ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
January #1 2003

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, FUN STUFF!

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 6,933 Ithaca area residents]

SEVENTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Ithaca Fine Chocolates (4-pack),a href="http://www.gimmecoffee.com">Gimme! Coffee (1# coffee), Oasis Grocery ($5), ($6), Sparrow's Wines ($10), Ten Thousand Villages ($10), ABC Cafe ($10), Cafe Strand ($5), Acorn Designs ($7.50), Toko Imports ($5), Dinosaur Drygoods ($10), The Bath Bar ($10) White Lotus Home ($10), Surya Incense (pkg), The Yoga Corner (free class). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW. Winners reply sending their mailing address.

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COLDER ITHACAS: Be glad for Ithaca, NY weather!
--- The Ithaca Chasm is a 60-mile wide 1,550-mile long 2.5-mile deep canyon on Tethys, an icy satellite of Saturn, more than 300 degrees below zero.
---The wreck of the MV Ithaca is ashore at Churchill, Manitoba, on Hudson's Bay, surrounded by polar bears:
---Ithaca, Wisconsin averages 3 degrees colder than Ithaca this time of year.
---Ithaca, Michigan averages 2 degrees colder than Ithaca this time of year.
---Ithaca, Nebraska averages 2 degrees colder than Ithaca this time of year.

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TOP TEN ITHACA GOOD NEWS STORIES OF 2002

1. Progressive Festival brings 75 community groups to Commons. Grassroots Festival, Musefest big fun too.
2. Danby & Ithaca lead nation with resolutions against attack on Iraq. Ongoing demonstrations for peace in Middle East, against racism by hundreds of local residents.
3. Ithaca Paraprofessionals win 21% wage increase, w/help from Living Wage Coalition. Cortland Mayor Mary Leonard wins Friend of Labor Award at Labor Coalition's Labor Day Picnic.
4. GreenStar members select four of five council candidates running on platform of stronger product line education, decreased dependence on multinational corporate brands.
5. Green Party Sheriff candidate Pete Meyers wins unexpected 25% of vote countywide; Barbara Lifton wins NYS Assembly seat on Dem-Working Families lines.
6. Independent voices raised: Ithaca Indymedia & Ithaca Radio Project 88.1FM begin Ithaca Community News passes 6,000 recipients. Amy Goodman & Michael Moore & Julia Butterfly Hill & Patch Adams & Angela Davis speak here.
7. Name-Your-Own-Price Sale by Student Re-Use Project redistributes tons of like-new clothes & housewares from departing Cornell students to lower-income townfolk.
8. re-opened State Theatre's first sold-out concert: SOLAS fundraiser 3/17 to close School of Americas.
9. "A History of Mayor Alan J. Cohen's Administration of Ithaca" published by author Joe Wetmore, provides essential civics lesson rare for small city.
10. Ithaca Farmer's Market overflows; Commons nearly full. Turback's Restaurant re-opens.

"HINDERLI" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Fine Chocolates. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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YACHT "ITHACA" TRAVELS WORLD: Built by young Argentinian woman "The spirit of this project is to show that ordinary people, who are willing to make an effort, can do extraordinary things. Perhaps things that we did not animate ourselves to dream. And mainly to share with you my experiences about the construction of my steel sailboat in an amateur way, the preparations & the trip." ithaca_yacht@hotmail.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS NOW FULLY SEARCHABLE! All back issues can be searched by keyword, name, phrase, year. THANKS to Bill Carini.

"ACM" wins gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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CARCINOGENIC ACIDS IN CITY'S WATER (dichloroacetic acid & trichloroacetic acid present 30% above legal limits): "An effective kitchen sink activated carbon filter, costing $200-$300, can remove organochlorines from drinking & cooking water, but other exposures remain. For this reason, it makes a lot of sense not to create organochlorines at the water treatment plant to begin with."
www.greensense.com/Features/Action/cancer_on_tap.htm
thefilterforum.com/february/wqa10.shtml
sundaygazettemail.com/news/Valley+&+State/2002072011

"HOW WELL IS YOUR WATER?" two-part educational program on drinking water wells 1/14 & 1/28, 7:00-9:00pm at Enfield Community Center. Participants receive a 75% discount on bacteria & nitrate tests. Co-sponsored by Cayuga Lake Watershed Network & Town of Enfield Water Committee. Advance registration required. manager@cayugalake.org 532-4104.

FALL CREEK TOXIC CLEANUP details from Toxics Targeting: including photos of lead shot & shotgun casings.

TWO NEW LOCAL HEALING ARTS LISTSERVES (created by Mark Sammo):
---Ithaca-Healing-Arts-Network "a place to ask questions, offer information, share resources & learn about the wealth of Complementary & Alternative Health choices in the Ithaca area." Group home page Group email address
---Ithaca-Practitioner-Network (for practitioners only) Group home page Group email address

HEALTH PLANNING COUNCIL of Tompkins County 2003 Meetings:
* Advisory Board, 3rd Wednesday, 12:00-1:30pm, Rice Conference Room, Biggs Building (1/15)
* Acute/Primary Care Committee, 2nd Wednesday, 12:00-1:00pm, Womens Community Building (1/8) "In mid-March, the national United Way campaigns for "100% access, zero health disparities." We'll be working with local United Way & Chamber of Commerce to draw attention to this issue."
* Long Term Care Committee, 1st Friday, 12:00-1:00pm, Rice Conference Room, Biggs Building (2/7)

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ITHACA FEATURED ON NPR'S "MORNING EDITION" early January, on show about chain stores.

ALTERNATIVES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION EXPANDS HOURS OF OPERATION Weekdays until 6pm. New Saturday hours 10am-1pm.

HOUR TOWN 2003 LOCAL CURRENCY DIRECTORY will likely be available in about two weeks.

Tompkins County's November Index of Economic Activity: The Cost of Christmas in Tompkins County is there too. Elia Kacapyr

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SEE-SPOT GALLERY: (Ithaca HOURS accepted). 1/10 Mikey C. & Friends at 8pm; 1/11 Punk Show w/Endive at Women's Community Building 8pm; 1/14 Flamenco Gypsy Dance Party 8pm; 1/24 Sub-Park Breakers 7pm Benefit at Gallery; 1/24 Benefit at Castaways 10pm w/Little Egypt & Mauries Perry; 1/25 Hip-Hop Show at Southside Ctr w/street poetry 7pm; 1/30 Acoustic Show "All That's Left."

ALL-AGES SHOW at The Common Ground, 1/4 from 3-7pm, "smoke free dance featuring Patti Witten & Prairie Doll, Urban Horse Thieves, Route 5. An afternoon of local, homegrown twang!" HOURS accepted.

