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EDITORIAL: Opting out sends a strong message -- but will Albany hear it?

You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.

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EDITORIAL: Breanna, one bright Northstar

Everyone knew that Breanna Stewart was special when she roamed the local courts and led Cicero-North Syracuse to four consecutive Section III Class AA girls basketball titles and, as a senior, helped the Northstars sweep the state and Federation championships.

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.

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.

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.

LETTER: Letter carrier makes Halloween special

To the editor: Yes, Halloween is over, but our gratitude and appreciation for our mail carrier will live on. We have a young lady who faithfully delivers mail in our Pitcher Hill community. On her own time, she puts together treat bags for more than 140 children. I must add, no candy. This is Lori Clarks’ fourth year. She really enjoys what she is doing.

LETTER: Venesky thanks voters

To the editor: I would like to thank all of the people in the town of Cicero who supported me in my campaign for town councilor.

Much is in store for lead-up to election

This year is an important one for anyone concerned with local government and looking to make a choice that they feel will benefit the community. On Nov. 5 the residents of Cicero, Clay and Salina will elect new town officers.

Vote ‘yes’ on NSCSD referendum

There is no compelling argument against voting for the upcoming referendum to replace the turf and running track at the Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as make repairs to the field’s drainage system and upgrades to the high school’s security system. The project will cost a total of $2,020,000. The local share of $302,000 would come out of the district’s C-NS Athletic Complex Reserve Fund, which was approved by district voters on Oct. 14, 1998, according to Assistant Superintendent for Management Donald Keegan.

LETTER: What a bundle!

To the editor: "Bundling" may be a good way to save money on your phone, TV and internet bill, but it's yet another subterfuge by the North Syracuse school board, who would have the taxpayers believe that classroom security and refurbishing the athletic field and stadium are somehow related.

LETTER: Tax money not going to kids in North Syracuse

To the editor: On Thursday, Sept. 12, I attended the second JV football game, Cicero-North Syracuse vs. Liverpool. The game was called during the second quarter because of electrical problems. There was almost a sense of relief. LHS had already scored 28 points. The first JV game went the same way. This is not the coaches’ or athletes’ fault.

LETTER: Cicero needs to focus on the future

To the editor: I am writing a response to the Sept. 18 letter from Mr. Dudzinski (“Zambrano’s record not one of development”), wherein he indicates he is responding to my prior letter, yet he seems to have had his own agenda. I made no statements on misuse of appointments by deputy supervisors and I made no comments or implications about prior administrations. Restating my words here would be fruitless. What is important is that we have an important election in early November and we residents of Cicero need to focus on today and the future.

‘Speed Week’ sends reminder about dangerous driving

Speeding on local roads, or highways, can be dangerous and can out you and loved ones needlessly in harm’s way. As a reminder of this fact, state police will be cracking down on speeders this week, remember not to speed now, rather than after you’ve already been ticketed.

LETTER: Letter about Zambrano was misleading

To the editor: First, there was only one line at the end of the column that indicated Zambrano is Deputy Supervisor. That is common in guest columns. While the statements about the position of Deputy Supervisor are accurate, it is important to note that Supervisor Corl has given a lot of responsibility to Zambrano in that role. This indicates that Corl uses the assets available to him to great advantage for the benefit of Cicero. Instead of marginalizing a former political opponent, Corl has utilized her talents and accomplished much more than a supervisor who works alone and does not seek the help of other board members would.

EDITORIAL: Making sense of tragedy

Lori Bresnahan was among the best. A dedicated parent, she loved her daughter, whom she adopted from China. She cared for her aging mother. She was passionate about her career as a school librarian, having worked in the Liverpool schools for several years, bringing such celebrations as Chinese New Year to the school and inspiring a love of reading in her students. Lori died terrified and in pain. She deserved so much better.

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