Editorial - Taylor Swift Got It Right, Defending Artists' Pay

Jul032015
EditorialTaylor Swift wrote a barbed, open love letter on her blog to Apple a few weeks ago in which she took the company to task for its announced policy on paying musicians for streaming their work on Apple Music during a three month free-trial period.  Apple was not going to pay the artists.  Swift said her new mega-hit album would not be on Apple Music, and gently, but firmly told the company that artists need to be paid for their work.

"I'm not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company," Swift wrote in an open letter.  She concluded with, "But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

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Letters - Father James' Good Letter

Jul032015

Letters - Father James' Good Letter

 

mailmanThank you Father James for putting into words what I and many others feel. Thank you for being our voice. I can't believe that our representative would stab us in the back as she did. If she had done her research she would have known that that plant is one of the cleanest and most modern of any coal burning plant in the northeast.

If NYSEG wants to put in more electric wires instead of relying on our good plant, where will they get the electricity? From dirty coal burning plants in Pennsylvania? Someone will be generating our electricity and the plant in all probability won't be as clean as ours.

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Letters - Response to Star Editorial On Lifton

Jul032015

Letters - Response to Star Editorial On Lifton

 

mailmanI wish to respond to several assertions presented in the Editorial – Lifton Fails to Represent Lansing – printed in the June 26 issue.

First, I wish to provide some background information as context for my remarks. On July 20, 2012 Cayuga filed a notice with the Public Service Commission (PSC) that it intended to mothball the power plant. After a NYSEG reliability study was conducted, the PSC approved a Reliability Support Services Agreement in 2012 for the period January 2013 to January 2014. Subsequently a second Agreement was entered into for a period ending in June 2017. The potential cost to NYSEG ratepayers for continued operation, maintenance, and capital improvements for the power plant is $191.3 million (these costs may be somewhat reduced by reimbursement provisions too complex to review here). In addition, a repowering of the plant with natural gas could cost ratepayers another $145 million.

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Letters - Refuting Editorial on Lifton Representation

Jul032015

Letters - Refuting Editorial on Lifton Representation

 

mailmanThe June 26, 2015 Lansing Star bases its strongly worded editorial on many false assumptions. Below are a few of the significant ones:

False Assumption #1: All of Lansing is in favor of re-powering the Cayuga coal burning power plant.

We are homeowners in the Town of Lansing and have paid property and school taxes for over 20 yeas. We are not in favor of the Cayuga Power Plant's continued operation. We share this viewpoint with many other Lansing residents, who have made energy efficiency and environmental conservation top priorities in our lives.

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