BOUND FOR GLORY FREE SUNDAY CONCERTS 8:30pm Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell & online at http://wvbr.com. 1/19 Jeff Warner. "Jeff is the son of Frank & Anne Warner, two of America's most important folk song collectors. He's got a grand repertoire, and he's a lot of fun."

1/10 - WINGNUT 9:30pm ABC Cafe; 1/12 - Wingnut 9pm Maxie's Supper Club wingnutjazz@hotmail.com

MUSEFEST NEWS
---"The big news is that Newhart's Lodge - home of the Musefest - is for sale. If you want more details about purchasing Newhart's Lodge, call Stan Gardner at 272-8379. We now also need to keep our options open for alternative places to hold the Musefest. If you know about any appropriate possible properties in the Ithaca area where we might be able to have the Musefest.
---"Muse Magazine seeks photos, articles, reviews, art for 2003 issue: theme 'Self Control & Vigilance.' 10% discount on ad prices if artwork & payment delivered before 4/1. musefest@yahoo.com

GREG BROWN CONCERT two-time Grammy nominated contemporary folk artist, Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School 1/17 "one of the best singer-songwriters in America" 8:00pm. Tickets $20.00 advance; $23.00 at door if available. 1/2 Ithaca HOUR accepted. Tickets: Clinton House, GreenStar, Autumn Leaves, 273-4497 or 1-800-28-ITHACA Outtasightprod@aol.com

"BL16" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Bakery. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

NATIONAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON 1/18 to demand: NO WAR AGAINST IRAQ!: ELIMINATE U.S. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION! Rally 11am West side of Capitol Bldg. March on DC Navy Yard. Charter Buses leaving Ithaca 12:30am Saturday 1/18 to arrive in DC 8am. Buses leave DC 6pm to arrive back in Ithaca 1am Sunday 1/19. Three buses reserved.
---Where: Green St. Bus Shelter, Tompkins County Public Library
---Tickets: $40 Round Trip, at Autumn Leaves Bookstore 115 The Commons
---Scholarships: Up to full scholarships available: jimsemp@yahoo.com or Kathy/Bill Halton 273-0533 "Congress has rubber-stamped Bush's criminal war that seeks to conquer the oil, land & resources of the Middle East. Bush & Congress have shown that they represent the interests of Corporate America rather than the people of the United States. A people's movement is growing to stop them. Tens of thousands of people will participate in mass protest activities on the Martin Luther King Jr. anniversary weekend."

TWELFTH NIGHT FOR WORLD PEACE 1/5 4-9pm at Stone Garden Sanctuary, 43 Mill St, Freeville. 5:30pm prayer circle. 6:30pm potluck. Singing, poetry. Dress warm. 844-9475

BLIX TO U.S. & U.K: WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS? "Chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix said 12/20 he's tired of the two powers telling him that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, but then failing to provide UN inspectors w/information needed to check those assertions."

IRAQ MAKES CIA OFFER: US agents invited to search for weapons "Baghdad invited its arch-enemy, the CIA, to enter Iraq & track down the country's elusive weapons of mass destruction. The Iraqis offer unhindered access to US intelligence agents."

MALL PEACE WALK FOLLOWED BY DIE-IN AT LANSING RECRUITER'S OFFICE Xmas eve: Almost 300 people from the Ithaca area participated in a silent peace walk through Pyramid Mall 12/21 to show opposition to proposed attack on Iraq. After walking for an hour, fourteen of the group poured red paint on themselves at the nearby Army Recruitment Center & staged a die-in to portray the death & destruction that war will cause. Their court date is 1/9 at 7pm, Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Rd (Rte. 34B). Peace walks through malls that day in 30 U.S. cities.

ITHACANS ARRESTED AT D.C. DIE-IN
---"Lisa Guido, Peter DeMott & Grace Ritter of Ithaca & 13 others were arrested 12/28 at White House during a nonviolent, peaceful die-in to protest the ongoing war against Iraq & the invasion of Iraq. Some poured their own blood on themselves during the protest.
---"DeMott & Ritter were charged w/ participating in a stationary demonstration in a restricted area & released w/ an order to appear in DC court 4/16. All three were part of the group who were arrested at the Ithaca Army Recruitment Center 12/21 for participating in a similar die-in there.
---"Peter DeMott's statement: 'As a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Viet Nam, I know firsthand that war is organized mass murder. Violence begets more violence. We need to solve international disputes peacefully & through negotiation.'" ljholzbaur@yahoo.com 227-4189.

DIRECT ACTION & RESEARCH TRAINING CENTER seeks organizer trainees. Those selected are paid. (785) 841-2680

800 American professors sign document warning of coming Israeli ethnic cleansing

FREE MOVIE "LUNA: The Stafford Giant Tree Sit" 1/8 at 7 pm, Old Jailhouse 125 E Court St. "Julia Butterfly Hill's heroic effort to protect a two thousand year old redwood tree. She lived in the tree for over two years." Refreshments served. Erin Riddle 256-9993

"MAB5" wins gift certificate to Gimme! Coffee. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

January 1, 1912: Chief of Police reports 24% DECREASE IN CRIME "due largely to the motion picture shows."
January 2, 1889: Fall Creek woman opens husband's letter & learns he has a wife & two children in Gemany. She declines to prosecute for bigamy provided he returns to the old country.
January 3, 1932: FOXDOG killed in Caroline. True crossbreed, grey & red.
January 4, 1919: Tompkins County garmers DUMP THEIR MILK rather than send it to New York City markets because dealers refuse to pay prices set by the Dairymen's League. Two weeks later dealers yield.
January 5, 1914: Cornell Glee Club records "Alma Mater" & "Cornell" on WAX DISCS, w/engineers from Columbia Phonograph Company.
January 6, 1883: BATTLE OF LINN STREET erupts when Constable Whitlock, IPD, County Sheriff & many spectators enter the Humiston home to reposess property. Furious fight ensues, everybody knocked down, truce declared, property taken, no charges pressed.
January 7, 1943: PLEASURE DRIVING BANNED during gasoline rationing, essential road trips only. Streets empty, few violators found.

