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posticon Editorial - Politicians Have Gas. Lansing Doesn't

Opinions | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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13th Anniversary Issue - Lansing Star Online

You are reading the 13th Anniversary issue of the Lansing Star Online.  The actual anniversary is on Sunday, but we publish Fridays, so this is close enough!  I usually take the opportunity to reflect over the years in the anniversary issue, but this time I want to think about Lansing's future, and how hard it is to actually have one.

Will the natural gas moratorium hurt Lansing's growth?  Yes and no.  Aristotle reportedly said, "Nature abhors a vacuum."  So where there is land to develop, developers will be there.  But less so when obstacles are put in their path.  So, the absence of natural gas isn't a deal-breaker, but it makes development just that much less desirable for many project planners.  And it presents other obstacles as well.

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posticon Thoughts - Technology and Climbing the Cyber Tree

Opinions | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I started thinking a few days ago about what I have called my 'techno-phobia', which I guess could be described as my sometimes irrational fear of technology and its effects upon human beings. My thinking wandered into the area of human progress over the centuries, for instance, when it came to things like communication, travel, and the quickness or slowness with which we watched, adopted and accepted (or rejected) these changes. For instance, communication over distances with smoke signals, drums, writing, telegraph, telephone (which many would not use for a variety of reasons for years), radio, television, computer... all that over less than two hundred years.

Well, this made me think of my grandfather. Pop was born in 1903, the year of Kitty Hawk, among many other technological innovations. Pop was an interestingly smart guy even though he completed only sixth grade in the coal cracking region of central Pennsylvania. He was a pretty good woodworker (I still have an example of that in the corner of my apartment), an excellent small engine mechanic, and an electrician of no small ability among other things. First generation American of immigrant parents and he watched the history of 20th century America unfold in the annals of the marvel of human flight. The airplane, leaving its mark upon everything it touched.

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posticon Letters - Response To Awful Letter Regarding Judges

Opinions | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Mike Sigler Print
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mailmanIt's pretty hard to surprise me, but every once and a while a letter to the editor does just that. Last week, a writer basically said our two Town Justices had no business being judges. "What is it with Lansing that we keep putting people in office of Justice who are NOT QUALIFIED?" I find this statement appalling and want to tell both of our current judges this is not a sentiment shared by most of the town.

I want to thank Justice Dave Banfield for his years of service. He's been called in the middle of the night, had to deal with an increasing workload, and has a reputation as a fair judge who weighs sentencing carefully and strives for the best outcome. Justice John Howell knows his community and is also extremely well regarded. He's been on the bench for 27 years, but didn't have judicial experience before that.

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posticon Letters - Costello for Town Justice

Opinions | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Richard A. Gardner, DDS Print
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mailmanWith enthusiasm I endorse Dick Costello's candidacy for the office of Lansing Town Justice. A friend for some 30 years and a Lansing resident for some 45 years, Dick is well qualified for the position and perhaps equally important is his commitment to the Lansing community.

Dick's long-term employment at Cornell University as coach, teacher, mentor and supervisor gives testament to his administrative and communication skills, ability to effectively deal with people from all walks of life, initiative, dependability, good judgment and tact. His awards are evidence of excellence. His endorsement by many, including both the Republican and independent Parties, is indicative of his widespread support.

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posticon Letters - The Round House

Opinions | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Claes Nyberg Print
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mailmanWe got a message from a couple in the Midwest saying that they had a few days off from work coming up and they wanted to take a trip somewhere. Since they had never explored the Finger Lakes region, that might be a nice place to visit. Was The Round House available by any chance?

It was, so they came and checked out wineries, Watkins Glen, Taughannock Falls, kayaked Cayuga Lake and enjoyed dinners at the Rogues Harbor.

Then there was the couple from El Paso, Texas, visiting relatives in Ithaca. She was an attorney and her husband an architect. The lady told us that she was an avid quilter so she enjoyed the crazy quilt that we had decorated with. Nice people.

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posticon Letters - Cayuga Coal Plant Conversion

Opinions | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Dennis Higgins Print
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mailmanWill Rogers said, "Common sense ain't common". And WC Fields said, "Horse sense is the thing a horse has that keeps it from betting on people". Let's put our heads together and use whatever sort of sense we have, to figure what's best for our community.

Wherever we live, we try to use our best judgement to make good decisions for ourselves, our neighbors, our kids. Right now, Governor Cuomo is pushing to shut down the last coal-fired power plants in the state. That includes Cayuga. Cleaning up the toxic ash, cleaning up the air: That sounds good, right? Meanwhile, Cayuga's owner, Heorot Power Holdings, wants to convert one of the coal-fired units to natural gas. That fits in with Cuomo's plan. Maybe it's a good idea, maybe not.

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