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posticon Editorial - The News Virus

Opinions | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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After two months of staying at home indoors and seeing nothing but coronavirus news, it has been a relief recently to read about murders, Hong Kong's woes, and the first manned SpaceX launch. Oh, and a turtle smashed through a Georgia woman's windshield on the Harry S.Truman Parkway in Savannah. It is not known how the turtle was launched. It is pretty clear how SpaceX is launching.

Not that I'm thrilled about people getting killed, but the national press has been a bit of a one-note Johnny since COVID-19 hit, with just about every story about the virus, the politics around the virus, the impact of the virus.. it's as if the news had caught a virus itself, with each COVID-19 story multiplying and spreading around the world.

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posticon Thoughts - The Electoral College

Opinions | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Let's go back to a column I wrote a couple of months ago. It was before the pandemic upended our world, and what I'd like to discuss today was actually postponed by the lockdown. The historic arguments have been presented, though not yet resolved.

The issue is called 'faithless electors' and the essence is this: The Constitution provided for a non-democratic voting process for selecting the president called the Electoral College. Alexander Hamilton described it in this succinct manner in Federalist Paper Number 68: "Election of the president should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation."

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posticon Letters - Lifton Concern About School Aid Cuts

Opinions | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton Print
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mailmanI am deeply concerned about the possibility of additional deep cuts to education that would mean untenable losses of teachers, staff and programs in our public schools. Such cuts, as well as deep cuts to healthcare, social services, transportation and all state-funded entities, are being discussed because of the $10-15 billion hole in the state budget, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the Governor has held off from imposing post-budget cuts, with the expressed hope that the federal government will pass another disaster aid package that would bring significant assistance to New York State and all affected states.

While the US House has passed a $3 trillion “HEROES Act” package which includes such assistance, the US Senate has not agreed to any further help to individuals or to the states, to date. In the absence of this federal assistance, I will continue to urge that the legislature and the Governor enact a high-end income tax on the wealthiest New Yorkers who make more than $5 million a year, in order to stave off at least some of the cuts that would have to be done in order to preserve a balanced budget, as required by our State Constitution.

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