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posticon Editorial - Lack of Vision for the Town Center?

Opinions | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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In an unusual twist Monday, Lansing Town Planning Board Chairman Tom Ellis said he would recuse himself from any votes on the Cornerstone project, a 72 unit one, two, and three-bedroom apartment project that would offer subsidized housing to a portion of its residents.  Ellis said town officials have not adequately planned as preparation for developers to build on the 156 acres of town land across State Route 34B from the Town ball fields.

"I've thought about this back and forth and up and down...," he said at Monday's Planning Board meeting. "I would suggest a moratorium on any development on this land until the Town can get its eggs in the basket correctly.  We don't know who's paying for infrastructure, or where.  We don't know who is paying for roads from where to where.  What does the next developer do?  We don't know about any permanent roads.  It hasn't been planned.  That's unacceptable.  I don't think the Town's ready to develop this yet."

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posticon Thoughts - Guns and the Texas Massacre

Opinions | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts My partner of sixteen years has always been slow to anger and quick to forgive. She has had plenty of opportunity to prove these admirable traits, putting up with me and my own less than admirable traits over the years. So, last Sunday evening I was quite taken aback when, inquiring if she had heard more news of yet another massacre (how else could I describe it?) by gunfire, this time in a church in Texas, the words that cascaded from her mouth were laced, peppered, with some words which were rare, and quite explicitly anger-driven and not, shall we say, expressible in polite company that she and I usually keep.

Her pain, anger and frustration came out in a torrent, accompanied by tears and a shaking of her fist. Twenty-six dead, including many children, in a church. Ten percent of that town's population now dead and wounded by a man wielding at least one gun and hundreds of rounds. The fact that it was a church, again, was a righteous part of her anger, and fear, for she is the pastor of a small local church, and the vulnerability she felt, as well as the contradiction of the Christian message in a place of worship added incredibly to the sadness and a sense of loss adding to her stream of tearful invective.

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posticon Letters - Thoughts

Opinions | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Ella F. Holden Print
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mailmanKudos to Casey Stevens for putting the time, effort, and thought into writing his article regarding drug issues in Tompkins County. Let's try it.

Jim Evans is spot on when he questions whether the cry for the Cargil Salt Mine closing is truly environmental. He always does his 'homework'.

Ella F. Holden
Lansing, NY
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