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Who is John Katko?

At the request of the Dewitt Republican Committee, I met with John Katko to discuss his views on a number of issues related to the 24th Congressional race. The committee, and even our non-political neighbors, have been concerned that candidates are too often being defined by the negative ads and sound-bites provided by their opponents. This is an effort to have Katko define who he is and how he will represent the people.

Tax incentives are being misused

It is no secret that New York’s residents and businesses are over taxed. For years, businesses and residents have been leaving New York for tax-friendly states. The fiscal problems the State of New York faces are no different than other states across the country; yet, New York continues to over spend and goes so far as to ask local municipalities to shoulder much of the financial burden from those decisions. Local representatives at the state and federal level are desperately trying to change the business climate in New York by offering tax credits and incentive packages for relocating businesses to New York, creating jobs, and improving the skill level of employees. As an advocate for the free market approach to business, I applaud the intent underpinning these programs (the encouragement of business activity in New York state), but I am apprehensive about the precedent and disparate treatment the tax credits and incentives are creating.

LETTER: Open house showed enthusiasm for STEM programs and equipment

Letter to the editor from the April 2, 2014 Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: What the town needs to consider about town hall move

Letter to the editor from the April 2, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

On the Move: Using walking aids

Physical therapists, who are experts in restoring and improving motion, recommend that elderly adults who use canes and walkers as walking aids be properly assessed and fitted by a physical therapist to avoid fall-related injuries.

Along the Lakeshore: Yacking geese; high power bill

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 2, 2014 Skaneateles Press.

LETTER: Minoa trustees thank residents

To the editor: John Champagne and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the residents of the village of Minoa for re-electing us to the office of trustee.

LETTER: Village services make taxes worth it

To the editor: I would like to respond to the article in the March 26 edition of The Post-Standard [“Cuomo: Curbing property taxes most important part of NY state budget”]. [The article quoted] Cuomo saying, “Do the hard thing,” and our county executive regarding consolidation. I am a lifelong resident of the village of Liverpool, because that is where I choose to live. Does it cost me more in taxes to live here? Yes. What am I paying for?

In spring a young man’s fancy turns to…baseball!

Ready or not, here comes baseball. Syracuse Chiefs groundskeeper John Stewart and his crew worked overtime last week scraping ice out of the dugouts at NBT Bank Stadium, where the local International League entry hopes to open its season at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3. The top farm club of the Washington Nationals, the Chiefs will face New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, who remain in town for games at 5 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 474-7833; syracusechiefs.com.

Next year, where will village put its piles of snow?

After that withering winter, especially that season-ending two-day blizzard March 12 and 13, most of us would like to forget about snow for the next six months or so. But Bill Asmus can’t afford to forget. He’s already worried about winter 2014-15. The superintendent of the village Department of Public Works since 1996, Bill needs to find a place to dump all the snow his crews plow from our streets and sidewalks.

LETTER: Greet Honor Flight veterans

To the editor: I was one of the 62 privileged veterans on the last Honor Flight Syracuse on Oct. 5, 2013. Some veterans wrote to express the amazing experience and to thank all of the volunteers, and I will never forget the emotions, just overwhelming. Honor Flight Syracuse Mission is due to leave Syracuse on April 5, and I would encourage as many people as possible to greet these veterans at Hancock Airport when they return from Washington, D.C.

From the Supervisor: Why move town hall?

COLUMN

The Town Board continues to evaluate the village’s offer to move into the former fire department apparatus bays. One resident recently asked me why I think a move is necessary

Along the Lakeshore: male or female?

COLUMN

Along the Lakeshore column from the March 26, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

EDITORIAL: Turn off your lights

This Saturday for the second year Sustainable Skaneateles and Earth Works will be holding an event at Thayer Park to observe Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an international event during which people are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour to conserve energy and limit light pollution.

LETTER: School board will revisit veterans exemptions

Letter to the editor from the March 26, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.