ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
January #2 2003

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

[This is the SECOND OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 6,942 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), 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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WARMER ITHACAS: our frosty city is warmer than some Ithacas (see previous issue) but colder than:
* Ithaca, Georgia
* Ithaca, Ohio (5 degrees warmer in January)
* Ithaca Auditorium & Ithaca Creek (Brisbane, Australia)
* Ithaca, Greece: (this one really rubs it in) as does this one.

ITHACA IS HOT! in FEBRUARY: Steamy Sauna Tour Weekend 2/7-9. Lover's Weekend for Valentine's Day 2/14-16. Ithaca's Annual Chili Cook-off Weekend 2/21-23. Mardi Gras Extravaganza on the Cayuga Wine Trail; 2/28-3/2.

LOCAL CROSSCOUNTRY SKI REPORTS

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ITHACA VEGGIE CAR gets 45mpg on free fast food oil: Morgan Thompson converted his '81 VW Rabbit to used cooking oil donated by a local business. He commutes 30 miles daily. Starts on diesel, for two minutes, to heat engine, then switches to veggie tank. Then two minutes before shutoff switches again to diesel, to clear the injector pump. For friends he's also converted a Mercedes & a Ford truck. He's willing to consult (accepts 25% HOURS): 539-6796

"GOD BLESS A_FRICA" in 4' electric letters on Floral Avenue, after prankster unscrewed select "AMERICA" lightbulbs in Bill Lower's massive Christmas display.

WHIRLING DERVISH MASTER FOR EAST COAST LIVES IN ITHACA: Marcia Radin has just been named turn "sheikah" (teacher) for all of eastern U.S. by Jelalludin, born above Rumi's tomb. She'll host a major gathering here 4/4-6. Classes: 272-0694

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TOMPKINS COUNTY QUALITY OF LIFE 2000: Thirty fellow citizens have collected 50 pages of facts about our lives, to help us assess our needs & capacities. Some samples are surprising:
* There were 7,386 arts events in the County in 2000-- twenty per day.
* TCAT gives 2.8 million rides yearly (7,671/day).
* County's registered vehicles increased 20% in just six years ('92-'96).
* For every pound of waste recycled, two pounds are landfilled.
* 3,800,000 pounds of organic discards are composted yearly.
* One third of housing units are institutional (dorms, nursing homes, jail cells, etc)
* Half of children at Beverly J. Martin School are eligible for Food Stamps.
* One-third of newborns are eligible for public assistance.
* 13.6% of residents live in poverty.
* Average pay for government jobs increased 36% ('70-'95) while retail pay decreased 27%.
* 665,000 emergency meals were provided in 2000.
* There are at least 101 support groups ranging from Abuse, Alcoholism, Grief/Loss, Eating Disorders.
* 8% of the County's land area is built on, 91% is agricultural or open space.
* 71% of open space is vulnerable to sprawl.
---"The committee provided information... that broadens our understanding of what a good quality of life means. For instance, the economic health of the community is measured not just by employment rates, job types, & wage levels but also by the ability of individuals & families to be self-sufficient." See book at www.tompkins-co.org/bor/committee/quality2000/report.html
---Several categories suggest actions we can take, while others are merely descriptive. The report details the need for further research beyond volunteer capacity.
---Here are indicators suggested by the Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange (WISE) for better evaluting the health of our local economy.

2003 TOMPKINS COUNTY LEGISLATURE MEETING DATES SET: in County Courthouse at 5:30pm, first & third Tuesday each month, w/ exception of first mtg in November, moved to 11/5.

"AC102" wins gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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ITHACA FUN

VOICES (global vision, local volume): Come sing! (highschool & older) no auditions. Mondays at Unitarian annex, 208 E. Buffalo, 7-8:30pm.

CORNELL FOLK SONG CLUB CONCERTS all four Spring concerts $43 for CFSC members. Join: 277-8519 or tickets on-line. By mail: Cornell Folk Song Club, Box 481, Ithaca, NY 14851. Ithaca HOURS accepted. Season passes available until 2/1.
* Bill Staines - 2/1 Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Cornell, 8:00pm. $12
* Utah Phillips -3/1 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, 8:00 pm. $15

SEE-SPOT GALLERY 108 Commons: "Make Art Now!" Materials available.
1/18 Gypsy Dance Party w/Zela Zola & bellydancers: 8-11pm, $5, HOURS accepted.
1/24 Punk Show: Subparbreakers, Plan 607, The Sorority 7pm. HOURS.
1/24 Little Egypt-- Castaways benefit
2/6 Art Godin 8pm, $3. HOURS.
2/7 Cole, acoustic 8pm, $3. HOURS.
2/8 Punk Show: Number 2, 1,000 Years' War, Amorous Radio. $5. HOURS.
---To book a show (poetry, dance, theatre, anything goes!) Michelle 277-7560.

ITHACA SILENT FILMS (1916) at PUBLIC IBRARY 1/24, 1:30pm: "The Adventures of the Jealous Wife" & "The Missing Watchman."

