Now that the Walmart has been somewhat nullified through local agitation and a ball-less decision through zoning rules, we have amateurs in business contemplating the idea of a cooperative retail store for Saranac Lake. This should be interesting to watch.
Well it is quite possible that this could work. We’ve even got a little mini-socialist coop in Plattsburgh. It’s quite the, er, survivor.
Sorry, maybe Communist and Socialist might be a little too extreme. After all these movements were typically led by a charismatic leader. For all the reasons that Walmart was rejected, these people think they can do it better through local ownership. The next thing that they will want to do is print their own currency “to keep the money local”. All visitors to Saranac Lake will be required to exchange their Capitalist “All-American” Money for Saranac Lake “Local Exchange Certificates”. I guess you could say I’m somewhat skeptical that this will work.