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posticon Editorial - Climate Smart Community Believers and Agnostics

Opinions | Friday, November 22, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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On cold days I like to joke that global warming is a big disappointment to me.  Some folks, especially older folks, appreciate the humor.  But this being Ithaca and its surrounds, I am often chastised for my joke and subjected to pedantic definitions of global warming, and the now preferred label 'climate change'.  It's just a joke, folks.  Lighten up!  (And I am disappointed.  As I get older I feel colder.  A little global warming would be welcome at this point!)

Along comes a fairly new state program, Climate Smart Communities (CSC).  The program encourages local governments to adopt a resolution that includes a ten-step pledge that will reduce carbon emissions, adopt green energy, use land in more sustainable ways, and "inform and inspire the public".  Because who doesn't love to be informed and inspired?  The recent debates in the Village of Lansing have highlighted the political and practical impacts of the program. Critics say it's a nice thought, but it doesn't really do anything.  Supporters say it provides a framework for making the community ready for mandates that are sure to come from Albany, and by the way, it saves the planet.  We only have one planet so far, so it makes sense to be mindful of keeping it in good shape, at least until we have somewhere else to go.

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posticon Thoughts - Latin Roots of Impeachment (Impedīre)

Opinions | Friday, November 22, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I spent the first three years of my high school hell, I mean, sorry, experience, in a Latin class. I, II, and III, and I can hardly remember the name of the nun who dragged us through agricola, agricolae, Caesar, and Gaul (est tres parte...), but I am grateful for the knowledge of the substance of English that I gained from the hellish experience and myriad nights translating.

I was therefore mightily disappointed when I read that the phrase 'quid pro quo' (literally, 'this for that') would no longer be used by House impeachment panel members. At least the Democrats said they would no longer use it because "the average American doesn't understand Latin". No comment on how Americans understand the give and take of lawmaking, legislating and diplomacy, much as Bismark commented on admiring (but not necessarily observing) the making of sausage and laws.

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