CONTRA DANCE & CAKE AUCTION 1/25 from 7:0-10:30pm, hosted by Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Memorial Room of Willard Straight Hall, Cornell. Music by Your Friends & Neighbors, calling by Katy Heine. Cost $5/person or $10/family. Ithaca HOURS accepted. Suzanne Kates, 277-4264

HIP HOP STREET POETRY OPEN MIKE 1/25 "bring your rhymes!" Southside Community Ctr 7-8pm; Rescue Squad, Real Eyes 8-10pm

EVENING OF JEWISH STORIES, Poetry and Music, Temple Beth-El 1/25, 7:30pm. $2.00. HOURS.

TEXTSCAPES: monumental community-based public artwork at public library. Opening celebration & poetry reading 1/23, 5-7pm. Created by poets, artists, families, community members & teens during Fall 2002. 350 feet of hand-printed images & two-line poems

ARLO GUTHRIE CONCERT at State Theatre 3/8 at 8pm. TICKET SALES start 1/18 at GreenStar, Clinton House, 277-4497, 800-28-ITHACA. Reserved: $21, $25, $29. Half HOUR/ticket accepted.

"CAC29" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Fine Chocolates. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31."
"ITHACA607" wins tickets to Cinemapolis/FCP. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"MEW4" wins gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS NEWS "Ithaca's Best Website" (Ithaca Times Reader's Poll 2002) now provides
ITHACA'S ONLY KEYWORD-SEARCHABLE NEWS ARCHIVE Thanks to Bill Carini!
---PRINT EDITION BEING PLANNED (5,000 copies). To purchase display advertising in this publication, contact Paul Glover (reply to this email) or 272-4330.
---DONATIONS TO ICN TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Please support this publication: Box 365, Ithaca 14851

FREE SPEECH TELEVISION: You can show your favorite videos on Channel 78 by taking it to PEGASYS 272-7272 on W. Green St. (3-11pm). Time Warner wants to take this right away, to convert Channel 78 to commercial broadcast. Kenny Ritter

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ITHACA HEALTH FUND COMPLETES SIXTH YEAR * America's only democratically-managed health security system: members vote for board of directors.
---Board minutes published
---Next board mtg 2/2, 7pm, City Hall, 108 E. Green St, 3rd fl. Candidates sought: Mark Sammo
* America's most transparent system: payments list http://www.ithacahealth.org/balancesheet.htm
* America's most efficient: just 2.5% of Fund income for office expenses. Payments usually overnight.
---The Fund now provides $1,375,000 total coverage to 560 current members, who are co-owners of a $153,243.55 bank account. The earliest members joined to support a 'noble idea.' Now most join because it's a good deal: $100/year.
---297 members are known to have no other health security plan. 513 members live in NY.
---131 health providers regularly give discounts to Fund members. Others give discounts when asked.
---Tax-deductible donations made to IHA, Box 362, Ithaca 14851 (checks to Southside Community Ctr).

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"CO-OPPLUS ENERGY COOPERATIVE now has 149 households with 164 electricity accounts. We sent in this first list of names to NYSEG Solutions on 1/2/03. Members will receive an endorsement letter from Co-opPlus, & an information letter, contract, & disclosure statement from NYSEG Solutions. Members sign the contract & return to NYSEG Solutions, to receive Co-op energy savings (.275 cents per kwh less than NYSEG's fixed price (55% x $.005). There are additional energy savings of a one-bill switching credit of 35 cents per month + sales tax reduction . Members still receive one NYSEG bill.
---"The co-op is still accepting new members We have arranged with NYSEG Solutions to get group rates for each additional block of 100 members.
---"The Board of Directors' longer term goals include finding renewable energy sources, offering energy efficiency products & services to members, & exploring avenues for distributed generation. We are beginning to develop the market clout where we can make a difference in the provision of energy sources and services. Board meetings are open to members.
---"We look forward to serving your energy needs in the future. " --Kenny Christianson, Alison Christie, Dan Klein, Heather Mcdaniel, Kirk Smith
--Board of Directors

ELECTRIFYING CHOICES: WSKG program

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MARTIN L. KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION 1/20 , 11:30am-4:30pm free luncheon, keynote speech & performances by local choirs to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). After luncheon: children's workshops by Johnson Museum of Art, storytelling by Jacqueline Scott, music workshop by Tom Seely. Joint Elder-Youth Speakout, '"Alternatives to Violence" training. Dessert & additional performances by local choirs.
---If you would be interested in volunteering for a shift(s) Rene Farkas 255-1107 or Alison Christie 273-9392

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL at Cornell Cinema: "highlights from the 2002 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival."
---Jan 29, 31 & Feb 2: The Trials of Henry Kissinger
---Jan 30, Feb 1 & 3: Bloody Sunday
---Feb 4 & 6: Afghanistan 1380
---Feb 11 & 13: Gaza Strip
---Feb 18 & 20: Stealing the Fire
---Feb 23 & 25: August: A Moment Before the Eruption

