February 14, 2005

Child seat help at State Trooper barracks

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that New York State Police are offering inspection and help with child restraint seats at their barracks on Route 13 in Dryden tomorrow from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. State law will be changing March 27th:

The new child restraint law states children younger than age 4 must ride in a federally approved restraint. Children younger than 4 but weighing more than 40 pounds can be secured in a booster seat with a lap-and-shoulder safety belt. Effective with the new law, children ages 4-6 must be restrained with a safety system appropriate for the child's height and weight.

County Legislator Mike Lane is quoted in an article about Cornell's monitoring of its Lake Source Cooling project. Lane supports a reduction of monitoring sites from nine to seven, but not from nine to the two that Cornell wants. Lane is quoted as saying:

"If they indeed felt that they needed to bring this to the community's attention, then they should have," he said. "And the community needed to react."

The Journal's opinion page is filled with comments on Lake Source Cooling today. One paragraph in their editorial, about the online poll they held, is especially interesting:

For the first three days, the online poll averaged less than nine votes per hour, with about two-thirds of votes advocating the retention of nine sites. During the final day, voting rates jumped to almost 14 votes per hour, with the vote going almost 4:1 in favor of reducing the monitoring to two sites.

It sounds like someone actively recruited voters, a common problem with online polls.

Posted by simon at February 14, 2005 8:08 AM in , ,
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