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posticon Editorial - Political Sideshows

Opinions | Friday, October 18, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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When my dad was the mayor of a small Florida city, not one rival politician, to my knowledge, attacked me or my sister in a public forum.  I guess we dodged a bullet.  Look at what's happened recently to Hunter Biden, and to Ivanka Trump's business. The fact is that the children of politicians, for the longest time off limits, are now political targets.  And that is bad for our democracy, because it is another distraction on the heap of side-shows that obfuscates actual issues and what candidates might do to make life better for constituents.

In the Trump family a case may be made that some of his children, including Ivanka, were fair game because he brought them into the White House as presidential advisors.  But for the most part kids have been off limits.  And rightly so.  When they are children there is no possible excuse for bringing them inside the political center ring unless their parents put them there, in which case an argument could be made that Social Services should step in because they are abusive parents.  But even when the kids are grown up, the only reason they might be legitimate targets is if they are doing something illegal involving their elected or soon to be possibly elected parents.

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posticon Thoughts - Impeachment

Opinions | Friday, October 18, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Memories of the previous impeachment. Was it 1999? Standing on the Ithaca Commons on a Saturday around noon, snow blowing around two of us: Me, dressed warmly, with a triumphant cigar in my mouth, and my radio colleague, in cowboy hat, and pink tutu, also a cigar in mouth, holding a sign which read: "Because I made a stupid bet with a talk show host, that's why!!". Cars honking wildly as they turned from State Street to North Cayuga Street.

What happened, you ask?? Q-Country's morning host bet me (political animal extraordinaire and morning host of WHCU Morning Report) that Billy Jeff Clinton would be convicted in a Senate trial after being impeached (basically, accused/indicted) by the House, and my contrarian posit that conviction vote would fail to reach the required two thirds majority. We made the bet on air, both on QCountry and WHCU.

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posticon Letters - Town of Lansing Elections

Opinions | Friday, October 18, 2019 | By Dick Costello Print
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mailmanIt will be soon be time to vote in fall elections in the Town of Lansing. Is it at all possible that our registered voters could vote for the best candidates instead of the party? What a refreshing thought!

Ed Lavigne - Present Town Supervisor : proven track record, uncompromising honesty and integrity.

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posticon Letters - Political Attacks

Opinions | Friday, October 18, 2019 | By Connie Wilcox Print
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mailmanI am sick to my stomach, never, have I ever seen such personal attacks on a town official as I witnessed tonight at the Town Board meeting. All for the sake of wanting to win an election at all costs. What happened to telling voters what you want to accomplish of elected rather than sling mud at your opponent and try to soil someone's reputation.

"The Heart and Soul of Lansing" lays in Edward Lavigne, he truly cares about Lansing and the residents, he has only made things better. He has a great list of accomplishments that can be validated. Show him your support. Vote Edward Lavigne, Town Supervisor November 5. Better yet vote early.

Connie Wilcox
Lansing, NY
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posticon Letters - Privilege of the Floor Action Legal?

Opinions | Friday, October 18, 2019 | By Mike Koplinka-Loehr Print
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mailmanA curious dynamic occurred at the October 16th Town Board meeting: A motion was made and seconded, requesting that a certain topic (relating to a significant donation to the Lansing Republican Committee) not be mentioned during the "privilege of the floor" public speaking section of the meeting. This led to a chilling effect on certain speakers (one woman waived her privilege that she had signed up for, abiding by the request), but then eight people were allowed to speak to that topic, including the chair of the Tompkins County Republican Party.

Fairness of process, especially regarding public participation, is fundamental to our democracy. When the Town leaders extend a privilege to some, but discourage others through an official action, they create an imbalance of perspectives being heard from the public.

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posticon Letters - Domestic Violence

Opinions | Friday, October 18, 2019 | By NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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mailmanDid you know that one in three women and one in four men have been victims of physical violence by their partner? These are astounding numbers and underscore that there is still much more work to do in the fight to eliminate domestic violence. However, action is being taken and you can do something to help.

Here in New York State, there are six counties that do not have a domestic violence shelter, meaning that if you or your loved one is a victim, you may have to leave the area to get shelter. This means leaving behind pets, jobs, friends, family, and in many cases, children. This creates a barrier to seeking help and no one should have to make these choices. At a time when survivors often need the most support, they are separated from those who love and care for them. Currently, neither Seneca nor Ontario Counties have domestic violence shelters.

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