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posticon Editorial - Necessity in the Face of the Coronavirus

Opinions | Friday, March 27, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Editorial

We all have our routines, and in this day and age many of them involve the Internet.  Publishing an online newspaper, most of my routines involve the Internet, and I take it for granted, just like I take it for granted that when I flip a light switch a light will go on, or if I push the handle on the toilet it will flush, even if there is a toilet paper shortage because of coronavirus panic.  I use many Internet resources to communicate, look up information, and to actually publish the newspaper.  When the Internet goes down I float in limbo until it comes back.  This week the Internet was not an option in a situation caused by the coronavirus.

One of the great resources we have at the Star is Casey Stevens' 'Thoughts' column on our weekly Opinions page.  This week marks Casey's 117th 'Thoughts' Column.  But it almost didn't happen.  Because Casey doesn't have a computer, and his cell phone is a simple thing without Internet or email.  He uses a computer at his local library for Internet.  No library, no Internet. No Internet, no email.  No email, no column.  How were we to get the column from his brain to the Lansing Star Online?

Well, that brings me to another saying: 'Necessity is the mother of invention'.  Frank Zappa was also a Mother of Invention -- if you don't know who Frank Zappa is, well... Google it!

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posticon Thoughts - COVID-19, Trader Joes, Amo Houghton

Opinions | Friday, March 27, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts In the midst of rhapsodizing the merits of paper, last week, I had a few sharp readers tell me that they wish I had thought some more on the disappearance of toilet paper. Well as Kurt Vonnegut once said, "that's the way it goes".

I normally transmit 'Thoughts' via email to my editor and I imagine that fact alone is enough to send a few of my more technologically adept readers in the spasms of guffaws. Email? Well, when I tell you that if I do it from a local library, you'll realize that I have now painted myself into a virtual corner. No libraries, no email for Casey -- now what?

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posticon Letters - Coronavirus Could Mean $4B Hit to State Budget

Opinions | Friday, March 27, 2020 | By Thomas P. DiNapoli Print
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mailmanThe coronavirus has disrupted our daily lives in ways large and small. New Yorkers continue to follow the latest updates on its impact and the precautions necessary to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities against the virus.  Circumstances and information about the virus change on a daily basis, but it is imperative that we continue to fund the services and programs all New Yorkers rely on. That's why my office has been at work assessing the coronavirus' financial implications for the state budget.

This week, my office presented to the Governor, as he requested, an estimate of how the coronavirus is impacting tax revenues. We estimate that revenues could be $4 billion below the projections of the Executive Budget. We cannot rule out a more severe recession, however, or additional stock market declines, which could lower the outlook for tax revenues significantly more.

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