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posticon Editorial - Thinking Outside the Tiny Box

Opinions | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The residents of Blackchin Boulevard have bitterly complained about an influx of skateboarders who invade their street because of topography of their neighborhood.  At Monday's Village of Lansing Trustees meeting the board discussed the purpose of purchasing a nearby parcel of what amounts to unusable land, agreeing that purchasing land to keep it "forever wild" is a laudable municipal goal.  But I had another idea.

Force the skateboarders to use the steep 270 foot rise instead of the roadway.  That would bring peace to the neighborhood, and presumably take care of the skateboarders -- it would only take one trip down that hill to stop them forever.  Win-win, right?  Thinking outside the box.

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posticon Thoughts - Albany Quote-ables, Self-driving Mapping Vehicles

Opinions | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I would think a two week hiatus from writing would do wonders for the creative urge and kick start me into another year, or at least another week, of 'Thoughts'. Kick start is the right idea, though: it felt like getting into a Model T to start after years in a barn. Can't blame the grogginess on eggnog. So, let me start with a couple of shorter ideas then move a little faster.

I was almost fascinated ( rather than disgusted) hearing a quote from an Albany lawmaker (there's a term bound to gag even the stoutest of political hearts) referencing the recommendation of a 'bipartisan' panel that their yearly pay be doubled, but still remain 'part-time' so they can earn outside income even after 'earning' over $130,000 plus lulus and per diem. This particular representative of the people said that it was only fair to allow him to make extra money because he "didn't want to saddle the taxpayer with paying for his children's college education".

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posticon Letters - Unanswered Questions About LRGC's Expanded Acreage For Lead Shot

Opinions | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Suzanne Hinderliter Print
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mailmanOn October 17, 2018, the Lansing Town Code and Enforcement Officer granted a permit to the Lansing Rod and Gun Club (LRGC) to expand their trap shooting ranges by creating another trap shooting range to the north side of Salmon Creek on 4.5 acres of wooded hillside. As a result of this permit's being granted, I have many questions.

How and why could the Town have allowed our Gun Club to construct this new trap range so close to the neighboring house, and just upstream from so many other neighbors in Ludlowville?

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posticon Letters - Tompkins: Be The One

Opinions | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Lisa Campbell Print
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mailmanThere's a county wide campaign developing that seeks to spread awareness about the importance of stable nurturing relationships. You may have heard of it: "Tompkins: Be the One."

I've been fortunate to have had more than one 'One' in my life. At the campaign's kick off in December I found it powerful to hear from individuals young and older than young, about the 'One' in their lives. For me it is powerful to simply reflect on the Ones in my life.

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posticon Letters - Bald Eagle Killing

Opinions | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Bob McGuire Print
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mailmanI am deeply saddened by the recent shooting of a Bald Eagle in the town of Caroline. This is a loss for the environment and for our community as well.

The man had set out bait in order to shoot coyotes. He told police that he mistook the eagle for a Turkey Vulture. “Taking”, (even simply harassing) an eagle, is both a State and Federal offense. The same goes for Turkey Vultures. He has been charged with violating three New York State environmental conservation laws and faces up to a $5,000 fine and 90 days in jail. His arraignment is scheduled for noon, January 22nd, in Caroline Town Court.

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