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EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

Another zone change kerfuffle

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Ledyard Avenue residents last week voiced extensive concerns and criticisms at a public hearing about the village’s proposed local law to create a new zoning district and to change the zoning of certain land parcels on both sides of Ledyard Avenue from Route 13/Lakeland Park to the western village boundary by the Trush property. As we report in this week’s issue, the village board was shocked at the vehement criticisms and had no idea they were coming. We, likewise, did not expect the public hearing to turn into such a long and heated discussion, and had no idea residents were upset over the Western Gateway proposal.

Avoid frauds and cons

There have been a number of scams in our area recently targeting the elderly. Below, find some tips from the Cicero Police Department on how to keep yourself safe.

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 7

One of the best parts about living in Central New York is the many outdoor amenities we have right at our fingertips. From the uncomplicated footpaths at Baldwinsville’s Beaver Lake Nature Center to the challenging hikes that Homer’s Spafford Forest offers, Onondaga County alone presents an array of scenic venues for all ages and fitness levels.

To fight the good fight

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We had written a 1,500-word editorial for this week’s paper, decrying how some Cazenovians are so terrified of change they do not see that change can, and often does, come in the form of necessary progress; we criticized short-sighted and obstructionist residents and certain members of the village board who, because of this mindset, throw up roadblocks against proposals and projects rather than provide for a more economically and culturally vibrant community; we encouraged entrepreneurs to populate municipalities that will welcome them with open arms to their borders, such as they do in the town of Nelson. Our editorial, our pouring out a plenitude of frustrations, regarded last Monday’s public hearing on the requested zone change for the proposed expansion of Eric Burrell’s office building at 4 Chenango St., the purpose of which was to build a new home for local restaurant Circa. After a week of reflection on this, we have come to the realization that there is a larger issue here.

Buy local week starts May 4

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The first annual “Buy Madison Week” runs May 4 through 11, and we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to encourage our readers to make sure they are cognizant of where they shop next week.

On the Move: National Bike to Work day is May 16

The grass is out and perhaps you are thinking about getting out enjoying some exercise.

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.

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.

Get rid of the GEA now

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.

EDITORIAL: How’s my meniscus?

On the Move

Injuries to the meniscus of the knee have gotten national attention. The meniscus is a rubbery, c-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions between the bones of your knee. Each of your knees has two menisci (plural of meniscus); one on the inner (medial) part of your knee, and the other on the outer (lateral) part.

EDITORIAL: Money is biggest factor with Skaneateles town hall move

The financial implications of any decision made by a government must be taken into consideration above all else. Programs and services for the community are a big part of what any government does, but the elected officials also must remember to ask themselves: what is the cost?

EDITORIAL: Sitting can be harmful to your health

On the Move

Inactivity researchers are discovering that sitting isn’t just harmful to your health, it’s so detrimental that a little bit of exercise doesn't offset its negative effects.

EDITORIAL: National Wear Red Day for women’s heart health

On the Move

Friday, Feb. 7, is “National Wear Red Day” to raise awareness for women’s heart disease.

EDITORIAL: Women’s health — urinary incontinence

On the Move

Do you experience urinary incontinence? You are not alone. Urinary incontinence is a common problem in our society.

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