REFLECTIONS ON WAR & ITS AFTERMATH at Cornell Cinema: Cosponsored w/Cornell Anti-War Coalition & Cornell Forum for Justice & Peace
---Feb 5: The Battle of Algiers (1966) ---Feb 12: No Man's Land (2001)
---Feb 14 & 15: Green Dragon (2001) ---Feb 19: Prisoner of the Mountains (1997)
---Feb 26 & 28: The Thin Red Line (1998) For complete listing, times, locations 1/10 ITHACA HOUR ($1) accepted

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, ITHACA group, meets 1/21, 7:30pm, Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave. Sign letters, postcards (signatures are powerful!). Campaigns for human rights abroad & at home. All welcome. 257-3156 ewb2@cornell.edu

"DALYATAMIR" wins gift certificate to Toko Imports. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"KC259" wins gift certificate to Gimme! Coffee. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"LARS" wins gift certificate to 10,000 Villages. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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LIVING WAGE COALITION NEWS Finger Lakes Community for Humanistic Judaism (Kol Haverim) joins Coalition. Now 35 community, labor, student & religious groups are affiliated. Next mtg 1/23, 6:15pm, 110 N. Geneva St.
---"We will provide Living Wage Coalition brochures to participants & also seek to offer our Low-Wage Worker Surveys for folks to fill out.
---"2. Hotel Workers Campaign: Thanks to Stu Stein a meeting has been scheduled with Scott Wiggins, a leader in the Hotel Owners' Association, to gather information about the industry, to communicate to him our concerns about the low wages in the industry, & to express our commitment to assist these workers and press for change.
---"3. Living Wage Resolution: After some discussion of the pros & cons, we reaffirmed our support for moving forward with this proposed County Board resolution in support of living wages.
---"4. Cornell student involvement: COLA & CASE/UAW will work on bringing a speaker/video to campus to generate more awareness & support for living wages. There was also interest expressed in doing more within the high schools & middle schools. Students are also very interested in supporting a hotel workers campaign or other living wage campaigns in the community." Carl Feuer

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---TRACKING OUTING 1/18; 10am: Meeting where Finger Lakes Trail crosses Michigan Hollow Rd. Also known as Diane's Crossing, on Michigan Hollow Rd. 2.5 miles S of Rt.96B in Danby. Erin Riddle 256-9993 or Linda Spielman 844-8522.
---SIERRA CLUB'S GENETIC ENGINEERING COMMITTEE is targeting Kraft, the largest packaged food producer in the US, to urge them to remove GE ingredients from their products. Mailing party with local group: Erin Riddle
---TWO GARDENS IN QUEBEC: Winter Garden Travel Slide Show: visit to Frank Cabot's private garden 1/19, 2-3:30 pm. Pat Curran 272-2292.
---MASTER COMPOSTER VOLUNTEER TRAINING: application deadline: 1/31 Classes: Ten Thursdays 2/20-4/24, 6:30-8:30pm. Community volunteers protect the environment, improve gardens, reduce waste, & having fun. 272-2292.
* INDOOR COMPOSTING --Stealth & Worm Bin Style! 2/1, 10am-noon. Class fee $3. 272-2292.

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

FIVE BUSLOADS TO D.C. DEMONSTRATION 1/18. All tickets sold.

GREENSTAR RESOLUTION AGAINST IRAQ ATTACK passed 10-0 by Council 1/14: "We believe that we need to work for peace with Iraq & to stop a U.S. invasion of Iraq w/ its potential for thousands of needless injuries & deaths, & that the $200 billion planned for war against Iraq should be spent instead to fund jobs, education, housing, health care, child care, assistance to the elderly, protection of the environment, energy conservation, reducing reliance on fossil fuels & otherwise to meet people's needs."

U.N. SEES 500,000 IRAQI CASUALTIES AT START OF WAR: 1/7 (Reuters) "As many as half a million Iraqis could require medical treatment as a result of serious injuries suffered in the early stages of a war on Iraq, U.N. emergency planners said in a document disclosed Tuesday."

Three Ithacans, Marie DeMott Grady &Anna & Grace Ritter, were interviewed on Pacifica's Peacewatch radio show about Ithaca & youth activism & the die-in at Lansing Army Recruitment Ctr

TIME MAGAZINE POLL: WHICH NATION MOST THREATENS WORLD PEACE?

ONE-DAY NATIONAL STUDENT STRIKE 3/5: "Books Not Bombs! Stop The War Against Iraq! The National Youth & Student Peace Coalition (NYSPC) calls upon students on campuses across the United States to join a one-day student strike ---"As students and youth, our futures will be shaped by the actions that the Bush administration takes today. A US attack on Iraq will inevitably:
* Endanger the lives of US servicemen & women
* Increase the suffering and misery of the Iraqi people while
* slaughtering thousands of innocent people
* Encourage terror attacks against the US around the world & at home,
* Be used as an excuse to erode civil liberties
* Divert resources from education & social services
* Subvert historical precedent & international law
---"WE DEMAND that the US Government:
* End the drive for military action & sanctions that target the people of Iraq
* Fund education to ensure that everyone in the US has access to higher education
* Re-allocate military funds to eliminating poverty & building peace at home & abroad
---"That Campus Administrators:
* Declare opposition to the war
* Disclose & eliminate military research contracts
* Freeze or lower tuition and fees
* Transfer money for JROTC to college preparation & counseling & from & ROTC to financial aid.

