To these I offer the following questions in response: What would Saranac Lake be without the Adirondack Regional Airport, which is operated by the town of Harrietstown? What would Saranac Lake be without North Country Community College, which is jointly funded by Essex and Franklin counties?
What would Saranac Lake be without the "subsidized" communities surrounding it? Would the added burden to residents and businesses in Ray Brook, Lake Clear, or Bloomingdale really amount to a net gain for the newly founded city, let alone the area as a whole?
In a region with few opportunities for business and industry to grow and expand, those communities that benefit from something resembling urbanization have a responsibility to the region as a whole, especially because it is this region of the Adirondacks that serves as the main resource and attraction for those communities.
Matt Bosley is the editor for The Valley News. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.