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posticon Editorial - Choice in the Village

Opinions | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By - Print
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This year Village of Lansing voters had something they don't often have: choice.  Each office that was up for election had two candidates from two parties that had different points of view.  Most years members of the Community Party, a non-partisan party (there is some irony in that phrase!) of interested and engaged villagers who care deeply about the welfare of their municipality.  But this year there weren't just opposing candidates, but there was an opposing party.  This was good for villagers even if the outcome was the same.

I am not arguing that the Community Party members who have continued to be elected are doing a bad job.  I think they are doing a good job.  But in our country that should never mean they should go unchallenged.  Because there are many peripheral benefits to a contested election besides just who wins.

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posticon Letters - High Speed Internet Service Necessary for Rural Communities to Thrive

Opinions | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By Senator Pam Helming Print
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mailmanRural communities without meaningful access to broadband are at risk of falling behind their more populated counterparts. This digital divide continues in many of our rural communities and hinders job growth, slows e-commerce, and limits access to online education and healthcare – stunting population growth and holding back rural economies.

According to a recent survey, Americans spend 506 minutes, more than eight hours, each day viewing and using a variety of media. Internet use accounts for more than 30 percent of that time. We increasingly rely on the internet for access to news, shopping, connecting with friends and family, and searching for information.

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