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posticon Editorial - Ending Life

Opinions | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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This week Lansing was shocked by the news of yet another teenage suicide.  Despite all the support groups, school programs, suicide prevention phone lines, these suicides keep happening, and it is shocking to the rest of us each time such a tragic act is committed.  Suicides may bring relief to those who commit them, but they leave devastation for the people around them.

I think we have all tried to work out our place in the universe.  When we think about how overwhelmed we little specks are in the vastness of the universe, it is hard to understand what ultimate value we must have.  Maybe that's an unwanted side effect of modern science, that we have the means to compare our puny selves to the apparently infinite universe.  But that's a trap.  We don't live in the whole universe. We live here in this small town.  We have meaning here.

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posticon Thoughts - Tech Sports, Tech Power, Robot Delivery

Opinions | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Several items of interest have crossed my path this week, and though it seems difficult to step away from political news of note I'm sure you may find these notes of at least passing amusement in the 'tech" (definition stretched liberally, here) world.

When I wrote several weeks ago of a phenomenon called 'esports' several acquaintances told me they had never even heard of the term. Turns out that a local unscientific poll found that 68.2% of respondents when asked "What's your assessment of the esports craze?" replied 'What's an esport?' I feel proud to have informed Lansing Star readers weeks ahead of the wave about this strange 21st century happening, and since it turned into a print media cover story recently you, dear Star reader, are more well-versed than the average (is there such a thing?) Ithacan. You read it here first, again.

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posticon Letters - Strategic Plan For Lansing's Energy Supply

Opinions | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Mary Balfour Print
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mailmanCasey Steven's recent letter to the Lansing Star and Mike Sigler's published viewpoints on the future of the Cayuga Power Plant (CPP) have prompted me to share another viewpoint: Let's create a strategic plan that increases tax revenue, creates jobs, protects property values, doesn't depend on fossil fuels and preserves our important resource - Cayuga Lake.

Converting the Cayuga Power Plant directly from coal to solar power with battery backup will generate current and future tax revenue without jeopardizing property values. It would also create jobs - safe jobs. The plan would include cleaning up the ash that is already leaching into and polluting the lake.

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