October 7, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Oct 7, 2013

CHEERS to North Country residents who have newly registered to vote in the General Election on Nov. 5. JEERS to those who haven’t. But for them, there’s still time. To register by mail, applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 11 and received by your county’s board of elections by Oct. 16 to be able to vote on Election Day. You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act on any business day, but your application must be received no later than Oct. 11, this coming Friday. One exception: If you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since Oct. 11, you may register in person at the board of elections up to Oct. 25. With many of federal, state and local governments in seemingly disarray, some pundits have blamed that as a reason people, especially young adults, don’t register to vote. We believe the opposite is true: This is the time for all eligible citizens TO register and vote.

CHEERS to those who subscribe to common courtesy in their day-to-day dealings with strangers in public places. We’re writing about simple things like holding doors open for folks when they’re entering a building, yielding to shopping carts in retail stores, helping people load a heavy parcel into the trunk of their car in a public parking area. You get the picture. As adults, it’s important to set a good example for our children; they see you being helpful and they’ll learn from your efforts. Far too many people these days, stressed, in a hurry or in no mood to help anyone but themselves, fail to heed to good manners and human decency.

CHEERS to New York state for finally moving on legislation signed last year allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to offer qualified military veterans the option of having their status as a veteran indicated on their New York state driver’s license, permit or non-driver identification card. The option is available to all honorably discharged veterans. In honoring our military veterans, the state has also made it simpler to have as much information about the license holder, including a photograph, on one document. For example, many local businesses across the state provide discounts to veterans. It’s certainly more convenient for our veterans to show and verify to a retailer their status as veterans without having to carry multiple forms of identification.

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