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posticon Editorial - America Needs a No Party System

Opinions | Friday, September 18, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Last presidential election year I was faced with a dilemma.  For various and very different reasons I thought the two major party candidates would be equally bad for the country.  My son argued that while the Libertarian party candidate wasn't much better, voting for him would at least give the country a chance of having a three party system. The two party system has clearly broken the country.  Perhaps a third major party could fix it.  So I did.  And two things happened.  My worst White House nightmare came to be, and there still weren't enough votes to elevate a third party.

In my opinion things wouldn't be a whole lot better if the other candidate had won, so I knew my nightmare would come true either way.  This year I think we do have better choices, but when I spoke to a good friend who I consider to be intelligent, well-reasoning fellow, he said the same thing I said four years ago.  Oh dear!

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posticon Thoughts - Are These Desperate Times a Lake Turnover?

Opinions | Friday, September 18, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts In certain theological circles, there's a loose theory (or hypothesis, I guess), that goes like this: approximately every five-hundred years or so, organized Christianity seems to experience an intense internal turmoil, leaving a lot of human and theological detritus behind as it progresses into a new cycle. It's a convenient and curious thought, apropos to today's arguments and divisions, though not quite exact, either mathematically or historically, but still interesting.

Thinking of this led me to a memory of being told by a friend that the Dalai Lama has supposedly laughed at the belief that cosmic reality, space, or time could be divided by the precise lines of the human clock: sixty minutes, seven days, one-hundred years, etc. A true example of hubris.

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posticon Letters - Town Should Nix New Dollar General Store

Opinions | Friday, September 18, 2020 | By Sciarabba, Ruoff, and Eisenhut Families Print
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mailman Lansing Town Board and Lansing Planning Board
Lansing Town Hall
29 Auburn Road
Lansing, NY 14882

Dear Board Members:

As residents and business owners within the Town of Lansing, we are sharing our concern regarding the proposed new development of a dollar store in North Lansing. From review of the submitted plans and public information provided to the community, it appears a Dollar General is being proposed near the northern edge of Lansing along Rt 34. ( Application for Site Plan Review of construction of a new 9,100 s.f. retail store and site improvements on NYS 34 / North of Locke Rd (Tax Parcel No. 5.-1-32))

We urge town and planning board members to move slowly and carefully through this process and insure that the long term interests of our community are properly served. Municipalities across the United States have taken action to restrict the proliferation of formula businesses due to the detrimental impact they have on the community.

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posticon Letters - Limit Solar Acreage To Protect Farmland

Opinions | Friday, September 18, 2020 | By Mike Sigler Print
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mailmanHello Town Board,

Now that the Solar Law has passed, I'm hoping you will consider amending it. I understand a local law and changes to it likely won't be able to stop the state from allowing 1000 to 2000 contiguous acres of land changing from farmland, growing crops to feed people and animals, into industrial sites, but what I am hoping to do here is mitigate what I see as damage.

It's often stated when someone doesn't want something, they are being "Not in my backyard," or NIMBY. Yes, I don't want an industrial site literally 100 feet from my backyard when it's been "zoned" for agriculture for the last two centuries. What's wrong with that? I didn't move to the country to live in the city and even if I lived in the city, I'd likely not choose to live 200 feet from a factory. Is the city of Ithaca allowing factories to move into Fall Creek? If there's any question these sites are industrial, the assessment changes from agriculture to industrial when the land is leased.

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posticon Letters - Route 13/ Warren Rd. 'Improvements'

Opinions | Friday, September 18, 2020 | By Jeff Diver Print
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mailmanDo you remember? Probably not.

Way back in 1968 a limited-access highway corridor was laid out between Warren Rd. and Cortland. The goal was to provide an economic boost to the region by connecting it directly to Interstate 81 via a 55 mph 4-lane limited-access highway.

Meanwhile, people were killing each other at the grade crossing of Route 13 at Triphammer Rd. Traffic lights had only very recently replaced the original stop signs. Eventually, after much foot-dragging, many hearings, endless studies and general dilly-dallying while more lives were lost, an overpass was constructed at Triphammer.

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posticon Letters - Reunite Nursing Home Residents and Families

Opinions | Friday, September 18, 2020 | By NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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mailmanNothing is more important than family. For months, residents of New York nursing homes have been isolated from their loved ones. It is time to reunite them.

As our state continues to safely reopen, and new COVID-19 cases remain low, nursing homes and long-term care facilities should be empowered to implement plans for safely resuming in-person family visits.

After listening to countless families and their loved ones in my district, I am deeply concerned that these months of isolation have taken a serious toll on the mental and physical well-being of our older citizens.

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posticon Letters - University Textbook Affordability

Opinions | Friday, September 18, 2020 | By Elizabeth Nichols Print
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mailmanWhen it comes to the cost of a higher education, tuition isn't the only thing students are worried about. Aside from tuition, meal plans, and more, students struggle every year with facing the costs of textbooks.

In these unpredictable times, with many out of work, textbook costs have become even harder to afford than ever, especially since many universities are not offering reduced tuition rates for remote courses. All students should have access to the educational resources needed to succeed in earning their degree, and shouldn't have to pick and choose between courses and other necessities based on textbook costs.

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