April 15, 2005

Righting the legislative ship

Freeville resident David Branagan writes that "I have tried and I have tried and I have tried, but I can't get over the commentary of Assemblywoman (Barbara) Lifton in The Journal of Feb. 28," and concludes that:

It is inconceivable to me how legislators can file into their seats every day, play canasta or do whatever it is they do to pass their time, pick up their paychecks and go home. Is there no shame? Is there no guilt? It would bother my conscience terribly to know I was part of a body charged with budgetary obligations and not carrying out those obligations. Do they have to give a blood oath not to rock the boat before they receive their first paycheck? (Senate Majority Leader Joseph) Bruno and (Assembly Speaker Sheldon) Silver are not gods, they are ordinary men like everyone else, and it is time for the rank and file legislators to get up on their ear and make procedural changes to right this ship.

One rotten apple in a barrel contaminates the whole barrel. So, Ms. Lifton, to keep from being contaminated, do something.

There isn't much Dryden news - the Journal didn't have a reporter at the Town Board meeting last night - but there are two items on the Ithaca Schools, as the board postponed decisions on start and end times and middle school redistricting and restated their support for foreign language classes.

In county news, Tompkins County's population grew 0.7% last year, faster than the statewide average of 0.1%. The census bureau now reports that Tompkins County is home to 100,135 people.

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