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posticon Editorial - What Flags Should Lansing Fly?

Opinions | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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'The road to Hell is paved with good intentions'.  That's what the Lansing Town Board is facing with a flag policy it will consider next week.  Whose flags should join the American flag on the Town hall flag pole?  And what statements should be allowed on town property?  And what philosophies should be shunned.

Town Board members seemed genuinely perplexed at their last meeting as they struggled with supporting all Lansing residents and wanting to show tangible support (such as flying the LGBTQ flag) to groups espousing a positive message (such as pride).  But the specter of quashing free speech, or showing municipal favoritism made what seemed like such an obvious decision problematic.  A few proclaimed they would never approve a Nazi flag.  But on the advice of the Town's attorney they may need to worry about the consequences of that stance, even though it seems like an obvious position to take.

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posticon Thoughts - Ramblings, Musings

Opinions | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts My thoughts this week (ramblings, musings) seem shorter and somewhat more fragmented this week than normal. But, maybe there is optimism to be found in brevity. Well... maybe not.

I was fascinated this week by a press release from the Tompkins County Public Library. Evidently a group calling themselves the Community Learning and Service Partnership is offering a free course to prospective citizens in what we used to call 'civics': instruction in American government, history, geography and holidays. It is intended for prospective citizens who yearn to take the 100 question citizenship 'exam'. Can you imagine the angst of these people who have made the momentous decision to not only enter our country, but have dived into the 'deep end' of the pool, learning our language, culture, with job applications, citizenship paperwork, and now, a one hundred question pop quiz which probably couldn't be passed by a majority of 'native-born Americans'.

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