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YOUR LETTERS

"It seems to me there's a need to come to some kind of agreement about a platform on which progressives could/should run for Common Council & Mayor. What exactly can and should a progressive actually DO if elected to Council? I'm not so much interested in what that progressive SAYS - I think we need to explain to voters what the progressive will DO.
---"There are clearly limits here. Council cannot move from regressive taxation to progressive taxation, for example, because they are legally constrained from doing so. They can lobby Albany to increase support for local governments & schools, but since the state is facing a $2.5B budget shortfall, they would have to pass a substantial increase in the state income tax to rectify the situation. While lobbying the state should certainly be a platform plank, it's not an example of what the government can DO.
---"How can progressives deal with the ever-rising regressive property tax? How can we counter the sprawl that will already be a fact by January 2004? How can we continue providing needed city services without layoffs or large tax increases while paying living wages & insisting on using union labor?
---"I'd be very interested in hearing what the progressive Dem caucus plans as well. Do they reflect the national party by proposing a kinder, gentler version of the Cohen policies, or do they pose a clear choice? What do Greens offer?" --Charles Dunaway
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"I would like to subscribe to your email newsletter. I live in Everett, WA, but my "home" town is Ithaca!" --Betsy Appleton
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"People at this time of year try to answer the question for themselves about whether to get a flu shot or not. Weighing the risks/benefits is an individual choice but one fact that individuals should be informed about in making the decision is the exposure to mercury used as a preservative in vaccines. There has been recent national attention on thimerosol, a mercury containing preservative, that has been used in vaccines in the past but has now been removed from vaccines given to children. The flu vaccine does contain thimerosol....more information on this can be obtained at www.909shot.com Maybe its time to put pressure on the vaccine companies to take the mercury out of adult vaccines as well!" --Marilee Murphy
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"Thanks for the invaluable publicity, guys. Question for Joe... are those extra (or even the first) printings being done at liveable wage, union printers, or even on a downtown copier machine??? I mean, if you want to keep merchants out of downtown events who don't have a presence in the Partnership area, & boast the need for a liveable wage, then I assume you can vouch for your beliefs in the usage of the 'correct' printer, right??? And the profits can be vouched for as an expense of your business, right??? Just checking on possible conflicts, you see." --Casey Stevens, WHCU
---[REPLY] You have provided this editor with much free publicity, I'm told, so this is merely fair. According to Wetmore, his book critiquing Mayor Cohen is printed three doors away, at Mail Boxes Etc. There are no union copy shops in our area. The book ($2.00) is sold near cost.
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"Thanks for all of the energy you put into informing all of us!" --Jennifer
---[REPLY] Thanks for your encouragement. Tax-deductible donations are welcome: ICN, Box 365, Ithaca 14851. Checks to Center for Environmental Sustainability (memo: ICN).
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"A friend recently sent me your article on GreenStar Globalisation, which I read with much interest, having been a GreenStar/co-op shopper for many years. I wish to respond to one aspect of the article, regarding Multinational Ownership of [organic] products
---"Now, I agree that Kellogg's, Kraft, Nabisco, & General Mills are bad (that's no news), Odwalla is owned by Coke, & I commend anyone who seeks to inform the public of these issues. Information is power, shopping is voting, no argument here. This is the basis for many successful boycotting campaigns, & the key to effective activism. BUT I think one must keep in mind that there are different levels of Multinational Ownership, to some of which a consumer boycott is simply irrelevant.
---"Here's a quote from your article detailing a chain of repercussions: 'Hearty & Natural veggie burgers is owned by Sunrich Food Group, which is owned by Stake Technologies, which is owned principally by Gruber & McBain Capital Management, whose principal investors are Boeing, Lockheed Martin & by Polymedica, whose principal investor is Safeco, whose principal investors are ExxonMobil, General Electric, & Citigroup.' Now, do you really think boycotting veggie burgers will make a difference, all the way down the line, to Exxon or GE or Citi? I think not!
---"Another example from your article: 'Celestial seasonings, Rice Dream, Bearitos, Westbrae etc. owned by Hain Foods, whose publicly-traded stock is owned by 'mutual funds & holding companies like Wellington (whose) principal stockholders are Philip Morris, etc.' This means that Hain Food Group, because Wellington Group owns - according to NASDAQ - less than 1/3rd ($35 mil. worth) of its shares out of a portfolio of $143 mil, of which some is owned by evil corporations listed... should be boycotted?
---"My point is: consumers & boycotts are not what this is about. Philip Morris, GE & co. are giant multinationals, & they do what giant multinationals do: trade stock, millions of $ at a time. They may be evil, but even in the unlikely event that Sunrich or Hain Food Group were to go out of business because of some massive boycott, what difference would it make to them? None whatsoever.
---"Trading stocks on Wall Street is not something we can 'shop' out of existence. More importantly, feeling guilty or depressed about your favorite brand of chips, ricemilk, veggyburger or whatever helps no one, when depriving yourself of it won't hurt the multinationals.
---"Thank you for an otherwise excellent article." --Sylvestre Marlaud
---[REPLY] Bearitos & other brands are little tails on multinational monstrosities, yet sales profit & further empower the world's most dangerous corporations. Expanding the control of organic harvest, processing, marketing & distribution by such companies as Monsanto endangers the definition & integrity of organics, while marginalizing small local growers.
---We can't get rid of stock markets & private investment. The only way to take control of capital is to invest it wisely & spend it wisely. I've detailed how we can pool wealth to meet local needs: Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange (WISE)
---There are hundreds of independent organic brands which GreenStar could stock alongside multinational brands, to give shoppers even greater choice. The appeal is to better abundance, not guilt.
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"Happy Holidays & may all your wishes for sustainability make great headway. You are my favorite author of all time. You are the most courageous & clear headed writer that I've ever known & I'm glad that you are here on this earth." --F.S.
---[REPLY] Thanks-- your letter provides pleasant counterpoint to certain others I've received.
---- "DA45" wins gift certificate to Oasis Natural Grocery. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
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"The choice of who will provide your electricity has turned out to be less of a choice than it initially appeared. Only two companies are taking new residential customers at this time. Furthermore, if the air emissions produced by the electricity you buy are important to you, the choice is even further reduced. All the energy supply companies except one buy their power from the same source & so it consists of the same mix of mostly non-renewable energy sources (less than 1% is from solar or wind).
---"There is one new choice with a difference. Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative is a New York State incorporated cooperative that is now accepting new residential customers. Co-opPlus members will still receive their electricity through a third-party for now. By pooling our members, Co-opPlus will be able to negotiate a slightly better rate than an individual could alone. This may not make a big difference in your energy costs initially. Our goal is to lay the groundwork for the future when we will be large enough to buy energy ourselves directly from renewable sources, provide members with energy efficiency services & products, or be able to participate in the energy market in other meaningful ways.
---"If you sign up with Co-opPlus, you will not notice anything different in your bill. There is no risk, no additional fees, & no commitment to staying with Co-opPlus. What you are doing by signing up is helping to build the critical mass necessary to have real purchasing power in the energy market.
---"Contrary to what many people think, the door to switching energy providers does not close on January 1, 2003. You can switch at any time. ---"If you want to sign up with Co-opPlus, fill out the member application form send to Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative, Box 6637, Ithaca, NY 14851, or to coopplusenergy@yahoo.com. You will receive an information packet from NYSEG Solutions, our third-party energy provider. In it will be a letter from Co-OpPlus. It is not until you send in the form in the NYSEG Solutions mailing that you are committing to change energy providers.
---TC Action hosts a page TCaction.org comparing rates between ESCO's, emissions comparisons for ESCO electricity contracts, & a natural gas comparison chart. Click on Energy Services.
---For more information: 277-1566 or 272-7582 coopplusenergy@yahoo.com --Dan Klein
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"After almost four years of dealing with the City of Ithaca, it looks like our house at 213 W. Spencer Street will be demolished. Of course we still do not have anything in writing (like what the city will pay for our property or when we have to be out) but we were recently told that our house is "a dime a dozen" & we will find another. Plus the construction schedule we were provided with begins in April.
---"Our house is not a dime a dozen and is worthy of being saved. It is a beautiful old home w/ wonderful woodwork & it is in excellent condition. However, it seems the city thinks in the short term (maybe three months at the longest stretch) & it is more convenient to tear the house down. But in the process of kicking people out of their homes for a bigger road, it also takes homes off the tax rolls & leaves a hole in the neighborhood.
---"If anything, I hope city officials can learn to be sympathetic when serving the 30+ people with eviction notices this spring. Regardless of what they think of our homes, they are (or where) our homes.
---I think our next home will be a car.... it will be safer that way."
--Lauri Dahl
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"Your readers are encouraged to submit names for naming our city bridges for someone who they might think has contributed to the city's past. They can do that by contacting the Superintendant of Public Works in City Hall."
--Gossa Tsegaye, Commissioner of Board of Public Works.
---[REPLY] The new Plain St bridge, built over the objections of the neighborhood, should be named for Alan Cohen, who shoved it down their throats. Daily rush hour traffic on Rte 13 should be named the Thys VanCort Traffic Jam, for the Director of Planning (1974-present), who has planned only for expanded traffic. Wider roadways & bridge capacity merely bring more cars. We need alternatives.
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"I have to say [Gwendolyn Dean's] letter [attacking Prof. Venables] is very disturbing. For someone to be unaware of Venables' contributions & feel this is grounds to question the way he is characterized is preposterous. For those who don't know how Venables has contributed to the American Indian cause, look at almost any Indian land reclamation case & you will find him mentioned as the man who researched pertaining treaties & presented this information in court.
---"Robert Venables has fought, without looking for personal gain, to rectify the ills of those who couldn't or were limited in their ability to fight for themselves. This alone justifies his characterization as progressive & radical, without talking about the thousands of Cornell students he enlightened by teaching the American Indian Studies class. I learned from Venables as much about the human condition & the wielding of power in politics as I did about the history of the American Indian. Lastly, regarding the statement referring to contracts, being forced out three years earlier than your contract states is 'giving the boot' to someone. At least, it is on this planet." --Glen Jesse Golden
-------- "MOVIES" wins gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"LDC2" wins gift certificate to Ten Thousand Villages. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"TKH2" wins gift certificate to Sparrow's Wines. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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"BLUEBIRDS UP CLOSE" video shown by Liberty Hyde Bailey Garden Club 1/21. Club meets 3rd Tuesdays 7:30pm at Cornell Greenhouse Auditorium, Tower Rd. All welcome. 272-9476

