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 upcoming 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.
The nominations are out for a lot of communities, with others being finalized this week. (The Nor'Wester will have lists of candidates in our Sept. 12 edition).
That leaves three 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 Randell is editor of the Northern Pen