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posticon Editorial - Elder Abuse in Ithaca

Opinions | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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I have a close relative in a memory care facility.  She lives in a constant state of confusion, and depression caused in large part, I think, to the fact that she knows how confused she is.  She wants her life back, and realizes on some level that that is not to be.  So a safe, caring environment is the best we can give her, and I believe the facility she lives in fits the bill.

I didn't know how much it fits the bill until she was temporarily relocated into a local nursing facility for rehabilitation after a hospital stay following a fall.  I had read a lot about elder abuse and the various perils that elders who have become unable to fend for themselves are subjected to.  But I thought that would never happen to her.  Until it did.

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posticon Thoughts - Training My Brain

Opinions | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts If I was asked by the census-taker about my current state of employment, I would look for the box marked 'semi-retired', if such a box exists. I put my fifty years in, starting as a paperboy at fourteen, and I would guess I missed about three weeks of work over that half century. Not much different than many of my contemporaries, although I daresay some of my employment history was spent in some weird and unique jobs. You should see the looks I get when I tell a questioner what I did in my first enlistment in the Army 1970-73.

Semi-retired because no one I know can live on social security retirement checks alone, even in this haven of affordable housing and reasonably priced 'fast food'. Hah. So, loathe to crack into the retirement funds this early into the second half of my life, I do 'temp' work, some of it interesting, some of it meant for younger bodies, and frequently food for some entertaining thinking.

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posticon Letters - Sheriff Ken Lansing Still Running

Opinions | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By Sheriff Ken Lansing Print
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mailmanAlthough the results for the Democratic Primary last week were not in the Re-Elect Ken Lansing for Sheriff campaign's favor, we are motivated and driven to keep our promises and continue on in this race. Congratulations to my opponent on his success in securing the democratic ticket.

This is just another stepping point in the political process. We have two months until the General Election, when more than just a small portion of voices can be heard and the majority can speak out. Being able to run on the Independence line provides people options and gives people an opportunity to have their voice be heard, as we did in 2010.

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posticon Letters - Elect Maura Kennedy-Smith as Your Lansing Town Justice

Opinions | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By Ronny Hardaway Print
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mailmanIn the November 6th general election, the Town of Lansing voters will have an opportunity to elect Maura Kennedy-Smith as their Town Justice to replace retiring Justice David Banfield. Maura's legal knowledge and experience make her extremely qualified to fill the justice office. Her opponent must learn how to perform as a town justice, but Maura knows the justice's duties and responsibilities now, and she can apply them on day one.

As a wife and mother of two children in Lansing schools, Maura understands the impact of local laws and legal proceedings on the safety and cohesiveness of her community. Her demeanor in local courts is exemplary, and she will continue Judge Banfield's history of fairness, integrity, and honesty as Lansing's town justice.

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