CALL WHITE HOUSE: 202-456-1111. "Operator will thank you for saying "I oppose" or "I approve."

LISTSERVE FOR YOUNG ACTIVISTS IN CENTRAL NY youthunitedforpeace@yahoogroups.com

CHOICES ANGER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM of Community Dispute Resolution Center seeks volunteers for one-on-one w/ at-risk youth. Mentors meet w/ youth for 7 one-hour sessions to teach anger management skills. Registration by 1/31, training begins 2/6. Jeci 273-9347

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* January 15, 1891: Cast of brain of Laura Bridgeman, famous deaf, dumb & blind person, is exhibited.
* January 16, 1911: Central Labor Union goes on record opposing "THIRD DEGREE" police interrogation methods as being "barbarous & cruel."
* January 17, 1971: As snowmobiles become popular they become unpopular. A Brooktondale man fires a warning shot then WOUNDS A SNOWMOBILER crossing his land.
* January 18, 1864: Ezra Cornell offers women $50 to shut up. "You would accomplish more by talking less," he tells the Ladies' Volunteer Aid Society, encouraging them to roll Civil War bandages for ONE DAY WITHOUT TALKING.
* January 19, 1944: Among the last HORSERIDING ACCIDENTS downtown, Wimpy Donahue falls from the saddle on Auburn St.
* January 20, 1926: Headaches & weariness no longer exuse students from class at Cornell, as Medical Department abolishes the attendance HONOR CODE.
* January 21, 1912: Baptism at lake by Church of Colored Scientists, through HOLE CUT IN ICE.
* January 22, 1937: An 11-lb. CARP is found swimming upstream at top of Fall Creek Falls.

