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posticon Editorial - New York Exodus

Opinions | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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When my daughter had been at college in southern Virginia long enough to make close friends, they explained to her the difference between a 'Yankee' and a 'Damned Yankee'.  "A Yankee," they told her, "is a northerner who comes to visit the south.  A Damed Yankee stays."  This was a whole different interpretation for me, because my definition was 'Damned Yankees', a musical with book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, famous for the song 'Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets', and starring -- in the original production -- Ray Walston (of 'My Favorite Martian' fame) as Mr. Applegate (a devil), and Gwen Verdon as Lola.

Now I learned that I am a Yankee, and my daughter, who has since settled in North Carolina, is a damned Yankee (she is very amused by this concept, and has adamantly held true to her central New York accent).  The thing is, I am increasingly thinking about becoming a damned Yankee because it is too darned expensive to live here.  I'm even practicing.  "Ah usedta live in South Lansin'," I tell people.  "But 25 ye-ahs ago ah moved two miles noth and I lost mah accint!"

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posticon Thoughts - Weather, The Vet, Public Transportation, Rep Chris Collins

Opinions | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Meteorologically speaking, it's been a strange and variable summer, hasn't it?? The heat of May and June, the almost drought of July and now the tropical monsoons of August all combine to challenge us for superlatives and wondering what's next.

A friend asked me this morning 'Do you think it's climate change?' and I could only honestly reply that 'It's been an unusual season', thinking that it takes more than a couple of weird months to create a 'climate', but am willing to admit that it sure seems that we are dealing with an interesting series of 'unusual seasons'. The answer logically to 'what's next' would be winter, of course, assuming Ma Nature blesses us with a 'normal' autumn. A couple of shorter 'Thoughts' this week will avoid more talk of weather. I was always fond of Randy Travis' line about '...old men always talking about the weather and old women always talking about old men...'

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posticon Letters - Support for Maura Kennedy-Smith for Town Justice

Opinions | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Suzanne Hinderliter Print
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mailmanI recently had the opportunity to work with Maura as we gathered signatures on petitions for her to run for Lansing Town Justice. She has an incredible background which suits her well for this position. She has been a lawyer for nearly 20 years, part of which time she was in private practice; she now works as principal court attorney for the Honorable Joseph Cassidy in Tompkins County Court. In her position she researches and drafts decision, conducts pretrial conferences, reviews pleadings and other court documents, among other tasks.

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posticon Letters - Cuomo's Prison Visit Highlights Need to Pass Contraband Bill

Opinions | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By NYS Senator Pam Helming, 54th District Print
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mailmanGovernor Andrew Cuomo's recent visit to the Great Meadow Correctional Facility highlights the need to crack down on prison contraband and improve safety. According to media reports, the Governor has indicated he will release a prison reform plan in January. Any "reform plan" needs to address the contraband crisis plaguing our prisons and driving the drug and violence epidemic.

The Governor's visit comes after a 20- to 25-inmate fight that occurred last Wednesday at this state maximum security prison. The facility went into lockdown to quell the violence. Nearly 10 canisters of tear gas had to be used to break up the fighting. According to reports, "multiple weapons were found after the fight." Incidents like this are why we need to adopt legislation that allows effective screening of packages and visitors, to keep weapons and dangerous drugs out of state prisons.

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posticon Letters - For Kennedy-Smith

Opinions | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Elisabeth Hegarty Print
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mailmanLiterally months after I wrote my first letter to the editor about judicial qualifications, I learned there is an attorney running for this office on the Democratic ticket. Her name is Maura Kennedy-Smith. SO THERE IS HOPE! At least she passed the NY Bar Exam once upon a time.

After reading all of the wonderful qualities that Dick Costello possesses, I still have not seen anyone address his QUALIFICATIONS FOR A JUDICIAL OFFICE. These have nothing to do with how friendly he is. He could be the nicest guy in the world and still be lousy judge because he is NOT qualified.

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