The saga of the Skaneateles High School varsity football team, and its coach, has dominated community news and conversation for the past week. Certainly, the boys on the team deserve to be applauded for their overwhelmingly victorious season; and certainly the events and facts concerning the district’s investigation and findings of illegal recruiting, Section III’s sanctioning of the team, and the inevitable conclusion of the entire episode deserves continued and sustained scrutiny, and we will have an opinion on that next week.
This week, however, we are concerned that in the midst of the football brouhaha something even more important to our community and our daily lives is being overlooked: the Nov. 8 election.
In Skaneateles we have a close contest for town justice coming down to the wire; in Spafford three town board seats are being contested, and at the county level our district is electing a new legislator.
Quite frankly, these election contests should be on people’s minds more than football — or any sport. The people we ultimately elect will be responsible for fixing the level of our taxes and local fees, the maintenance of our roads and other community property, the regulation of our local events and celebrations, the protection of our lakes and other natural resources (most specifically from the danger of hydrofracking), and the administration of our justice system.
In one week or a few, high school football season will end. The decisions we make on whom to elect to political office today will affect us all for several years to come, and these decisions demand knowledge, discussion, consideration and even argumentation in order for us all to make the best possible choices.
Think about how often in recent weeks you have heard people around town talk about the football situation; and then think about how many political discussions you’ve heard.
In the 19th century, politics was discussed, argued over and obsessed about as much as sports are today. And while we know that era is long past, we urge our readers, in the final days of the election season, to inform themselves as much as possible about the local candidates, issues and positions that will affect all of our lives; discuss the election with others in town, and, more important than anything, go out and vote on Nov. 8.