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YOUR LETTERS

"I had no idea there were other Ithacas out there! (Except for the Greek one, that is)." --Elizabeth D.
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"I propose that you add one to the top ten [Good News of 2002] list-- The first phase of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Cass Park was opened & funding was received for the second phase to connect Cass Park to the Farmers' Market. The Waterfront Trail will provide a non-motorized transportation alternative to the State Routes (13,96 and 89) along the Inlet. The thousands of families that currently drive from downtown residential neighborhoods to Cass Park for ballgames and swimming will now be able to bike, blade or walk. Northside & Fall Creek residents will be able to walk & bike to the Farmers' Market & to west end restaurants.
---"Once the trail is complete (5 years or so) & the Black Diamond Trail is constructed between Ithaca & Taughannock, we will have the foundation of a great regional trail network. Linkages from the City to the waterfront along creeks & roadways will be critical to ensure residents do not have to drive to the trail." --Rick Manning
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"Thank you for researching & posting what you found on the web [about corporate ownership of organic foods] Are there similar websites that you recommend reading to learn more about who I am supporting when I shop at the local co-op?" --Adam Michaelides
---[REPLY] This is the first website to feature multinational corporate ownership of organic foods.
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"I just want to second the letter by Glen Jesse Golden regarding Bob Venable's contributions to the cause of Native Americans. I first crossed paths with Bob 22 years ago, during the first attempt to negotiate a settlement of the Cayuga Nation's land claim right here in our region.
---"He was like a voice in the wilderness, actively engaged in research & writing in support of the Cayugas and their cause even as progressives here in Ithaca were silent on the matter. Bob provided me with valuable information that I could then ustilize to fight the racists in Seneca, Cayuga and Tompkins County who ultimately succeeded in so poisoning the atmosphere that an out-of-court settlement was impossible.
---"He was also one of the few academics that I recall that was willing to question the fairness of the deal negotiated by those in the Cayuga leadership who were willing to settle for far less than what was rightfully owed by New York. If Bob is leaving Cornell, then the American Indian Program will truly lose an asset." --George Frantz
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"Can you point me in the direction of any information regarding how legally to avoid paying federal taxes? I have no interest in paying for Bush's war in Iraq. I understand that I must make payments elsewhere in lieu of tax contributions to the federal pot, but I don't know what that alternative is. Can you help me?" --Fred Conner
---{REPLY] National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (headquartered in Ithaca) Mary Loehr
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[reply to Brandy Cox]: "The most striking thing about your letter to Ithaca Community News is that you seem more upset about the writing & promotion of my Book, "A History of Mayor Alan J. Cohen's Administration of Ithaca, NY" than Alan Cohen is.
---"Perhaps in your next letter you could explain the positive benefits to Ithaca that Alan Cohen's policies have brought the community.
---"As for your comment, 'Why not take a card table to Gimme! & sell the book there too?' If Gimme! wishes to sell my book, they are welcome to. Several other stores have chosen to stock my book, & it is #1 on the Bookery's best seller list for non-fiction.
---"The most disturbing part of your letter was the sentence, 'Alan is no angel...but for f**ks sake... deal with it.' Do you really believe that once a person is elected to office that citizens should ignore what they do? I find this comment frighteningly similar to comments by Nazis who tried to excuse their part in the holocaust by saying they were just following orders. I find the mayor's actions outrageous & feel it is my duty as a citizen in a democracy to voice my opposition to them." --Joseph Wetmore
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"Thanks for the great news you send. My family & I appreciate it." --Annemarie Mattison
-------- "TRCKN420" wins gift certificate to Sparrow's Wines. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"DMC13" wins gift certificate to Oasis Grocery (now open weekdays 9am-7pm).
"TOSHAV" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Bakery. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
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"I am alerting you to news of my photography & activism. The Ithaca Times wrote an editorial on the 11/13 issue withholding my name (possibly to protect themselves from any lawsuit), but was about me, with many false statements, to which my lawyer from last year's trial, responded correcting the IT's misinformation! I went to the IT asking why this happened & no explanation was given, they treated me like a child & then said I should make an appointment to talk to them, which I did & then they did not honor my apt. WHAT THEY DID WAS GIVE ME ALL MY PHOTOS BACK & SAID "WE DO NOT WANT TO WORK WITH YOU". I WAS SHOCKED! I was not given any explanation for the termination. I did NOTHING to them to deserve this. I have been on friendly terms with this paper for 15 years, & there was no sign of any of this coming on. I feel betrayed & I take this as a political assault to me, my activism & the community! Many people enjoy my photos.
---"I have written to the IT for a written explantion of my termination. Since then, they have not writen or returned phone calls. I am deeply hurt; it feels like a part of me has died.
---"The IT provided that sharing with all of you! I also served peace & justice through my photo journalistic photographs, & been at events where other news photographers were not. My photos represented a lot more than me-- it represented a whole community or event! It was a communication I cherished. How can they think of themselves as a progressive paper!
---"I want to take a moment to thank all those who loved my photos & have told me so. I am also thinking of all of you, who will miss them being published in the IT" --Fay Gougakis
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"I did some quick research, but can't find who owns Gannett Newspapers. Do you know, or can you suggest how I find out?" --Marlo C.
---[REPLY] Gannett is 79% owned by other corporations. Those with largest stockholdings include Microsoft, GE, Exxon, Citigroup, Pfizer, Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Merck, Verizon, Bank of America, Proctor & Gamble, Intel, Coca Cola, Pepsico, Cisco. Enter http://www.nasdaq.com put GCI (Gannett's stock symbol) into the search box, push button, then select "institutional holdings" in popup.
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"Is there a way to effect a house-trade with an Ithacan family?" --R.S.
---[REPLY] If someone is inspired to start a house-sharing/swapping system I'll note it.
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---"[According to] Kate Alfaro [of ICSD], Ithaca High School is NOT releasing kids' names to recruiters. There is a strict policy against this, & any change in that policy would have to be brought before the School Board.
---"However I began to wonder what is happening on this issue at other local high schools. I came across a New York State Dept of Education publication about military recruiting. I realized as I read this document that military recruiters (or anyone else) ALREADY have all the information on the IHS kids because of the IHS Student & Staff directory which lists student names, addresses, grade & phone number & is hardly a private document as it is distributed to all students. This is something we get to 'opt out' of but few parents do. So the whole issue may well be moot in the local context anyway as the recruiters can get the information without having to go to the schools at all.
---"I strongly urge you to call [other high] schools to find out what the school policy is. And do these schools have directories like the IHS one?" --Linda Farthing
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"I have finally gone back and read the first December community newsletter, & came across your following comment: 'Bin Laden's message is important as a wake-up call. Whether he or Al Qaida survive, others will follow. America will change voluntarily & gracefully, to fairly share the planet, or we will be torn apart from without & within.' --P.G.
---"Some 140 years ago Abraham Lincoln made a prediction about America that I have always believed, & believe now more than ever in light of our slide toward war & fascism in the wake of September 11th: 'As a nation of free men we will live forever, or perish by suicide.'
---"Back during all the 1st anniverary commemorations a lot of our political "leaders" were quoting the Gettysburg Address. I was thinking of the less known quote above. Suicide it it may well be, unless Americans wake up. Keep up the good works!" --George

"MSLOATE1" wins gift certificate to Surya Incense. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"RABBITFOOT9" wins gift certificate to Dinosaur Dry Goods. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"MANNIN4" wins gift certificate to The Yoga Corner. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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TOWN OF ULYSSES DRAFT ZONING ORDINANCE "would allocate permitted land uses in the town to eleven zoning district categories, including two types of agricultural zoning districts, five residential zoning districts, a conservation/recreation district, two business zoning districts & a light industrial zoning district." Public mtg: 1/21 TBurg Elementary 387-5767 George Frantz 256-9310

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ITHACANS WHO HAVE VISITED LATIN AMERICA are asked by CUSLAR to fill out the following survey: http://www.rso.cornell.edu/cuslar/form.html

LEARN SPANISH: classes begin 1/20. Taught by native speakers. cuslar@cornell.edu 255-7293. Beginning I-- Monday/Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm Goldwin Smith Hall 164 (Cornell). Beginning II-- Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:00 Goldwin Smith G88. Intermediate-- Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm Anabel Taylor Hall rm 314.

