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posticon Editorial- Lee Rayburn Will Be Missed

Opinions | Friday, April 20, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Wednesday's news that Lee Rayburn and The Morning Newswatch were departed from the local air waves was sad news for the Tompkins County community.  A bastion of local news and talk, Morning Newswatch was also a haven for local organizations, politicians, musicians, and artists to reach out to the community and talk about what local people care about.

Lee is a gentle and generous interviewer putting people at ease and helping them sound their best.  Both Karen (my other half, personally and at the Lansing Star) and I both appeared on his show numerous times, and his genuine warmth and enthusiasm for what we do was evident each time.  He made on-air interviews fun, even for people who were nervous about speaking on the radio, making sure all the points a guest wanted to touch on were covered.  He had a way of putting folks at ease.

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posticon Thoughts - Open Debate in America

Opinions | Friday, April 20, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Taking a week off was a difficult thing for me to do. Always has been. My brain has always imagined the world saying upon my return: "Oh, you were gone?" When I retired from radio, it turned out I had thirteen weeks of unused vacation. They agreed to give me three weeks pay, not thirteen. But I had scheduled a lot last week, probably too much, into my life (a church workshop, writing a sermon, a trip to western NY, just for starters) so getting a week to gather my thoughts was allowing myself some regeneration and, really, just common sense. And allowing some of the world to seep into my brain and pen. Leave it to me to rationalize and/or apologize for taking time off.

I'm somewhat bemused at listening to James Comey's comments (and the answering rants on Twitter) on his book tour as reported/repeated by various radio outlets. He continues to use various ways to call Trump a liar, a prevaricator, a stranger to the truth, etc. I think the veracity of that judgement is probably accurate, but (and?) I look back over much of my life (both experience and historical readings) and come to a sad conclusion/question: Don't we Americans have a tendency to elect liars?

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