MOUNTAIN - We support the pending legislation to improve medical reimbursements for small, rural hospitals. A Medicaid service pays a flat amount for the care needs of groups with similar conditions. The pending legislation would adjust the payment to allow community hospitals to receive payments at cost of services plus 1 percent. This legislation would help small community hospitals from losing money and perhaps save some of them from closing. We encourage Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass it.
VALLEY - It's sad that the federal government told Gov. Cuomo it will not be able to help private property owners rebuild from horrible flooding up here in late April and early May. We understand that our need might be less than that in the nation's many disaster-struck areas this year, but the federal government's messy flood insurance system is partly to blame, as our managing editor Peter Crowley explained in a column June 2. Anyway, the upshot for flood victims here is that they have no help in paying for expensive repairs that, in the case of mold, really should have already been done by now. We hope no bankruptcies or abandoned buildings result in our area.
MOUNTAIN - of cheers that Roby Politi has a clean bill of health and therefore has decided to run again for supervisor of the town of North Elba. It should be a good race against town Councilman Derek Doty; we expect it will be vigorous and issues-based, a healthy choice for townspeople. This isn't an endorsement, but we are happy to see Mr. Politi looking healthy. We congratulate him on being a survivor and wish him many years of healthy, cancer-free life. Last year he spoke at the Tri-Lakes Relay for Life, so mark your calendar for this year's event to be held on Sept. 17 at the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid.
MOUNTAIN - to hopes, which haven't yet solidified into plans, to beef up Saranac Lake's Willard Hanmer Guide Boat Races for their 50th running next summer. We hope many of those who remember the races' glory days will volunteer to help or race for the 50th. To do so, call Chris Covert at 518-891-1144 or Chris Woodward at 518-891-3961.