THEN JOIN ASOCIACION CIVICA LATINA del CONDADO de TOMPKINS: "fue establecida en 1994 para unir, informar, apoyar y ayudar a la comunidad hispana de la region del Condado de Tompkins. Esta organizacion tiene como objetivo mantener viva la cultura del idioma castellano en esta comunidad; a traves de un festival hispano que se realiza anualmente, reuniones de caracter social-bailable, en donde compartimos comidas tipicas, musica popular y folklorica. La Asociacion esta abierta a todos los hispanos, asi como tambien a no-hispanos que sienten interes en la musica, las artes y las tradiciones de los paises de habla castellana."

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PHIL SHAPIRO'S GROUP FOLK GUITAR LESSONS: learn acoustic guitar, or improve your playing:" 8 one-hour lessons, Monday evenings, starting 1/27, North Room of Willard Straight Hall. Registration at first lesson. Just come, bring a guitar. Open to general public." pds10@cornell.edu
---7 pm BEGINNERS, 8 pm INTERMEDIATES. Entire course $50. Part HOURS acceptable. 844-4535

FREE DANCE LESSONS: Roger Christian & his Falcon & Doves Dance Troupe's open auditions ( experience helpful, not necessary, all ages ) at The Foundation of Light & Tiamat Studio during Jan/Feb. 277 - 0731

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* FENG SHUI ITHACA: consultations, speaking engagements, house parties, workshops. 100% HRS. 20% HF discount. Mary Stewart, CPIA 266-8088
* CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPINESS! art classes with Elisabeth Gross-Marks. 277-2419.
* FLOWER ESSENCE STUDY GROUP 1/23, Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd. 6:30-7:15PM: Group essences available to all, help for beginners and social time. 7:15-9:15pm.

"CRD22" wins gift certificate to The Bath Bar. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"DIANEAKO" wins gift certificate to White Lotus Home. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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Thanks to Homer & Jane at Lightlink for reliable internet services.

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
January #2 2003

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

[This is the SECOND OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 6,942 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), 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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WARMER ITHACAS: our frosty city is warmer than some Ithacas (see previous issue) but colder than:
* Ithaca, Georgia
* Ithaca, Ohio (5 degrees warmer in January)
* Ithaca Auditorium & Ithaca Creek (Brisbane, Australia)
* Ithaca, Greece: (this one really rubs it in) as does this one.

ITHACA IS HOT! in FEBRUARY: Steamy Sauna Tour Weekend 2/7-9. Lover's Weekend for Valentine's Day 2/14-16. Ithaca's Annual Chili Cook-off Weekend 2/21-23. Mardi Gras Extravaganza on the Cayuga Wine Trail; 2/28-3/2.

LOCAL CROSSCOUNTRY SKI REPORTS

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ITHACA VEGGIE CAR gets 45mpg on free fast food oil: Morgan Thompson converted his '81 VW Rabbit to used cooking oil donated by a local business. He commutes 30 miles daily. Starts on diesel, for two minutes, to heat engine, then switches to veggie tank. Then two minutes before shutoff switches again to diesel, to clear the injector pump. For friends he's also converted a Mercedes & a Ford truck. He's willing to consult (accepts 25% HOURS): 539-6796

"GOD BLESS A_FRICA" in 4' electric letters on Floral Avenue, after prankster unscrewed select "AMERICA" lightbulbs in Bill Lower's massive Christmas display.

WHIRLING DERVISH MASTER FOR EAST COAST LIVES IN ITHACA: Marcia Radin has just been named turn "sheikah" (teacher) for all of eastern U.S. by Jelalludin, born above Rumi's tomb. She'll host a major gathering here 4/4-6. Classes: 272-0694

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TOMPKINS COUNTY QUALITY OF LIFE 2000: Thirty fellow citizens have collected 50 pages of facts about our lives, to help us assess our needs & capacities. Some samples are surprising:
* There were 7,386 arts events in the County in 2000-- twenty per day.
* TCAT gives 2.8 million rides yearly (7,671/day).
* County's registered vehicles increased 20% in just six years ('92-'96).
* For every pound of waste recycled, two pounds are landfilled.
* 3,800,000 pounds of organic discards are composted yearly.
* One third of housing units are institutional (dorms, nursing homes, jail cells, etc)
* Half of children at Beverly J. Martin School are eligible for Food Stamps.
* One-third of newborns are eligible for public assistance.
* 13.6% of residents live in poverty.
* Average pay for government jobs increased 36% ('70-'95) while retail pay decreased 27%.
* 665,000 emergency meals were provided in 2000.
* There are at least 101 support groups ranging from Abuse, Alcoholism, Grief/Loss, Eating Disorders.
* 8% of the County's land area is built on, 91% is agricultural or open space.
* 71% of open space is vulnerable to sprawl.
---"The committee provided information... that broadens our understanding of what a good quality of life means. For instance, the economic health of the community is measured not just by employment rates, job types, & wage levels but also by the ability of individuals & families to be self-sufficient." See book at www.tompkins-co.org/bor/committee/quality2000/report.html
---Several categories suggest actions we can take, while others are merely descriptive. The report details the need for further research beyond volunteer capacity.
---Here are indicators suggested by the Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange (WISE) for better evaluting the health of our local economy.

