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posticon Editorial - This Is Government Work?!

Opinions | Friday, August 16, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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It's always fun to cover visits to Lansing by federal officials.  One of my fondest memories is sitting in the back of a pickup truck with Congressman Arcuri while he toured Turek Farm and leaned, among other things, about the importance of migrant workers in local farming.  But while it was fun to cover Congressman Tom Reed's tour of the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport Terminal Expansion and Rehabilitation project Wednesday, his visit was almost overshadowed by the efficiency and speed of getting this project done.

It would be fun to say that since the Governor announced the $24.7 million project a year ago last May it was simply born, fully grown, from the forehead of Zeus (boy, did Zeus ever have a headache after Athena was born!), a lot of work spearheaded by Airport Manager Mike Hall and other county officials led up to the project being realized.  The miracle here is somewhat on the scale of Greek Mythology, though, when you consider that an expansion of this scope is on schedule to be completed by the Governor's deadline, which is the end of this year.  This is government work.  Nothing happens fast in government.  But this is happening.

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posticon Thoughts - America Should Support Hong Kong Freedom

Opinions | Friday, August 16, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts This week's 'Thoughts' are being written further in advance than usual, and in the fast-moving world that could occasionally spell trouble as events move and change colors. Even if things slip quickly downhill between this writing and its online publication, I must get these thoughts 'out' and hope for the best, even as I feel their 'worst'.

Hong Kong became a part of the British Empire as a result of the 'Opium Wars', almost forgotten,and a treaty which made it one of the jewels of the British Crown in the late 19th and most of the 20th century. Although it was a part of the Chinese 'empire', it became an international marketplace and a haven of imperfect Western 'freedom' for most of the 20th century. It was a bastion of democratic ideals when Mao took over China at gunpoint after World War II, and the people of Hong Kong enjoyed capitalism and democratic ideals after communism surrounded it. The question "Who lost China?" in the fifties did not apply to Hong Kong.

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