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In support of a John Lincklaen statue

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The proposal to erect a statue of Cazenovia founder John Lincklaen in Lakeland Park is an excellent idea, and one that we wholeheartedly support — and we encourage all of our readers to do the same.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

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Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun newspaper, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials and on posters and stamps.

The golden era for Cazenovia athletics

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It’s safe to say that Cazenovia High School athletics is in the midst of a golden era. First, it was back-to-back state championships for field hockey. Then it was two state titles for boys lacrosse in three years, plus the fantastic success and NCAA championships won by Laker alums like Kara, Sean and Connor Cannizzaro. And on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome, the football Lakers, for so long a dominant program in the Section III ranks, finally climbed to the summit of New York State when it defeated Schuylerville 22-19.

EDITORIAL: Let’s all help build a new community playground

Every community needs a great public park and playground, and plans are underway to create one in Cazenovia in the Riverside Drive area behind the Cazenovia Public Library. The village board has been working for months on plans to redevelop the “Creekside” district, which would include a park and playground surrounded by nature trails, and their board meeting next Monday, Aug. 3, will include a public hearing to discuss the issue. What is just as exciting as creating a new park for our community, however, is the opportunity for all of us to contribute to the project.

The “buts” do not have it

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The topic of the three teens’ recent arrests for throwing homemade chemical “bombs” at a teacher’s home continues to be part of the Cazenovia community conversation. What interests us is how many people continue to defend the behavior of these boys who allegedly broke the law and could have seriously injured someone. We continue to hear comments in person and see comments online and in social media — such as the letter to the editor in this week’s issue — that say, “I’m not saying the boys did not do wrong, but…” and “I’m not trying to defend the boys’ behavior, but…” Ever and always, there is that “but” — that grammatical coordinating conjunction that people pretend does not mean they are excusing the boys’ behavior, when really that is exactly what they are trying to do.

What a show!

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Last weekend’s high school drama club production of “Singin’ in the Rain” was an amazing production of great acting, well-executed singing and dancing and impressive live orchestral accompaniment. All the performers in the show, musicians in the pit, stage and production crews and production staff deserve the standing ovation they received Saturday night, and can be rightly proud of an impressive accomplishment.

Who are we in Cazenovia?

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As an interesting exercise in recent weeks, we have been looking into the demographics of the village of Cazenovia and the surrounding greater Cazenovia area. The intention, from a business standpoint, was to see who exactly our readers are and if we are reaching everyone and writing about every interest they have. From an academic standpoint, we found this just plain fascinating to see the numbers.

The sobering reality of politics

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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.

Another year has passed away

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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.

To get our fair share

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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.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

Another zone change kerfuffle

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Ledyard Avenue residents last week voiced extensive concerns and criticisms at a public hearing about the village’s proposed local law to create a new zoning district and to change the zoning of certain land parcels on both sides of Ledyard Avenue from Route 13/Lakeland Park to the western village boundary by the Trush property. As we report in this week’s issue, the village board was shocked at the vehement criticisms and had no idea they were coming. We, likewise, did not expect the public hearing to turn into such a long and heated discussion, and had no idea residents were upset over the Western Gateway proposal.

To fight the good fight

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We had written a 1,500-word editorial for this week’s paper, decrying how some Cazenovians are so terrified of change they do not see that change can, and often does, come in the form of necessary progress; we criticized short-sighted and obstructionist residents and certain members of the village board who, because of this mindset, throw up roadblocks against proposals and projects rather than provide for a more economically and culturally vibrant community; we encouraged entrepreneurs to populate municipalities that will welcome them with open arms to their borders, such as they do in the town of Nelson. Our editorial, our pouring out a plenitude of frustrations, regarded last Monday’s public hearing on the requested zone change for the proposed expansion of Eric Burrell’s office building at 4 Chenango St., the purpose of which was to build a new home for local restaurant Circa. After a week of reflection on this, we have come to the realization that there is a larger issue here.

Buy local week starts May 4

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The first annual “Buy Madison Week” runs May 4 through 11, and we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to encourage our readers to make sure they are cognizant of where they shop next week.

A total disdain for the truth

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The twisting, distorting, ignoring and even disdaining of the truth by Owera Vineyards owners and attorneys has by now, unfortunately, become commonplace in this months-long soap opera occurring in our town. The latest evidence of this occurred at last week’s State Liquor Authority hearing when Nancy Muserlian and attorney John P. Sidd, of the Syracuse firm Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, both told the SLA they had no idea there were any violations issued against Owera by any municipalities. These latest false statements are so outrageously egregious they would be laughable if they did not occur in front of a governmental body.

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