2003 TOMPKINS COUNTY LEGISLATURE MEETING DATES SET: in County Courthouse at 5:30pm, first & third Tuesday each month, w/ exception of first mtg in November, moved to 11/5.

"AC102" wins gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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ITHACA FUN

VOICES (global vision, local volume): Come sing! (highschool & older) no auditions. Mondays at Unitarian annex, 208 E. Buffalo, 7-8:30pm.

CORNELL FOLK SONG CLUB CONCERTS all four Spring concerts $43 for CFSC members. Join: 277-8519 or tickets on-line. By mail: Cornell Folk Song Club, Box 481, Ithaca, NY 14851. Ithaca HOURS accepted. Season passes available until 2/1.
* Bill Staines - 2/1 Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Cornell, 8:00pm. $12
* Utah Phillips -3/1 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, 8:00 pm. $15

SEE-SPOT GALLERY 108 Commons: "Make Art Now!" Materials available.
1/18 Gypsy Dance Party w/Zela Zola & bellydancers: 8-11pm, $5, HOURS accepted.
1/24 Punk Show: Subparbreakers, Plan 607, The Sorority 7pm. HOURS.
1/24 Little Egypt-- Castaways benefit
2/6 Art Godin 8pm, $3. HOURS.
2/7 Cole, acoustic 8pm, $3. HOURS.
2/8 Punk Show: Number 2, 1,000 Years' War, Amorous Radio. $5. HOURS.
---To book a show (poetry, dance, theatre, anything goes!) Michelle 277-7560.

ITHACA SILENT FILMS (1916) at PUBLIC IBRARY 1/24, 1:30pm: "The Adventures of the Jealous Wife" & "The Missing Watchman."

CONTRA DANCE & CAKE AUCTION 1/25 from 7:0-10:30pm, hosted by Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Memorial Room of Willard Straight Hall, Cornell. Music by Your Friends & Neighbors, calling by Katy Heine. Cost $5/person or $10/family. Ithaca HOURS accepted. Suzanne Kates, 277-4264

HIP HOP STREET POETRY OPEN MIKE 1/25 "bring your rhymes!" Southside Community Ctr 7-8pm; Rescue Squad, Real Eyes 8-10pm

EVENING OF JEWISH STORIES, Poetry and Music, Temple Beth-El 1/25, 7:30pm. $2.00. HOURS.

TEXTSCAPES: monumental community-based public artwork at public library. Opening celebration & poetry reading 1/23, 5-7pm. Created by poets, artists, families, community members & teens during Fall 2002. 350 feet of hand-printed images & two-line poems

ARLO GUTHRIE CONCERT at State Theatre 3/8 at 8pm. TICKET SALES start 1/18 at GreenStar, Clinton House, 277-4497, 800-28-ITHACA. Reserved: $21, $25, $29. Half HOUR/ticket accepted.

"CAC29" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Fine Chocolates. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31."
"ITHACA607" wins tickets to Cinemapolis/FCP. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"MEW4" wins gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS NEWS "Ithaca's Best Website" (Ithaca Times Reader's Poll 2002) now provides
ITHACA'S ONLY KEYWORD-SEARCHABLE NEWS ARCHIVE Thanks to Bill Carini!
---PRINT EDITION BEING PLANNED (5,000 copies). To purchase display advertising in this publication, contact Paul Glover (reply to this email) or 272-4330.
---DONATIONS TO ICN TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Please support this publication: Box 365, Ithaca 14851

FREE SPEECH TELEVISION: You can show your favorite videos on Channel 78 by taking it to PEGASYS 272-7272 on W. Green St. (3-11pm). Time Warner wants to take this right away, to convert Channel 78 to commercial broadcast. Kenny Ritter

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ITHACA HEALTH FUND COMPLETES SIXTH YEAR * America's only democratically-managed health security system: members vote for board of directors.
---Board minutes published
---Next board mtg 2/2, 7pm, City Hall, 108 E. Green St, 3rd fl. Candidates sought: Mark Sammo
* America's most transparent system: payments list http://www.ithacahealth.org/balancesheet.htm
* America's most efficient: just 2.5% of Fund income for office expenses. Payments usually overnight.
---The Fund now provides $1,375,000 total coverage to 560 current members, who are co-owners of a $153,243.55 bank account. The earliest members joined to support a 'noble idea.' Now most join because it's a good deal: $100/year.
---297 members are known to have no other health security plan. 513 members live in NY.
---131 health providers regularly give discounts to Fund members. Others give discounts when asked.
---Tax-deductible donations made to IHA, Box 362, Ithaca 14851 (checks to Southside Community Ctr).

