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posticon Editorial - High Speed Broadband At Last?

Opinions | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Last time the County initiated a county-wide Internet initiative it was helpful in filling in some of the unserved areas, but the WiFi solution was somewhat limited.  And it was disappointing to some residents who had high hopes of finally getting high speed Internet only to find that they couldn't.  I remember talking to a Lansing teacher about his woes in getting a signal that would work, not to mention his depressing attempts to get Spectrum to cover his area without requiring him to spend thousands of dollars to get it to his house.

In my opinion he is one of Lansing's very best teachers, and the thought of someone like that not having decent Internet access was really depressing to me (you can imagine how he felt!).  That was eight years ago, and things haven't gotten substantially better.  I haven't talked to this teacher since COVID-19 hit, but how did he cope with remote teaching?  Not just remote teaching, but remote teaching that was thrust upon teachers with no advanced notice?  That underscores the notion that high speed Internet is a utility that is just as vital to modern life as electricity and water.

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posticon Thoughts - Cutting Essential Positions in Ithaca

Opinions | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Sociologists, psychologists, historians, and just plain society watchers are going to be very busy in the next many years analyzing and dissecting all that came about in this pandemic year of 2020. The confluence of disease, politics, racial division, and lockdown, not to mention the general upheaval of what we considered normal or every day, has given a sense of unbalance to individuals, families, schools, and businesses. The search for answers has a deep sense of uncertainty and fear. Many are looking to the past, and find little solace, while the future seems to have shrunk to little more than today's reality, not tomorrow's possibilities.

I found a piece of what is called Harper's Index to be interesting and realized I could work it into a local context.

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posticon Letters - Are You Welcome Here?

Opinions | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Doug Baird Print
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mailman'You’re Not Welcome Here.' This slogan of Ithaca’s hate gangs in the October 18 attack perfectly summarizes the County’s policy towards the rural community: You’re not welcome here.

The Cornell planner’s opinion: that Lansing’s rural residents “did not deserve” to live there, and the deliberate exclusion of rural residents from any participation by Town and County authorities, is only one of the many incidents of bias and intolerance that define the County’s agenda.

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