‘You must choose, but choose wisely’

The Compass - - OPINION -

Re­mem­ber that 1989 Ge­orge Lu­cas film In­di­ana Jones and the Last Cru­sade.

It’s one of a few movies that share the ex­ploits of the em­i­nent arche­ol­o­gist with a fe­dora and whip — played by Har­ri­son Ford.

The plot of the movie is the clas­sic good ver­sus evil and sees In­di­ana Jones, along with his fa­ther (played by Sean Con­nery) rac­ing around the globe try­ing to find the Holy Grail be­fore the Nazis.

Cut out about an hour-and-a-half of boat chases, fights on tanks and a bunch of near misses, and we get to the heart of the mat­ter.

It is at this point his fa­ther had been shot and the only way to save him is with the eter­nal-life-grant­ing Holy Grail.

In­di­ana Jones finds him­self in a cham­ber filled with grails, but only one grants life and the oth­ers take it.

The pro­tec­tor of the grail tells In­die, “You must choose, but choose wisely.”

We’re call­ing spoiler alert at this point, just in case read­ers are in­ter­ested in see­ing the movie.

At the end, the head bad guy finds his way into the cham­ber, drinks from the wrong cup, shriv­els up into noth­ing more than a skele­ton and dies. Ac­cord­ing to the guardian, “He chose ... poorly.” In­di­ana picked the cor­rect grail, saves his fa­ther and all ends well be­cause he chose wisely.

It was a great piece of cin­ema and an even bet­ter anal­ogy for the Sept. 24 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

Like In­die, vot­ers have a choice to make. It might not be for the Holy Grail but it will de­ter­mine the fu­ture of their com­mu­nity for the next four years.

Vot­ers have two weeks to con­sider the can­di­dates. Don’t make it a pop­u­lar­ity con­test by vot­ing on ac­count of them be­ing your friend.

Take the time to con­sider the can­di­dates, but don’t be taken in by prom­ises you know will never come true. If a can­di­date prom­ises you a piece of the moon, you might want to con­sider a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

Check out their plat­form, does it suite the di­rec­tion you want your com­mu­nity to grow in. Is the plat­form ben­e­fi­cial to your com­mu­nity at all?

Does the can­di­date have the proper at­ti­tude for the job? Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can’t foot the bill for ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture it­self, so deal­ing with provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments is a must. Politi­cians can huff and puff about is­sues but the wrong ap­proach will get noth­ing done at the end of the day.

Look to the past for ex­am­ples. Check past ac­com­plish­ments, don’t be afraid to ask how the can­di­date has worked with other or­ga­ni­za­tions and dif­fer­ent lev­els of govern­ment to reach goals.

Some peo­ple might be happy with how things are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing in their re­spected com­mu­ni­ties, so sta­tus quo might be the choice they want to make as well. There’s noth­ing wrong with that.

So on Sept. 24 con­sider the nom­i­na­tions and cast your vote.

Be­cause the last thing you want over the next four years is a dy­ing skele­ton of a com­mu­nity and some­one say­ing: “You chose ... poorly.” — Adam Ran­del is the edi­tor of the North­ern Pen news­pa­per in St. An­thony. He can be reached at


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