Editorial - Who Lansing Will Vote For?

Oct312014

Editorial - Who Lansing Will Vote For?

 

EditorialAs far as elected positions in Lansing are concerned, I will tell you I am voting for Dave Banfield for Town Justice.  I say that despite a nearly ten year old policy of The Lansing Star not endorsing candidates.  While I do think he does a great job as Town Justice (even though, as one of his first cases, he didn't let me off an unjust traffic ticket without a fine), the fact is that he is running uncontested.  I suppose I could vote for no one, but I like Dave and I like the job he is doing.  Except that traffic fine.  I'll give him a pass because he was a novice judge at the time!

I have normally provided more election coverage than I have this year.  One of my favorite parts of the job is interviewing federal and state candidates, asking opponents the same questions and seeing how differently they answer them.  I was unable to do that this year for personal reasons, but I hope to be able to resume it for next year's elections.

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Letters - Getting Reed's Record Straight

Oct312014

Letters - Getting Reed's Record Straight

 

mailmanIn my 52 years as a responsible American I voted for the people who I believed would serve the public in empowering ways ensuring that all of us get the same opportunities to thrive as is why our nation is so great. Both sets of my grand parents were immigrants and helped to mold this nation. My father, a first generation born in America served in the Army in WWII, my brother in Viet Nam. I spent my twenties on 4 duty stations around the world as a partner to a Chief in the US Navy, during Dessert Storm. When I see old glory fly the pride I have for this nation and those who serve it is immeasurable. When I see it cover a coffin of fallen soldier I, like many Americans cannot contain my emotions. I now serve as a volunteer and member of the American Military Partner Association, a non profit, non partisan organization that reaches out to elected officials seeking help in getting care denied to our troops so I went to speak with Congressmen Tom Reed about the needs of our troops.

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Letters - Suicide Prevention Fundraising

Oct312014

Letters - Suicide Prevention Fundraising

 

mailmanThe September 20th Out of the Darkness walk scheduled as on the heels of the National Suicide Awareness Week, and hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), was a successful event , which attracted 373 walkers and raised over $19,000.

When I decided  to participate in the event ,  I went to the AFSP website to register and the more I read, the more I began to wonder how our local Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service (SPCS) would benefit this fundraising event.  Since I was not directed to make out my check to our Center, I wanted to know specifically how much of the money raised makes its way to us.

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Letters - In Support Of Ravo

Oct312014

Letters - In Support Of Ravo

 

mailmanDear Editor:

We are proud to support Jules Ravo for Dryden Town Justice. Jules approaches problems with objectivity and creativity. He is passionate about the law and insists on treating everyone with dignity and respect. Jules' honesty, integrity and knowledge will be a great asset to the Dryden community.

Walter J. Wiggins and Heidi S. Paulino
Town of Ithaca
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Letters - Shale Gas Dependency

Oct312014

Letters - Shale Gas Dependency

 

mailmanIn 2008, our Tompkins County legislature adopted a goal of reducing county greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 as part of its Energy Element amendment to the county comprehensive plan.

For any county goal to be meaningful, we have to make sure there is alignment with our other goal-setting, policymaking, and budgeting activities. We especially need greater coordination between our energy and climate goals and our economic development strategy. Tompkins County needs to insist on full-cost accounting and risk assessment whenever proposals to expand fossil fuel-dependency are brought forth.

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