Practical Solutions in Unsettled Times

Hasty action seems to be the rule of the day in Washington, where sweeping legislation is rushed through to meet an artificial deadline. Fortunately, that's not the case with the menu of ballot questions awaiting Orleans voters on May 16. They'll find five items that have been well vetted by town officials and, as of Monday night, by town meeting.

That body said yes to a new DPW/natural resources facility, to more work on water quality projects (after choosing to trim the request), to demolition of the Tri-Town Septage Plant and its aged compost building, and to a feasibility study of renovations to Nauset High. It rejected a ban on recreational marijuana retail establishments, which cancels out the related ballot question. We hope townspeople who didn't make it town meeting will consider its wise counsel on these matters if they come out to vote Tuesday at the senior center.

There's only one race on the ballot, for selectman. The three candidates for two seats have conducted their campaigns fairly and with respect. They share a common sense approach to the issues of the day and an obvious love of this special place. Based on our observations, Erik Oliver and Mefford Runyon have the experience and vision needed by the community now. We urge their support.