Editorial - Fighting For Truth, Justice, The American Way and Cheesiness

supergirl120If you are of a certain age you may remember 'The Adventures of Superman' starring George Reeves as the Man of Steel and Noel Neill as Lois Lane.  In each episode Superman fought for truth, justice and the American way.  That frequently meant saving Lois and Jimmy Olsen from whomever the evildoer of the week happened to be.  It was cheesy and by today's standard the special effects were, well... cheesy.  It was black and white in more ways than one -- good was good and evil was evil.  And it was terrific and highly popular.

Did I mention cheesy?  How many times did we watch Reeves jump through a paper wall, or watch rubber knives bend when they were thrust at him?  Didn't we suspect that the camera was turned on its side while a fan blew downward so it would look like an actually standing Reeves and his flowing cape were flying?  How we loved it when he bent steel beams (no doubt made of rubber) with a straight face!

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Letters -- How Many Test Takers Are In Albany?

May222015

Letters -- How Many Test Takers Are In Albany?

 

mailmanNot that I like justifying a bad idea with another bad idea, but perhaps we should offer the politicians in Albany a chance to show us their competence by taking an exam on the issues they vote on and the unintended consequences of the legislation they pass on the issues.

Instead of getting our information from the newspaper, we could use their test scores as a basis for how we vote. We could also tie their salary with how well they do on the exam. After analyzing the test scores, we could determine which political party or parties may be failing us.

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Letters - 2015/16 Lansing School Budget

May222015

Letters - 2015/16 Lansing School Budget

 

mailmanThe School Board's claim that it 'understands how difficult the burden of tax increases is on the residents of Lansing' is questionable, but even if it's true, it has certainly has made no difference in their willingness to add to that burden. Let's examine this year's budget brochure to see how the parts fit together in a recurring 'tax to the max' scenario.

The brochure on the proposed school budget hearing (Monday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m.) arrived in my mailbox on Friday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m. Last minute notifications are a classic technique to reduce attendance and prevent any organized opposition at public meetings. Surely, with such an important annual budget, more than a couple of days can be provided to review the final proposed budget and publicly discuss it, especially when its tax 'footprint' is larger than all the other town and county taxes combined.

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Letters --Tom Reed

May222015

Letters --Tom Reed

 

mailmanOnce again the Lansing Star has provided Tom Reed with a platform from which to misrepresent his actions in Congress without analysis or public debate.

In today's (15 May) Star, Reed boasts of his support for what he and other anti-government reactionaries in the House of Representatives call the Government Integrity Protection Act, which he touts as property owner protection.

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