"GROWING NATIVE PLANTS" 1/15 7-8:30pm, Krissy Faust, Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave. Finger Lakes Native Plant Society.

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CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT WRITING CHILDRENS' BOOKS: Roundtable discussion w/local children's authors on 1/15 from 7:00-8:00pm, public library. "Find out what itě¨s like to be an author, where authors get their ideas, & how you can get started" (ages 10+).

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF TOMPKINS COUNTY (LVTC) "seeks volunteer tutors. Students may be American-born or immigrants or refugees, or incarcerated youth at area facilities." Volunteers meet w/ students 2 hours/wk, based on their schedules, & attend 15 hours training. Training sessions late January. 277-6442 literacy@TLPartners.org

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DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE 1/4 at Foundation of Light,Turkey Hill Rd. Meditation 7:15pm, Dances 7:30pm. "Simple Circle Dances & Songs that honor many Spiritual traditions." No experience necessary. Come Join the Circle! First Saturdays. Diane 272-7582

"DREAMING THE FUTURE",1/8; "Dreaming w/the Departed, 1/22; 7-9pm at the Massage School. Debra Statton 277-1368 for info.

REIKI I, $100-. Reiki II, $200-. Reiki III, $300-. Reiki IV, $400-. Barter okay (need bodywork & more training in alternative therapies). Foundation of Light: 391 Turkey Hill Rd. Reiki I: 1-6pm on 1/10. Reiki II: 1-6pm on 1/14. Reiki III: 1-6pm on 1/28. Hanan Zaman 844-8636.

EMBODIED VOICE & SPEECH 1/14, 7-8:30pm w/ Leeny Sack. "Soften the boundary between inner experience & outer expression for both professional performance & everyday life. FREE. Finger Lakes School of Massage. 272-9024 to register

"TRAONACH" wins gift certificate to Toko Imports. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"RENE" wins gift certificate to Acorn Designs. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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TRIFALCONDOVE STUDIO DANCE LESSONS TriFalconDove@aol.com 4 Dance Lessons for $10.00 introductory offer: Latin Swing Comprehensive ( Swing-Jitterbug, Lindy, West Coast Swing ) Ballroom ( Waltz, Foxtrot, The Tangos ( American, Argentine, International ), and Rumba ) Hip Hop-Disco, Modern-Lyrical, Children's Dance Hour

"DV23" wins gift certificate to Surya Incense. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"RUNEHILL" wins gift certificate to The Yoga Corner. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"ITHACA@LIGHTLINK" wins gift certificate to The Bath Bar. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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CELL PHONE DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Even cell phones without service can be used to call 911, & some of the cellular phone companies will also program them to call the Advocacy Center Hotline 277-5000.
---Drop off points for donated cell phones atTompkins County Village Police Departments in Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Groton, Trumansburg, &United Way of Tompkins County, 313 N. Aurora
---Please package cell phone, w/service turned off & address book cleared. 274-7504, ext 104 srobinson@tompkins-co.org

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JEWISH COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL forming in fall 2003. "A group of families w/ children age 2+ are developing plans for a teacher-led, parent-run half-day program, to meet 3-5 mornings/week. Those interested: Lisa

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WISHING YOU CLEAR SKIES THIS NEW YEAR:

"SANDRAFIEDOREK" wins gift certificate to Cafe Strand. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"JRB26" wins gift certificate to White Lotus Home. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"JAA7" wins gift certificate to Dinosaur Dry Goods. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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THANKS to Homer & Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable internet service.

