Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanks are due

However the local elections turn out, they served the purpose of generating vigorous debate about various projects the cities want to undertake.

They also attracted a host of candidates who gave voters a real choice of direction in each city. Residents of Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue owe the candidates their sincere thanks for running and offering to serve their neighbors as elected officials.

It's not easy to run for office. It's not easy to go before friends, neighbors and perfect strangers to make a case for election, to be frank about city issues and to put together cohesive positions. It's not easy to deal with others who may disagree vigorously and wholeheartedly with a candidate's positions.

The very idea of running for office or organizing a voter initiative is enough to make a lot of people's knees weak.

The Wood River High School students who put the question of banning plastic grocery bags before Hailey voters deserve a lot of credit for making voters think about an environmental dilemma that may not have occurred to them before. The bag-ban initiative not only made everyone ponder their personal consumption of plastic bags, but made them consider what strategies they could apply to live without doing serious damage to the air, land and water shared by every creature on Earth.

Win or lose, the students should be proud of their efforts. As they go on, they should keep searching for sensible and practical ideas for living in balance with the environment. And they should never be afraid to pose the question, "What if we did things differently?"

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