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posticon Editorial - Albany Must Support Power Plant Transition

Opinions | Friday, May 17, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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It is time for Albany to put its money where its mouth is.  The new plan to convert the Cayuga Power Plant into a cloud data center takes all local objections off the table, and creatively aligns with Governor Andrew Cuomo's energy road map and his recent announcement that all coal powered plants must shut down next year.  Not only will the plant use no fossil fuels, but if Albany grants the power allocations the company is asking for, the 100 megawatt facility will be powered by hydropower and a 15 to 20 megawatt solar farm it still intends to build.  Plus it will create 30 to 40 full time jobs with $40,000 to $60,000 annual salaries.  And it will begin to reverse the very significant tax revenue loss for Lansing schools, town, and Tompkins County.

The Power plant has lost $140 million in value since 2009, resulting in devastating tax revenue losses, especially for the Lansing school district.  To be clear, school officials now say that at the current time and revenue level the closing of the plant would not be catastrophic.  But that doesn't erase several lean years that forced layoffs and program cuts in the Lansing schools.  The new venture would certainly bring the value of the facility up, restoring some of that tax revenue loss, and bringing new well-paying jobs to Lansing.

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posticon Thoughts - Free Speech

Opinions | Friday, May 17, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I believe it may have been Thomas Jefferson that stated that without the First Amendment the next nine (in the aptly named Bill of Rights) would be superfluous, meaningless. And I believe he (or whomever it may have been who stated it early in our Republic's history) was correct.

So my initial reaction to a headline last week needed to be tempered with an understanding that so-called 'free speech' relates to "Congress shall make no law" and does not apply to the non-governmental world.

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posticon Letters - Linda Pasto for Lansing Board of Education

Opinions | Friday, May 17, 2019 | By Marc A. Catone Print
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mailmanI urge you to cast your vote for Linda Pasto to be a member of the Lansing Board of Education on Election Day, May 21st. I have known Linda for 30 years. She has put the needs of students first during her many years of service to the Lansing School community. Four of her children attended and graduated from Lansing High School...one child is still a student.

Throughout her professional career as a nursing instructor at TC3 (Professor Emeritus of Nursing and Health), Linda has volunteered on many levels within the Lansing School community. She served on the Middle School, High School, and District Site Based Decision Making Teams, is a lifetime member of the PTSO serving as president and secretary, and is a member of the Lansing Theater and Performing Arts Booster Club. Linda has worked on many events including fundraising, Teacher Appreciation week, school plays, the Thanksgiving Feast, and at sports concession stands.

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posticon Letters - Please Consider Hopkins, Tabrizi, Thompson

Opinions | Friday, May 17, 2019 | By Mike Sigler and Sarah Yunger Print
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mailmanIt's hard to find people to get involved in anything these days with everyone so busy. Every club we know of needs people, every volunteer fire department, every parent teacher student organization. That's why it's heartening to see four people running for school board. All want to serve to make our schools better and help our students achieve their goals. All are solid candidates, but there are only three seats, and in this year's election we'll be supporting Aaron Thompson, Susan Tabrizi, and Kristin Hopkins.

Aaron and Susan have served on the board, know the challenges facing the schools and invest a lot of themselves in these positions. We know how they view problems and while we may not always agree with them, they come to their positions with a frame of mind that wants to learn. They then put that knowledge to work addressing the issue.

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posticon Letters - Romulus Trash Incinerator

Opinions | Friday, May 17, 2019 | By Lou Damiani Print
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mailmanThe New York wine industry is booming, and our vineyards continue to produce some of the finest wine, not just in New York, but across the entire nation. We are now stepping onto the world stage as an internationally acclaimed wine region. But if Governor Cuomo doesn't sign the "Finger Lakes Community Act of 2019," that will all be at risk.

Circular enerG's proposal to build the state's largest trash incinerator in the Finger Lakes would be detrimental to all the progress and years of work the local community has made in developing a world-class wine producing and tourism destination.

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