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posticon Editorial - Government Shutdown

Opinions | Friday, January 18, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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I was going to write a satirical editorial about how a local Bed & Breakfast was shutting down breakfast and bed sheets because its local town would not approve a boarder wall (to keep the B&B's boarders at bay).  But I can't pull it off.  Because, as any satirist will tell you, you can't satire a satire.

We elect leaders because we expect them to... I know this is a shocking notion... lead.  Part of their responsibility is to keep the government running so that the services that we are all paying way too much taxes for are rendered.  I don't notice a tax shutdown.  So why is there a government shutdown?

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posticon Thoughts - Shutdown, Computer Science Education

Opinions | Friday, January 18, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I usually hesitate to comment on situations/events that may turn out to be 'old news' in the few days between my writing and its publication in the Star. Some things change quickly and others seem like 'old news' the moment they happen. I would, though, opine on the government 'shutdown' affecting 800,000 employees and their families. One point to make is that if the employees and staff of Congress and the White House received an IOU in their pay envelope this week, in addition to the working stiffs lower on the government feeding chain, I would wager a week of my pay at the Lansing Star that the 'shutdown' would end pretty quickly.

The other point to be made is that as I write this (Day 21, imagine TV commentator Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore show announcing in stentorian voice) the ability to solve a problem without 'losing face' is rapidly diminishing. This, I feel, is a very valid term in Asian circles, and a legitimate social construct. The longer those so-called elected representatives in Congress and the White House dig their heels in and 'appeal to their base' the less able they are to compromise, apt to risk the media determining who 'lost' and who 'won', or 'who blinked first'. Those are false and misleading constructs, to say the least, but those people in Washington aren't playing for us, they're playing to the media, and in it for themselves. Such is American party politics and such was the worst nightmare of our founding fathers. Well, at least some of them. Where are the statesmen and women? Hiding, I daresay.

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posticon Letters - Lansing Food Pantry Provides Relief to Local TSA Workers During Shutdown

Opinions | Friday, January 18, 2019 | By Deborah Dawson Print
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mailmanKudos to the Lansing Food Pantry!

As I write this, the Federal government shutdown is moving into its fourth week, with no end in sight. Tompkins County residents who are furloughed or unpaid Federal employees have now missed one paycheck, and may well miss at least one more before all of this is sorted out. Imagine missing a paycheck, and you have a pretty good idea of what these folks are going through.

It's hard for individual residents of Tompkins County to know how to help these financially stressed neighbors of ours. We don't necessarily know who they are, and, even if we did, Federal ethics rules prohibit most of them from accepting gifts from individuals. Fortunately, our local food banks and pantries are ready, willing, and able to help, by making their services available to furloughed and unpaid Federal employees in Tompkins County.

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