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posticon Editorial - Invasion of Creepy Robots

Opinions | Friday, February 16, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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When a story hit about Boston Dynamics' newest robot being able to open doors, a lot of the response on social media was, 'Oh, that's creepy!'  But while it is certainly unusual to see a mechanical device that looks like a yellow greyhound walking around, and politely opening a door for another robot that can't open doors, it seems like a very good idea to me.

Is the creepy part that it looks like a dog that can open doors with a robot arm?  Or is it that people on social media who will share every little detail of their lives publicly don't want some robot letting itself into their rooms to find them... typing, I would have to guess, because that's all they do any more, isn't it?

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posticon Thoughts - We Don't Need A Parade

Opinions | Friday, February 16, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Our country is rife with divisive arguments these days, months, but as an amateur history buff I can truthfully state that there seems never to have been a time when America wasn't arguing about something. The topics of the time might seem specious or superficial now, but there was nothing in the national consciousness which did not breed its fractious notions and outraged voices.

I was fascinated, recently, in reading H.W. Brands' biography of Andrew Jackson to learn that South Carolina had almost seceded in 1832 (Jackson had even mobilized the military) not over slavery (that would come thirty years later) but over tariffs, especially on cotton. A constitutional argument gone awry, almost to arms, over what the Founding Fathers had written, and more especially NOT written. Same familiar names (Calhoun, Clay, Webster) and same angry accusations: division upon division that thirty years later devolved into predicted (even by John Quincy Adams in 1830) bloodshed over slavery, states' rights to secede, and what was called nullification. Arguments which would today seem arcane, if America of the 21st century could even understand.

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posticon ICSD Board of Education Statement on the Spring Musical

Opinions | Friday, February 16, 2018 | By Ithaca City School District, Board of Education Print
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Ithaca, N.Y., February 9, 2018 - The Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District remains firmly committed to the education, health and, well-being of ALL of our students. It is in this light that our administration made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled spring musical, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. While much has been said about the casting of the musical, this was not the reason for cancellation. Our administration's decision was based solely upon the significant stress and divisiveness developing in our school community.

Unfortunately, the divisiveness has increased as this story has gained national media attention. More distressingly, members of our community, including our students, have been the recipients of hate-filled attacks and vitriolic threats. These attacks, an unintended consequence of the cancellation, also require us to act to ensure the safety of our students.

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posticon Letters - Our Greatest Threat is our National Debt

Opinions | Friday, February 16, 2018 | By James E Sullivan Print
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mailmanI received an E-mail from Tom Reed stating that the National Debt our greatest threat. I have a question for Mr. Reed, why did you vote for the biggest give away to the 1% and large corporations? The biggest threat to our country are politicians like Tom Reed that are selling out to lobbyist and threatening the health and well being of the entire nation.

Now comes the justification for destroying Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, education and all other social support systems to support 'welfare' for large corporation, millionaires and billionaires.

James E Sullivan
Lansing, NY
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