Being my first editorial as editor of the News Enterprise, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and propose my current vision for future of the newspaper to you, the readership.
Academically, my background is in anthropology and philosophy. I have worked on numerous archaeological sites and in several research laboratories- strattling that fine line between the 'hard' sciences and the 'soft'.
Over the last year I have been writing for the Adirondack Journal, covering county-wide politics and feature news under the incredible toutalage of the venerable Thom Randall..
After returning from graduate study in New Mexico, I knew that I wanted to continue a family tradition and make a life surrounded by the omnipotent beauty of the Adirondack Park. In very few western locations can the human primate so closely interact with its evolutionary cousins.
In combination with some genetic predispositions, this background has largely defined my fascination with people and the institutions which they create and function within. No other species has created such complex systems of relationships and associations. But it is important to remember that the goals of these institutions are typically derivative of our biological heritage- we are after all a social species.
The fascinating socio-economic experiment that defines the park itself is certainly one of the most unique circumstances which I have ever witnessed. The push/pull between regulation and the search of economic viability is all-encompassing here- defining our politics, policy and methods of subsistence.
Honestly, how many people can say the live in a museum - so vast and grand that Thoreau himself would be jealous?
As for the paper, I have two goals. The first is that I want to produce viable and compelling news coverage that touches on the often vague nuances of any given issue. This will require me to find a balance between the 'hard' news and features.
Without either of these components, the pulse of the communities which I am privileged to cover will never be attained.
Of equal importance, I am asking you, the readership, to play an active role as well.
If I screw something up, write a letter to the editor. If there is an issue- local, national, international- which inspires you, write a letter.
I envision the NE as a sounding board for anyone so impassioned as to accumulate their ideas in writing and 'put themselves out there.' Who knows, one letter may spur several others the next week. Eureka- we have discourse!
All I ask is that all letters maintain a level of respect to everyone involved and fall within the most liberal limits of journalistic ethics. In other words, no slander please.
Without this discourse, communities can stall- remaining mired in misunderstanding of opposing concepts and paradigms. Combatting this is a primary function of a community newspaper and it is my goal to promote conversation in anyway possible.
It is my goal to contribute something to this region, but I can't do it alone. With your help we just may do something very special in one of the grandest ecosystems on the continent.
Jon Alexander is editor of the News Enterprise. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org