June 30, 2005

Dryden school repairs, much more

Since it's all going to vanish in a week, it's probably a good idea to report what's been in the Ithaca Journal for the past few days.

The most Dryden-specific story is one on the renovations in progress at the Dryden elementary schools. Around Dryden, we have articles on the Town of Caroline raising funds for the Brooktondale Community Center, as well as McLean's upcoming July 30th "happening in the hamlet" and a Guide to Groton that includes McLean information. There's also an editorial on a Cornell traffic study that could potentially affect traffic patterns through Dryden.

There are listings of July 4th closings and area graduates.

In the Ithaca schools, the board approved a contract with service workers, and the Journal's editorial cheers.

Better Housing of Tompkins County needs ladders for work crews this month, and their director describes how those crews will be improving 60 houses around the county.

The county is facing some challenges with an overloaded communications tower at the county's Public Safety Building, which could bend or fall. There are also articles on a possible transfer tax on real estate (charged to the seller) as well as questions about $1 million now vs. $4 million in 2017 from tobacco settlements.

At the state level, a Journal editorial congratulates state legislators for a much better year than past years.

At the federal level, there's a piece on differences among local Congressman on the Iraq war, including Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, who represents Dryden.

Finally, there's discussion of Intelligent Design. Arthur Barry of Dryden seems to find evolution too optimistic, as:

My faith convinces me that in the beginning everything was good but, because of sin, the world has moved away from good and toward evil and will continue to do so till Judgment Day.

Charles DeMotte (listed as Ithaca, but a Town of Dryden resident) has more hope for science:

The best defense against unsubstantiated religious doctrines masking as science is to maintain intellectual rigor, correct methodology, and open mindedness. That is how science is able to progress.

Wow. It's a lot easier to write these pieces day by day rather than letting stories build up. But for now, back to sporadic posting.

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