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS HOME PAGE

ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
January #1 2003

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, FUN STUFF!

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 6,933 Ithaca area residents]

SEVENTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Ithaca Fine Chocolates (4-pack),a href="http://www.gimmecoffee.com">Gimme! Coffee (1# coffee), Oasis Grocery ($5), ($6), Sparrow's Wines ($10), Ten Thousand Villages ($10), ABC Cafe ($10), Cafe Strand ($5), Acorn Designs ($7.50), Toko Imports ($5), Dinosaur Drygoods ($10), The Bath Bar ($10) White Lotus Home ($10), Surya Incense (pkg), The Yoga Corner (free class). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW. Winners reply sending their mailing address.

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COLDER ITHACAS: Be glad for Ithaca, NY weather!
--- The Ithaca Chasm is a 60-mile wide 1,550-mile long 2.5-mile deep canyon on Tethys, an icy satellite of Saturn, more than 300 degrees below zero.
---The wreck of the MV Ithaca is ashore at Churchill, Manitoba, on Hudson's Bay, surrounded by polar bears:
---Ithaca, Wisconsin averages 3 degrees colder than Ithaca this time of year.
---Ithaca, Michigan averages 2 degrees colder than Ithaca this time of year.
---Ithaca, Nebraska averages 2 degrees colder than Ithaca this time of year.

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TOP TEN ITHACA GOOD NEWS STORIES OF 2002

1. Progressive Festival brings 75 community groups to Commons. Grassroots Festival, Musefest big fun too.
2. Danby & Ithaca lead nation with resolutions against attack on Iraq. Ongoing demonstrations for peace in Middle East, against racism by hundreds of local residents.
3. Ithaca Paraprofessionals win 21% wage increase, w/help from Living Wage Coalition. Cortland Mayor Mary Leonard wins Friend of Labor Award at Labor Coalition's Labor Day Picnic.
4. GreenStar members select four of five council candidates running on platform of stronger product line education, decreased dependence on multinational corporate brands.
5. Green Party Sheriff candidate Pete Meyers wins unexpected 25% of vote countywide; Barbara Lifton wins NYS Assembly seat on Dem-Working Families lines.
6. Independent voices raised: Ithaca Indymedia & Ithaca Radio Project 88.1FM begin Ithaca Community News passes 6,000 recipients. Amy Goodman & Michael Moore & Julia Butterfly Hill & Patch Adams & Angela Davis speak here.
7. Name-Your-Own-Price Sale by Student Re-Use Project redistributes tons of like-new clothes & housewares from departing Cornell students to lower-income townfolk.
8. re-opened State Theatre's first sold-out concert: SOLAS fundraiser 3/17 to close School of Americas.
9. "A History of Mayor Alan J. Cohen's Administration of Ithaca" published by author Joe Wetmore, provides essential civics lesson rare for small city.
10. Ithaca Farmer's Market overflows; Commons nearly full. Turback's Restaurant re-opens.

"HINDERLI" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Fine Chocolates. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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YACHT "ITHACA" TRAVELS WORLD: Built by young Argentinian woman "The spirit of this project is to show that ordinary people, who are willing to make an effort, can do extraordinary things. Perhaps things that we did not animate ourselves to dream. And mainly to share with you my experiences about the construction of my steel sailboat in an amateur way, the preparations & the trip." ithaca_yacht@hotmail.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS NOW FULLY SEARCHABLE! All back issues can be searched by keyword, name, phrase, year. THANKS to Bill Carini.

"ACM" wins gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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CARCINOGENIC ACIDS IN CITY'S WATER (dichloroacetic acid & trichloroacetic acid present 30% above legal limits): "An effective kitchen sink activated carbon filter, costing $200-$300, can remove organochlorines from drinking & cooking water, but other exposures remain. For this reason, it makes a lot of sense not to create organochlorines at the water treatment plant to begin with."
www.greensense.com/Features/Action/cancer_on_tap.htm
thefilterforum.com/february/wqa10.shtml
sundaygazettemail.com/news/Valley+&+State/2002072011

"HOW WELL IS YOUR WATER?" two-part educational program on drinking water wells 1/14 & 1/28, 7:00-9:00pm at Enfield Community Center. Participants receive a 75% discount on bacteria & nitrate tests. Co-sponsored by Cayuga Lake Watershed Network & Town of Enfield Water Committee. Advance registration required. manager@cayugalake.org 532-4104.

FALL CREEK TOXIC CLEANUP details from Toxics Targeting: including photos of lead shot & shotgun casings.

TWO NEW LOCAL HEALING ARTS LISTSERVES (created by Mark Sammo):
---Ithaca-Healing-Arts-Network "a place to ask questions, offer information, share resources & learn about the wealth of Complementary & Alternative Health choices in the Ithaca area." Group home page Group email address
---Ithaca-Practitioner-Network (for practitioners only) Group home page Group email address

HEALTH PLANNING COUNCIL of Tompkins County 2003 Meetings:
* Advisory Board, 3rd Wednesday, 12:00-1:30pm, Rice Conference Room, Biggs Building (1/15)
* Acute/Primary Care Committee, 2nd Wednesday, 12:00-1:00pm, Womens Community Building (1/8) "In mid-March, the national United Way campaigns for "100% access, zero health disparities." We'll be working with local United Way & Chamber of Commerce to draw attention to this issue."
* Long Term Care Committee, 1st Friday, 12:00-1:00pm, Rice Conference Room, Biggs Building (2/7)

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ITHACA FEATURED ON NPR'S "MORNING EDITION" early January, on show about chain stores.

ALTERNATIVES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION EXPANDS HOURS OF OPERATION Weekdays until 6pm. New Saturday hours 10am-1pm.

HOUR TOWN 2003 LOCAL CURRENCY DIRECTORY will likely be available in about two weeks.

Tompkins County's November Index of Economic Activity: The Cost of Christmas in Tompkins County is there too. Elia Kacapyr

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SEE-SPOT GALLERY: (Ithaca HOURS accepted). 1/10 Mikey C. & Friends at 8pm; 1/11 Punk Show w/Endive at Women's Community Building 8pm; 1/14 Flamenco Gypsy Dance Party 8pm; 1/24 Sub-Park Breakers 7pm Benefit at Gallery; 1/24 Benefit at Castaways 10pm w/Little Egypt & Mauries Perry; 1/25 Hip-Hop Show at Southside Ctr w/street poetry 7pm; 1/30 Acoustic Show "All That's Left."

ALL-AGES SHOW at The Common Ground, 1/4 from 3-7pm, "smoke free dance featuring Patti Witten & Prairie Doll, Urban Horse Thieves, Route 5. An afternoon of local, homegrown twang!" HOURS accepted.

