Post-Star editorials represent the opinion of The Post-Star's 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.
New program will make better doctors
Bravos to Hudson Headwaters and the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine for working together on a program that takes medical interns into the community to learn more about their patients and the challenges they face. The program is in its infancy, but has enormous potential to teach future doctors how to empathize more with their patients.
Rehab facility proposed for Queensbury
Bravos to Supervisor John Strough for his enthusiastic support of a drug rehabilitation center to be located in Queensbury. Considering the opioid epidemic in our communities, it’s a step in the right direction to have a facility that will treat residents in Warren and Washington counties. Other facilities in other communities in recent years have received a far less enthusiastic reception.
Board member stands alone in Salem
Bravos to Salem Board of Education member Marlon Galimore for being the lone dissenting vote in putting a $21.3 million school capital project before the voters on March 27. Galimore previously expressed concerns about the project because of the cost and the district’s declining enrollment. It is difficult to be all alone on any issue, but we share Galimore’s concerns, especially considering that 80 percent of the project will be paid by taxpayers from all over the state.
Contractor blows off Moreau meeting
Boos to Cristafulli Brothers Vice President Alan Ayers for failing to show up at a meeting with Moreau Supervisor Todd Kusnierz and offering up the excuse that it was because of a snowstorm. While the original meeting was canceled due to a snowstorm, it was the meeting the next day — when the roads were clear — where Ayers failed to show. That was just rude. Kusnierz was hoping to broker a deal and avoid a lawsuit over Cristafulli Brothers’ work at the new town hall. Moreau says it will proceed with litigation.
Committee hopes to buy cheaper energy
Bravos to Glens Falls’ new sustainability committee for producing results in its very first meeting. The committee has decided to look into how the city can purchase energy for the city from alternative companies, while also looking into the feasibility of energy-efficient street lights. Both ideas could lead to savings for taxpayers.
A new way to fund sewers in Moreau
Bravos to Moreau Supervisor Todd Kusnierz for proposing a new way to fund a Route 9 sewer district without pricing out the residents who live there. Getting sewers on Route 9 has long been considered the key to growing business in the town, but how to pay for it has been the stumbling block. Kusnierz is looking into a tax that would be levied based on the assessment of the land instead of the number of potential users. It’s still too early to know if this will be more affordable or if it will fly with residents, but it’s good to see Kusnierz try a unique approach to solve the problem.
Task force to address vacant houses
Bravos to the city of Glens Falls for following through on an election-year promise from the mayor and several members of the Common Council by establishing a task force consisting of code enforcement workers, fire officials and other city personnel to address zombie houses in the city. In addition to the task force, the city plans to purchase computer software to track the buildings.