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My grandfather’s ‘good neighbor policy’

GUEST COLUMN

When he turned 18, my father left home on a northern hard scrabble farm and headed south to the big city. He found a job with the railroad and enjoyed getting paid for hard work. He’d worked hard on the farm, too, but there was little money and barely enough to eat some winters. And his father, my grandfather, made things even harder with his “Good neighbor policy.”

When will citizens wake up and send a message to Albany politicians?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Once again the State of New York finds itself in a morally embarrassing situation where our top elected legislative leader is placed under arrest for what many believed has been an ongoing activity for years. This comes not long after our own governor disbands a commission for studying corruption in his administration for fear of what it may uncover.

The sobering reality of politics

EDITORIAL

Last week’s State of the Area event was as excellent and educational as always — but a bit more sobering than in past years. While there continue to be positive happenings in our area — such as popular community events, municipal achievements and success in keeping taxes low — the impacts of Washington and Albany politics on the quality of our lives was disturbing. U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna’s stark assessment of Washington partisanship and gridlock was, while not surprising, still frustrating to hear; while Cazenovia CSD Superintendent Matt Reilly’s warning of our district’s dire financial circumstance and the need for all residents to stand up and demand the refunding of our stolen aid from our state legislators was saddening.

Saddened by the death of Anne Hartt-Barbey

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Anne Hartt-Barbey. Because of her advanced age, many Cazenovians are unaware of the contributions she made toward the preservation and conservation of the landscape they now enjoy.

CCH offers thanks for a successful Chilly Chili

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: More than 600 people registered for the 11th Annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk benefiting Cazenovia Children’s House on Jan. 11 and enjoyed running past the stores and restaurants, by the lovely homes and along our wintry roads.

A call to action for the education of our children

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Preserving opportunities for students is the top priority of our school district. I am not convinced that our elected representatives in Albany share that same priority. They all say education is important to them, but what have they done to make a difference? The Cazenovia School District has lost more than $6.2 million in state funding since the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was implemented in 2009 as a short term “fix” to the state budget crisis. In response to this significant reduction in state aid, the school district has cut staff, programs, increased class size, collaborated with other districts and plugged the hole in our budget with reserve funds for the past five years. We as taxpayers have also shouldered the burden.

Cuomo and GEA endanger student opportunities

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: In the short time I have been part of the Cazenovia school community, I have come to recognize what a special place this is for kids. I have also come to realize the endangered nature of the many opportunities our students enjoy. The threat to student opportunity in Cazenovia exists because of a state aid funding formula that for years has been both inadequate and inequitable.

GUEST COLUMN: Add exercise to your new year

You’re making a pledge to get healthier this New Year. You found your sneakers and dusted off the treadmill you were using as a closet. Your yoga pants are no longer just a fashion choice — they are ready to do actual yoga. Now you’ve got to find the time in your day — 30 minutes minimum for heart health — to get physically active. The American Heart Association says there are plenty of easy, no-cost ways to do it.

Another year has passed away

EDITORIAL

We always find it amazing how quickly each year passes away, and one great mental exercise is to sit and think about the top news stories of the year — for us we mean locally in Cazenovia, but it works just as well with national and international news and events. Can you remember the biggest events of the past year? It is more difficult than one would think.

Don’t let Cazenovia become a tourist trap

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: It deeply disturbs me that all four of the Cazenovia area business grants just awarded will greatly increase tourism. Residents of our village and town will lose a quality of life we cherish. Gone will be our quaint little village. Cazenovia will become a tourist trap with hundreds of visitors crowding our sidewalks and their cars and buses clogging our streets. Is this what we want?

Owera Vineyards: Misled and ill-placed

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Despite our love of agriculture, from day one we were concerned about the “vineyard coming to town.” As owners of a farm in Cazenovia, albeit not a vineyard, our agricultural experience told us immediately that a landholding the size of Owera would never be able to sustain itself as a vineyard. So what was the true intent? We found that out in the summer of 2013. As the largest landholding abutting Owera, we went from the “quiet enjoyment” of our farm to bright lights and loud city. No more sitting outside late at night and watching the stars.

Thanks to Project Café for great toy shop

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I want to extend a tremendous thank you to Project Cafe for the Toy Shop they held this past weekend at Burton Street.

To get our fair share

EDITORIAL

It’s coming up on budget time again, and the outlook for the Cazenovia Central School District is … dismal. It may be fair to say catastrophic. We have all been forewarned by the district that unless something changes, there will be severe budget cuts to school programs and staff, and, although it has not been stated, it is logical to surmise there will be high tax increases. This is not the fault of our district administrators or our school board members. This is the fault of our state government.

High school student says: Religious/activity period is important

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Recently, many locals have been concerned about the school’s use of time dedicated to religion and Activity Period. The controversy is whether or not the religious education of the students should be taken out of the school day. Many students choose to stay in activity period instead of participating in religion. This may be because the house of worship of their religion is not available in Cazenovia or because they feel their time is better used to finish other schoolwork. I feel that getting rid of religion and activity period is a poor idea.

From the school board president: District faces deep budget cuts due to continued loss of state aid

This time it’s for real. I’m referring to the issue of school funding here in Cazenovia, and specifically the cumulative impact of six years of diminished state aid in the wake of the Great Recession. Although state finances have long since recovered and are now well into the black, the ongoing and relentless drive in Albany to cut support to local school districts is about to be felt here in our community in ways that will be all too real.

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