BOUND FOR GLORY FREE SUNDAY CONCERTS 8:30pm Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell & online at http://wvbr.com. 1/19 Jeff Warner. "Jeff is the son of Frank & Anne Warner, two of America's most important folk song collectors. He's got a grand repertoire, and he's a lot of fun."

1/10 - WINGNUT 9:30pm ABC Cafe; 1/12 - Wingnut 9pm Maxie's Supper Club wingnutjazz@hotmail.com

MUSEFEST NEWS
---"The big news is that Newhart's Lodge - home of the Musefest - is for sale. If you want more details about purchasing Newhart's Lodge, call Stan Gardner at 272-8379. We now also need to keep our options open for alternative places to hold the Musefest. If you know about any appropriate possible properties in the Ithaca area where we might be able to have the Musefest.
---"Muse Magazine seeks photos, articles, reviews, art for 2003 issue: theme 'Self Control & Vigilance.' 10% discount on ad prices if artwork & payment delivered before 4/1. musefest@yahoo.com

GREG BROWN CONCERT two-time Grammy nominated contemporary folk artist, Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School 1/17 "one of the best singer-songwriters in America" 8:00pm. Tickets $20.00 advance; $23.00 at door if available. 1/2 Ithaca HOUR accepted. Tickets: Clinton House, GreenStar, Autumn Leaves, 273-4497 or 1-800-28-ITHACA Outtasightprod@aol.com

"BL16" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Bakery. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

NATIONAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON 1/18 to demand: NO WAR AGAINST IRAQ!: ELIMINATE U.S. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION! Rally 11am West side of Capitol Bldg. March on DC Navy Yard. Charter Buses leaving Ithaca 12:30am Saturday 1/18 to arrive in DC 8am. Buses leave DC 6pm to arrive back in Ithaca 1am Sunday 1/19. Three buses reserved.
---Where: Green St. Bus Shelter, Tompkins County Public Library
---Tickets: $40 Round Trip, at Autumn Leaves Bookstore 115 The Commons
---Scholarships: Up to full scholarships available: jimsemp@yahoo.com or Kathy/Bill Halton 273-0533 "Congress has rubber-stamped Bush's criminal war that seeks to conquer the oil, land & resources of the Middle East. Bush & Congress have shown that they represent the interests of Corporate America rather than the people of the United States. A people's movement is growing to stop them. Tens of thousands of people will participate in mass protest activities on the Martin Luther King Jr. anniversary weekend."

TWELFTH NIGHT FOR WORLD PEACE 1/5 4-9pm at Stone Garden Sanctuary, 43 Mill St, Freeville. 5:30pm prayer circle. 6:30pm potluck. Singing, poetry. Dress warm. 844-9475

BLIX TO U.S. & U.K: WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS? "Chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix said 12/20 he's tired of the two powers telling him that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, but then failing to provide UN inspectors w/information needed to check those assertions."

IRAQ MAKES CIA OFFER: US agents invited to search for weapons "Baghdad invited its arch-enemy, the CIA, to enter Iraq & track down the country's elusive weapons of mass destruction. The Iraqis offer unhindered access to US intelligence agents."

MALL PEACE WALK FOLLOWED BY DIE-IN AT LANSING RECRUITER'S OFFICE Xmas eve: Almost 300 people from the Ithaca area participated in a silent peace walk through Pyramid Mall 12/21 to show opposition to proposed attack on Iraq. After walking for an hour, fourteen of the group poured red paint on themselves at the nearby Army Recruitment Center & staged a die-in to portray the death & destruction that war will cause. Their court date is 1/9 at 7pm, Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Rd (Rte. 34B). Peace walks through malls that day in 30 U.S. cities.

ITHACANS ARRESTED AT D.C. DIE-IN
---"Lisa Guido, Peter DeMott & Grace Ritter of Ithaca & 13 others were arrested 12/28 at White House during a nonviolent, peaceful die-in to protest the ongoing war against Iraq & the invasion of Iraq. Some poured their own blood on themselves during the protest.
---"DeMott & Ritter were charged w/ participating in a stationary demonstration in a restricted area & released w/ an order to appear in DC court 4/16. All three were part of the group who were arrested at the Ithaca Army Recruitment Center 12/21 for participating in a similar die-in there.
---"Peter DeMott's statement: 'As a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Viet Nam, I know firsthand that war is organized mass murder. Violence begets more violence. We need to solve international disputes peacefully & through negotiation.'" ljholzbaur@yahoo.com 227-4189.

DIRECT ACTION & RESEARCH TRAINING CENTER seeks organizer trainees. Those selected are paid. (785) 841-2680

800 American professors sign document warning of coming Israeli ethnic cleansing

FREE MOVIE "LUNA: The Stafford Giant Tree Sit" 1/8 at 7 pm, Old Jailhouse 125 E Court St. "Julia Butterfly Hill's heroic effort to protect a two thousand year old redwood tree. She lived in the tree for over two years." Refreshments served. Erin Riddle 256-9993

"MAB5" wins gift certificate to Gimme! Coffee. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

January 1, 1912: Chief of Police reports 24% DECREASE IN CRIME "due largely to the motion picture shows."
January 2, 1889: Fall Creek woman opens husband's letter & learns he has a wife & two children in Gemany. She declines to prosecute for bigamy provided he returns to the old country.
January 3, 1932: FOXDOG killed in Caroline. True crossbreed, grey & red.
January 4, 1919: Tompkins County garmers DUMP THEIR MILK rather than send it to New York City markets because dealers refuse to pay prices set by the Dairymen's League. Two weeks later dealers yield.
January 5, 1914: Cornell Glee Club records "Alma Mater" & "Cornell" on WAX DISCS, w/engineers from Columbia Phonograph Company.
January 6, 1883: BATTLE OF LINN STREET erupts when Constable Whitlock, IPD, County Sheriff & many spectators enter the Humiston home to reposess property. Furious fight ensues, everybody knocked down, truce declared, property taken, no charges pressed.
January 7, 1943: PLEASURE DRIVING BANNED during gasoline rationing, essential road trips only. Streets empty, few violators found.

