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posticon Editorial- Should We Secede From New York?

Opinions | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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California made the news Monday when the founders of New California read their declaration of Independence from California.  They say that the expanse of the current California boundaries is ungovernable with high taxes that do not give back essential basic services such as education, infrastructure, health care, and law enforcement.  They don't want to secede from the United States.  They want to become the 51st state and at the same time secede from the state of California.  "After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable," their press release read.

California is often a leader in national movements.  Maybe New York should be looking at a similar move.  After all we 'upstaters' are always complaining that most of our tax money is sucked into New York City for proliferate social programs.  Of course, creating a new state here would bring its own unique problem.  New York is already new, compared to old York in England.  So what do we call it?  New New York?  New Upstate New York?  New New York York?

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posticon Thoughts - Does Technology Make Us Safe and Free?

Opinions | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts During my radio days, I would utilize an hour about once a month inviting a couple of friends into the studio to talk about the future of computing and technology. I called it Technophobia, not without reason. This was, mainly, prior to the advent of so-called social media (FaceBook was a distant idea, etc.), the internet of things was a sci-utopia-fantasy, autonomous cars were a dreamer's Detroit realm, and all the "stuff" that now seems commonplace or "just around the corner" was only just being yakked about. Or so we thought. My guests even introduced me to the word "ubiquitous computing" which set off my remaining alarm bells regarding my fear of coming dystopia. Isaac Asimov was beginning to look a bit dated and quaint.

During one of those sessions, my guests proposed a question that seems to persist in its relevance: "Would you rather be totally safe or totally free?"

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posticon Letters - Rejecting President Trump’s Racist Statements

Opinions | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Martha Robertson Print
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mailmanOn behalf of Tompkins County government, I want to express in the strongest possible terms our outrage at President Donald Trump's racist statements yesterday toward the Haitian people and all of Africa.

Tompkins County's Diversity Statement calls for "Zero tolerance for expressions of discrimination, bias, harassment, or negative stereotyping toward any person or group". We do not tolerate such behavior or speech among our employees and we will not tolerate it in our President.

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posticon Letters - Public Input At Town Meetings

Opinions | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Jim Evans Print
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mailmanThe complainers who say they haven't had time enough for feedback, or haven't been given enough information, make me smile, so thanks for the entertainment. Probably 90% of the complaints have already been answered in this publication, which covers town meetings exhaustively.

Jim Evans
Lansing NY
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posticon Letters - Presentation For Comprehensive Plan

Opinions | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Pat Pryor Print
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mailmanEditor, The Lansing Star:

I'm glad to see that Town Supervisor, Ed Lavigne, now appears to be on board with the proposal from new Town Councilperson, Joe Wetmore, for a series of open meetings that would encourage public input on the proposed comprehensive plan revision. As most of us recall, Joe consistently advocated for such meetings during his campaign. Lansing residents clearly have questions about the content of the proposed plan and should have the opportunity to get the information that they need to understand the proposal.

In order to facilitate the process and make sure that residents have a clear understanding of the comp plan's proposed revisions there are, I think, three important steps that should be taken:

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posticon Letters - Wetmore Called For Transparency

Opinions | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Suzanne Hinderliter Print
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mailmanDear Editor,

It is encouraging that Supervisor LaVigne has agreed to hold more public information meetings to explain the proposed Comprehensive Plan and other issues to the citizens of Lansing.

However, let’s set the record straight: the idea of holding more information meetings and to have them in different town locations first was proposed by new Board member Joe Wetmore in the fall. Prior to his election Mr. Wetmore suggested having such meetings not just regarding the Comprehensive Plan, but about Town issues in general, as a way to hear from more of the people of Lansing. Mr. Wetmore made these suggestions in his campaign literature and in speaking with voters, and in interviews with The Lansing Star (issue on November 3, 2017) and with The Lansing Ledger (issue on October 31).

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