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posticon Editorial - Color Bias is Stupid

Opinions | Friday, June 05, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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When I think about issues of race, I think about Star Trek. The program was able to take on controversial social issues in the late 1960s because they slipped quite a lot of things past the censors under the guise of science fiction. On January 10th, 1969 I watched the episode entitled 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield' that convinced me that racism is stupid. Perhaps everyone should watch it now, given that while a lot has changed since 1969, a lot hasn't changed.

Essentially the episode is about a man being rescued by the Enterprise crew. The left side of his face is black and the other half white. It turns out he is being pursued by another alien from the same planet -- the right side of his face is white and the other half black. The point is that they are the same with the one difference that black and white are on reversed sides. Nobody every accused the original Star Trek series of subtlety.  Still, if you weren't paying attention, both men looked the same. The only possible conclusion for viewers was that racism is stupid. That something as arbitrary as color could define a human being (or an alien from the planet Cheron) simply doesn't make sense.

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posticon Thoughts - Fact Checking and the Commander in Tweet

Opinions | Friday, June 05, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Considering the well- and lesser-known stressors to our common psyche these days, I think up to this point we as a people should have been patting our collective back and perhaps saying, "Who's a good boy / girl?" to ourselves, until this week. Now I'm riled up, and I think much of America is behind me, as the common good seems to have been threatened from several quarters.

First, last week's executive order from the Chest-Thumper-in-Chief, which hopefully spawns a cottage industry of lawsuits. Trump, with his partner in crime William Barr, is itching to question and overturn what is termed 'Section 230' of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. It has been widely viewed as a protection for internet platforms against lawsuits pertaining to content.

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posticon Letters - Sheriff Department Fostering Trust

Opinions | Friday, June 05, 2020 | By Sheriff Derek Osborne Print
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mailmanThe Sheriff's Office would like to express its continued commitment to building a trusted and respected relationship with all community members. My campaign two years ago was based on this desire. Since I was elected Sheriff, I have remained committed to leading our agency in being actively engaged with all members of our community and to establishing and following best practices in the law enforcement profession.

We are all feeling a mix of emotions around the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. His death was inexcusable. As your Sheriff, the Tompkins County community can be reassured that I am dedicated to creating a culture that prioritizes the building of trust and legitimacy through community policing, training, and education.

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posticon Letters - Voting Important for Our Community

Opinions | Friday, June 05, 2020 | By NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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mailmanOn May 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order (EO) 202.26. This EO includes a number of initiatives impacting school and library district elections. Notably, it ELIMINATES all in-person voting and changes the election to a strictly vote-by-mail process.

Like so many of the EOs issued over the past few months, this guidance has created confusion. As the June 9th school and library elections approach, several unknowns still remain.

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posticon Letters - Why Seph Murtagh for Assembly

Opinions | Friday, June 05, 2020 | By Liz Hartman Print
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mailmanWho we choose to represent us in the State Assembly this year matters more than ever. Our state legislature will be tasked with rebuilding our economy in the face of a major budget shortfall. I’m supporting Seph Murtagh because of his ability to work effectively with others, his experience in state and local government and his sterling reputation for constituent service. As chair of Ithaca’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, Seph has a deep understanding of the challenges facing local governments and will be able to effectively advocate for our local communities.

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posticon Letters - Vote For Jason Leifer

Opinions | Friday, June 05, 2020 | By Dan Lamb Print
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mailmanWe have an important primary vote on June 23rd for the New York State Assembly. Our state is in crisis, and experience matters now more than ever. I want a candidate who can reach across racial, cultural, and political divides and find ways to fix our broken system. I want a candidate who can take on big corporations, so the deck is always stacked in their favor. I want a candidate who will reject the status quo, think creatively, and get fresh ideas put into law.

Jason Leifer is that candidate. As a town supervisor with more than a dozen years in elected office, as an attorney defending clients struggling at the margins of our society, as a community leader and a parent of school-age kids, Jason offers a set of accomplishments and experiences that set him apart.

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posticon Letters - The killing of George Floyd

Opinions | Friday, June 05, 2020 | By Jordan Lesser Print
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mailmanThe horrifying and unnecessary killing of George Floyd has, again, exposed the deep, long-standing flaws in our society and in our justice system. The officer responsible for George's death has been charged with 3rd degree murder, and this is a good start, but it will not bring him back, nor will it stem the pain, fear and trauma of the long history of violence against people of color. Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner, the list goes on. Too many have died wrongfully at the hands of the police. These wanton killings are telling people of color: you are less than fully human. You don't have the same rights as other citizens. And unless, or even if, you are compliant in the face of pain, fear and chaos, you can be killed by the police. End of story. This is completely unacceptable.

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