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YOUR LETTERS

"It seems to me there's a need to come to some kind of agreement about a platform on which progressives could/should run for Common Council & Mayor. What exactly can and should a progressive actually DO if elected to Council? I'm not so much interested in what that progressive SAYS - I think we need to explain to voters what the progressive will DO.
---"There are clearly limits here. Council cannot move from regressive taxation to progressive taxation, for example, because they are legally constrained from doing so. They can lobby Albany to increase support for local governments & schools, but since the state is facing a $2.5B budget shortfall, they would have to pass a substantial increase in the state income tax to rectify the situation. While lobbying the state should certainly be a platform plank, it's not an example of what the government can DO.
---"How can progressives deal with the ever-rising regressive property tax? How can we counter the sprawl that will already be a fact by January 2004? How can we continue providing needed city services without layoffs or large tax increases while paying living wages & insisting on using union labor?
---"I'd be very interested in hearing what the progressive Dem caucus plans as well. Do they reflect the national party by proposing a kinder, gentler version of the Cohen policies, or do they pose a clear choice? What do Greens offer?" --Charles Dunaway
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"I would like to subscribe to your email newsletter. I live in Everett, WA, but my "home" town is Ithaca!" --Betsy Appleton
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"People at this time of year try to answer the question for themselves about whether to get a flu shot or not. Weighing the risks/benefits is an individual choice but one fact that individuals should be informed about in making the decision is the exposure to mercury used as a preservative in vaccines. There has been recent national attention on thimerosol, a mercury containing preservative, that has been used in vaccines in the past but has now been removed from vaccines given to children. The flu vaccine does contain thimerosol....more information on this can be obtained at www.909shot.com Maybe its time to put pressure on the vaccine companies to take the mercury out of adult vaccines as well!" --Marilee Murphy
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"Thanks for the invaluable publicity, guys. Question for Joe... are those extra (or even the first) printings being done at liveable wage, union printers, or even on a downtown copier machine??? I mean, if you want to keep merchants out of downtown events who don't have a presence in the Partnership area, & boast the need for a liveable wage, then I assume you can vouch for your beliefs in the usage of the 'correct' printer, right??? And the profits can be vouched for as an expense of your business, right??? Just checking on possible conflicts, you see." --Casey Stevens, WHCU
---[REPLY] You have provided this editor with much free publicity, I'm told, so this is merely fair. According to Wetmore, his book critiquing Mayor Cohen is printed three doors away, at Mail Boxes Etc. There are no union copy shops in our area. The book ($2.00) is sold near cost.
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"Thanks for all of the energy you put into informing all of us!" --Jennifer
---[REPLY] Thanks for your encouragement. Tax-deductible donations are welcome: ICN, Box 365, Ithaca 14851. Checks to Center for Environmental Sustainability (memo: ICN).
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"A friend recently sent me your article on GreenStar Globalisation, which I read with much interest, having been a GreenStar/co-op shopper for many years. I wish to respond to one aspect of the article, regarding Multinational Ownership of [organic] products
---"Now, I agree that Kellogg's, Kraft, Nabisco, & General Mills are bad (that's no news), Odwalla is owned by Coke, & I commend anyone who seeks to inform the public of these issues. Information is power, shopping is voting, no argument here. This is the basis for many successful boycotting campaigns, & the key to effective activism. BUT I think one must keep in mind that there are different levels of Multinational Ownership, to some of which a consumer boycott is simply irrelevant.
---"Here's a quote from your article detailing a chain of repercussions: 'Hearty & Natural veggie burgers is owned by Sunrich Food Group, which is owned by Stake Technologies, which is owned principally by Gruber & McBain Capital Management, whose principal investors are Boeing, Lockheed Martin & by Polymedica, whose principal investor is Safeco, whose principal investors are ExxonMobil, General Electric, & Citigroup.' Now, do you really think boycotting veggie burgers will make a difference, all the way down the line, to Exxon or GE or Citi? I think not!
---"Another example from your article: 'Celestial seasonings, Rice Dream, Bearitos, Westbrae etc. owned by Hain Foods, whose publicly-traded stock is owned by 'mutual funds & holding companies like Wellington (whose) principal stockholders are Philip Morris, etc.' This means that Hain Food Group, because Wellington Group owns - according to NASDAQ - less than 1/3rd ($35 mil. worth) of its shares out of a portfolio of $143 mil, of which some is owned by evil corporations listed... should be boycotted?
---"My point is: consumers & boycotts are not what this is about. Philip Morris, GE & co. are giant multinationals, & they do what giant multinationals do: trade stock, millions of $ at a time. They may be evil, but even in the unlikely event that Sunrich or Hain Food Group were to go out of business because of some massive boycott, what difference would it make to them? None whatsoever.
---"Trading stocks on Wall Street is not something we can 'shop' out of existence. More importantly, feeling guilty or depressed about your favorite brand of chips, ricemilk, veggyburger or whatever helps no one, when depriving yourself of it won't hurt the multinationals.
---"Thank you for an otherwise excellent article." --Sylvestre Marlaud
---[REPLY] Bearitos & other brands are little tails on multinational monstrosities, yet sales profit & further empower the world's most dangerous corporations. Expanding the control of organic harvest, processing, marketing & distribution by such companies as Monsanto endangers the definition & integrity of organics, while marginalizing small local growers.
---We can't get rid of stock markets & private investment. The only way to take control of capital is to invest it wisely & spend it wisely. I've detailed how we can pool wealth to meet local needs: Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange (WISE)
---There are hundreds of independent organic brands which GreenStar could stock alongside multinational brands, to give shoppers even greater choice. The appeal is to better abundance, not guilt.
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"Happy Holidays & may all your wishes for sustainability make great headway. You are my favorite author of all time. You are the most courageous & clear headed writer that I've ever known & I'm glad that you are here on this earth." --F.S.
---[REPLY] Thanks-- your letter provides pleasant counterpoint to certain others I've received.
---- "DA45" wins gift certificate to Oasis Natural Grocery. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
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"The choice of who will provide your electricity has turned out to be less of a choice than it initially appeared. Only two companies are taking new residential customers at this time. Furthermore, if the air emissions produced by the electricity you buy are important to you, the choice is even further reduced. All the energy supply companies except one buy their power from the same source & so it consists of the same mix of mostly non-renewable energy sources (less than 1% is from solar or wind).
---"There is one new choice with a difference. Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative is a New York State incorporated cooperative that is now accepting new residential customers. Co-opPlus members will still receive their electricity through a third-party for now. By pooling our members, Co-opPlus will be able to negotiate a slightly better rate than an individual could alone. This may not make a big difference in your energy costs initially. Our goal is to lay the groundwork for the future when we will be large enough to buy energy ourselves directly from renewable sources, provide members with energy efficiency services & products, or be able to participate in the energy market in other meaningful ways.
---"If you sign up with Co-opPlus, you will not notice anything different in your bill. There is no risk, no additional fees, & no commitment to staying with Co-opPlus. What you are doing by signing up is helping to build the critical mass necessary to have real purchasing power in the energy market.
---"Contrary to what many people think, the door to switching energy providers does not close on January 1, 2003. You can switch at any time. ---"If you want to sign up with Co-opPlus, fill out the member application form send to Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative, Box 6637, Ithaca, NY 14851, or to coopplusenergy@yahoo.com. You will receive an information packet from NYSEG Solutions, our third-party energy provider. In it will be a letter from Co-OpPlus. It is not until you send in the form in the NYSEG Solutions mailing that you are committing to change energy providers.
---TC Action hosts a page TCaction.org comparing rates between ESCO's, emissions comparisons for ESCO electricity contracts, & a natural gas comparison chart. Click on Energy Services.
---For more information: 277-1566 or 272-7582 coopplusenergy@yahoo.com --Dan Klein
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"After almost four years of dealing with the City of Ithaca, it looks like our house at 213 W. Spencer Street will be demolished. Of course we still do not have anything in writing (like what the city will pay for our property or when we have to be out) but we were recently told that our house is "a dime a dozen" & we will find another. Plus the construction schedule we were provided with begins in April.
---"Our house is not a dime a dozen and is worthy of being saved. It is a beautiful old home w/ wonderful woodwork & it is in excellent condition. However, it seems the city thinks in the short term (maybe three months at the longest stretch) & it is more convenient to tear the house down. But in the process of kicking people out of their homes for a bigger road, it also takes homes off the tax rolls & leaves a hole in the neighborhood.
---"If anything, I hope city officials can learn to be sympathetic when serving the 30+ people with eviction notices this spring. Regardless of what they think of our homes, they are (or where) our homes.
---I think our next home will be a car.... it will be safer that way."
--Lauri Dahl
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"Your readers are encouraged to submit names for naming our city bridges for someone who they might think has contributed to the city's past. They can do that by contacting the Superintendant of Public Works in City Hall."
--Gossa Tsegaye, Commissioner of Board of Public Works.
---[REPLY] The new Plain St bridge, built over the objections of the neighborhood, should be named for Alan Cohen, who shoved it down their throats. Daily rush hour traffic on Rte 13 should be named the Thys VanCort Traffic Jam, for the Director of Planning (1974-present), who has planned only for expanded traffic. Wider roadways & bridge capacity merely bring more cars. We need alternatives.
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"I have to say [Gwendolyn Dean's] letter [attacking Prof. Venables] is very disturbing. For someone to be unaware of Venables' contributions & feel this is grounds to question the way he is characterized is preposterous. For those who don't know how Venables has contributed to the American Indian cause, look at almost any Indian land reclamation case & you will find him mentioned as the man who researched pertaining treaties & presented this information in court.
---"Robert Venables has fought, without looking for personal gain, to rectify the ills of those who couldn't or were limited in their ability to fight for themselves. This alone justifies his characterization as progressive & radical, without talking about the thousands of Cornell students he enlightened by teaching the American Indian Studies class. I learned from Venables as much about the human condition & the wielding of power in politics as I did about the history of the American Indian. Lastly, regarding the statement referring to contracts, being forced out three years earlier than your contract states is 'giving the boot' to someone. At least, it is on this planet." --Glen Jesse Golden
-------- "MOVIES" wins gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"LDC2" wins gift certificate to Ten Thousand Villages. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"TKH2" wins gift certificate to Sparrow's Wines. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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"BLUEBIRDS UP CLOSE" video shown by Liberty Hyde Bailey Garden Club 1/21. Club meets 3rd Tuesdays 7:30pm at Cornell Greenhouse Auditorium, Tower Rd. All welcome. 272-9476

