea
Boos to the Lake George Volunteer Fire Department for putting a political message on its electronic sign. The message was in support of the vice principal at the school, whose position was eliminated by the school board. After the superintendent at the school complained, Mayor Robert Blais asked the firefighters to remove the message and they obliged. It’s a bad idea for volunteers to take up political positions.
Girard is all-time leading scorer
Bravos to Glens Falls High School basketball player Joe Girard III for making it into the New York history book this past week. First, Girard became the all-time-leading boys’ scorer in state history, then reached the 3,000-point milestone on Saturday night. The junior also got Division I scholarship offers from Syracuse and Oklahoma this past week and is averaging nearly 50 points per game.
Peter R. Barber, Daily Gazette
Town Clerk takes a stand for neutrality
Bravos to Queensbury Town Clerk Caroline Barber for taking a stand of political neutrality. Emails revealed this week that former Town Councilman Doug Irish criticized Barber last year for not being more politically active. We’ve never been entirely comfortable with clerks and coroners being elected positions for just this reason. It would be nice if political parties gave their coroner and clerk candidates a pass when it came to certain political party chores. It was nice to see that Barber forced their hands and demanded to be neutral.
County committees approve expense cuts
Bravos to the Personnel and Finance committees for the Warren County Board of Supervisors for sticking to their original proposal to cut $74,000 out of a county meal plan. The proposed plan raised a ruckus among seniors, but many of the seniors did not seem to have all the facts. Since there was no reduction in services, the county was right to approve the plan. If the seniors who object have another way to save taxpayers $74,000, they should bring it to the supervisors’ attention immediately.
Don Lehman, email@example.com
Gore to host skiing championships in 2019
Bravos to Gore Mountain for its successful bid to host the 2019 state Alpine and Nordic Skiing Championships awarded by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Not only is this great exposure for Gore, but the main hotel for the athletes, coaches and state officials will be in Lake George. We suspect many fans and parents will follow, so this should have an economic benefit to the region during a slow time of year.
Dave Blow, Special to The Post-Star
Mall helps businesses with online plan
Bravos to the Aviation Mall for helping local businesses in the mall find the right balance between their mall presence and online presence by helping them with an online strategy. Mall General Manager James Griffith says that is the key to success for many businesses today.
Kathleen Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org