MOUNTAIN - Garry Trudeau's new pin design for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival looks great, as usual. He invoked the 2013 theme, "Under the Sea," by putting Zonker swimming amid a school of fish, in a pose that children of the '90s will recognize as being reminiscent of Nirvana's "Nevermind" album cover. Thankfully, the subject here is not entirely naked.
Our only beef is that this is Zonker's sixth year in a row on the pin. Sure, he's charismatic and all, but another of Doonesbury's many characters would be a refreshing change.
The button has a poster to go with it, but those hadn't been revealed as of this writing Thursday afternoon. We'll be excited to see it. Last year was the first time Mr. Trudeau - who, as we're always proud to say, grew up in Saranac Lake - did a poster to go along with the pin, and it was spectacular. He set the bar high, but we're sure this one will be pretty cool, too.
MOUNTAIN - The rescue of a fallen ice climber from Nippletop Mountain last weekend was a Herculean effort. With weather too dicey to use a helicopter, about 30 rescuers spent 27 to 28 hours getting the climber from the high, wild rock slide to the nearest hospital. He was badly hurt, but he's alive and recovering, thanks to these rescuers. They're the kind of heroes we're proud and grateful to have as our neighbors here in the Adirondacks.
MOUNTAIN - It's good the U.S. Department of Agriculture is loosening its one-size-fits-all calorie caps on school lunches nationwide. It was a bad idea to assume that just because more American kids are obese these days, all of them should eat less. This change is a good example of political pressure working, and of the need for our federal system's checks and balances.
VALLEY - The USDA school lunch restrictions are a bad example of unelected officials doing an end run around lawmakers to make rules with huge effects on Americans' lives. Congress should take more control of this, but to do so, it will need to shape up and make itself a more efficient and effective law-making body.
MOUNTAIN - to Tupper Lake village officials for seriously looking into putting an outdoor skating rink in the Municipal Park - something many local people would like - but also for their healthy skepticism about cost and use. We hope it works out, but it needs to be worth the investment.