"GROWING NATIVE PLANTS" 1/15 7-8:30pm, Krissy Faust, Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave. Finger Lakes Native Plant Society.

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CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT WRITING CHILDRENS' BOOKS: Roundtable discussion w/local children's authors on 1/15 from 7:00-8:00pm, public library. "Find out what itě¨s like to be an author, where authors get their ideas, & how you can get started" (ages 10+).

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF TOMPKINS COUNTY (LVTC) "seeks volunteer tutors. Students may be American-born or immigrants or refugees, or incarcerated youth at area facilities." Volunteers meet w/ students 2 hours/wk, based on their schedules, & attend 15 hours training. Training sessions late January. 277-6442 literacy@TLPartners.org

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DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE 1/4 at Foundation of Light,Turkey Hill Rd. Meditation 7:15pm, Dances 7:30pm. "Simple Circle Dances & Songs that honor many Spiritual traditions." No experience necessary. Come Join the Circle! First Saturdays. Diane 272-7582

"DREAMING THE FUTURE",1/8; "Dreaming w/the Departed, 1/22; 7-9pm at the Massage School. Debra Statton 277-1368 for info.

REIKI I, $100-. Reiki II, $200-. Reiki III, $300-. Reiki IV, $400-. Barter okay (need bodywork & more training in alternative therapies). Foundation of Light: 391 Turkey Hill Rd. Reiki I: 1-6pm on 1/10. Reiki II: 1-6pm on 1/14. Reiki III: 1-6pm on 1/28. Hanan Zaman 844-8636.

EMBODIED VOICE & SPEECH 1/14, 7-8:30pm w/ Leeny Sack. "Soften the boundary between inner experience & outer expression for both professional performance & everyday life. FREE. Finger Lakes School of Massage. 272-9024 to register

"TRAONACH" wins gift certificate to Toko Imports. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"RENE" wins gift certificate to Acorn Designs. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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TRIFALCONDOVE STUDIO DANCE LESSONS TriFalconDove@aol.com 4 Dance Lessons for $10.00 introductory offer: Latin Swing Comprehensive ( Swing-Jitterbug, Lindy, West Coast Swing ) Ballroom ( Waltz, Foxtrot, The Tangos ( American, Argentine, International ), and Rumba ) Hip Hop-Disco, Modern-Lyrical, Children's Dance Hour

"DV23" wins gift certificate to Surya Incense. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"RUNEHILL" wins gift certificate to The Yoga Corner. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"ITHACA@LIGHTLINK" wins gift certificate to The Bath Bar. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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CELL PHONE DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Even cell phones without service can be used to call 911, & some of the cellular phone companies will also program them to call the Advocacy Center Hotline 277-5000.
---Drop off points for donated cell phones atTompkins County Village Police Departments in Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Groton, Trumansburg, &United Way of Tompkins County, 313 N. Aurora
---Please package cell phone, w/service turned off & address book cleared. 274-7504, ext 104 srobinson@tompkins-co.org

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JEWISH COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL forming in fall 2003. "A group of families w/ children age 2+ are developing plans for a teacher-led, parent-run half-day program, to meet 3-5 mornings/week. Those interested: Lisa

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WISHING YOU CLEAR SKIES THIS NEW YEAR:

"SANDRAFIEDOREK" wins gift certificate to Cafe Strand. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"JRB26" wins gift certificate to White Lotus Home. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.
"JAA7" wins gift certificate to Dinosaur Dry Goods. Reply w/mailing address by 1/20.

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