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posticon Editorial - Hearing at Public Meetings

Opinions | Friday, April 26, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne told the town Planning Board Monday that the Town is taking steps to better communicate with the public, including better sound equipment and mandatory training for all board members.  Open communication with the public is a good thing, even when the public isn't that interested in being communicated with, but especially when they are.  All the municipal boards I cover have some issues with communication, but two stand out: volume and a propensity to talk about something that other board members seem to know about, while the public has absolutely no idea what they are talking about.  The latter issue can be easily solved by getting into the habit of addressing a short summary of each topic before it is discussed.  But being heard is a trickier issue.

As I have asked elected officials many times, what is the point of a public meeting if the public can't understand or hear what the meeting is about?

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posticon Thoughts - Socialism in Presidential Politics

Opinions | Friday, April 26, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I've been described as a 'political animal', and I suppose that's true as far as it goes. There have been more than a couple of people (across the political spectrum) who told me while I was doing my radio gig that they decided to enter local politics because of the influence of my show and my questioning of local elected officials. I love the tussle, the 'conflict', the clash of ideas that imbue politics with its unique attraction. And though the word 'politics' gives some (many?) of us/you queasy feelings these days (please remember that the Greek root of the word politic is 'offend no one') I still love to linger, ponder, consider and enter the fray of the small and large issues, minus the name-calling and mindless drivel which today often passes for policy discussion. Give me the genuine exchange of ideas and ideals any day.

So, I thought I might look at a few of the larger issues facing us for the next couple of weeks. Open up our minds and arms to grasp some of the issues which have faced us for a long time involving philosophy of a free country; those issues which in many cases are part and parcel of the origins of our country. I'll be honest, not necessarily both sides, as this is an opinion column (remember, as they say, opinions are like belly buttons, everybody has one...), my 'side' of the coin. This week socialism, perhaps next week the call to abolish the Electoral College, for two instances.

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posticon Letters - Best Communities Award

Opinions | Friday, April 26, 2019 | By Jim Evans Print
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mailmanThat Lansing got Best Communities for Music Education award comes as no surprise. Lansing has its educational priorities straight, and that's a big reason the school district has a good reputation, which attracts home buyers and sweetens tax revenue.

Music and other arts education are like fuel for a school district. Repeated research shows that music education raises achievement in all other subjects. All of them. Easy example: Ever thought of the math involved in music? It can get intense, and a kid learns to think fast, reading music. Kids become better thinkers, better listeners, more respectful, more social, and earners of better grades with music study. And happier. Music training actually made high school physics easier for me.

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