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"CO-OPPLUS ENERGY COOPERATIVE now has 149 households with 164 electricity accounts. We sent in this first list of names to NYSEG Solutions on 1/2/03. Members will receive an endorsement letter from Co-opPlus, & an information letter, contract, & disclosure statement from NYSEG Solutions. Members sign the contract & return to NYSEG Solutions, to receive Co-op energy savings (.275 cents per kwh less than NYSEG's fixed price (55% x $.005). There are additional energy savings of a one-bill switching credit of 35 cents per month + sales tax reduction . Members still receive one NYSEG bill.
---"The co-op is still accepting new members We have arranged with NYSEG Solutions to get group rates for each additional block of 100 members.
---"The Board of Directors' longer term goals include finding renewable energy sources, offering energy efficiency products & services to members, & exploring avenues for distributed generation. We are beginning to develop the market clout where we can make a difference in the provision of energy sources and services. Board meetings are open to members.
---"We look forward to serving your energy needs in the future. " --Kenny Christianson, Alison Christie, Dan Klein, Heather Mcdaniel, Kirk Smith
--Board of Directors

ELECTRIFYING CHOICES: WSKG program

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MARTIN L. KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION 1/20 , 11:30am-4:30pm free luncheon, keynote speech & performances by local choirs to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). After luncheon: children's workshops by Johnson Museum of Art, storytelling by Jacqueline Scott, music workshop by Tom Seely. Joint Elder-Youth Speakout, '"Alternatives to Violence" training. Dessert & additional performances by local choirs.
---If you would be interested in volunteering for a shift(s) Rene Farkas 255-1107 or Alison Christie 273-9392

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL at Cornell Cinema: "highlights from the 2002 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival."
---Jan 29, 31 & Feb 2: The Trials of Henry Kissinger
---Jan 30, Feb 1 & 3: Bloody Sunday
---Feb 4 & 6: Afghanistan 1380
---Feb 11 & 13: Gaza Strip
---Feb 18 & 20: Stealing the Fire
---Feb 23 & 25: August: A Moment Before the Eruption

REFLECTIONS ON WAR & ITS AFTERMATH at Cornell Cinema: Cosponsored w/Cornell Anti-War Coalition & Cornell Forum for Justice & Peace
---Feb 5: The Battle of Algiers (1966) ---Feb 12: No Man's Land (2001)
---Feb 14 & 15: Green Dragon (2001) ---Feb 19: Prisoner of the Mountains (1997)
---Feb 26 & 28: The Thin Red Line (1998) For complete listing, times, locations 1/10 ITHACA HOUR ($1) accepted

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, ITHACA group, meets 1/21, 7:30pm, Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave. Sign letters, postcards (signatures are powerful!). Campaigns for human rights abroad & at home. All welcome. 257-3156 ewb2@cornell.edu

"DALYATAMIR" wins gift certificate to Toko Imports. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"KC259" wins gift certificate to Gimme! Coffee. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"LARS" wins gift certificate to 10,000 Villages. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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LIVING WAGE COALITION NEWS Finger Lakes Community for Humanistic Judaism (Kol Haverim) joins Coalition. Now 35 community, labor, student & religious groups are affiliated. Next mtg 1/23, 6:15pm, 110 N. Geneva St.
---"We will provide Living Wage Coalition brochures to participants & also seek to offer our Low-Wage Worker Surveys for folks to fill out.
---"2. Hotel Workers Campaign: Thanks to Stu Stein a meeting has been scheduled with Scott Wiggins, a leader in the Hotel Owners' Association, to gather information about the industry, to communicate to him our concerns about the low wages in the industry, & to express our commitment to assist these workers and press for change.
---"3. Living Wage Resolution: After some discussion of the pros & cons, we reaffirmed our support for moving forward with this proposed County Board resolution in support of living wages.
---"4. Cornell student involvement: COLA & CASE/UAW will work on bringing a speaker/video to campus to generate more awareness & support for living wages. There was also interest expressed in doing more within the high schools & middle schools. Students are also very interested in supporting a hotel workers campaign or other living wage campaigns in the community." Carl Feuer

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---TRACKING OUTING 1/18; 10am: Meeting where Finger Lakes Trail crosses Michigan Hollow Rd. Also known as Diane's Crossing, on Michigan Hollow Rd. 2.5 miles S of Rt.96B in Danby. Erin Riddle 256-9993 or Linda Spielman 844-8522.
---SIERRA CLUB'S GENETIC ENGINEERING COMMITTEE is targeting Kraft, the largest packaged food producer in the US, to urge them to remove GE ingredients from their products. Mailing party with local group: Erin Riddle
---TWO GARDENS IN QUEBEC: Winter Garden Travel Slide Show: visit to Frank Cabot's private garden 1/19, 2-3:30 pm. Pat Curran 272-2292.
---MASTER COMPOSTER VOLUNTEER TRAINING: application deadline: 1/31 Classes: Ten Thursdays 2/20-4/24, 6:30-8:30pm. Community volunteers protect the environment, improve gardens, reduce waste, & having fun. 272-2292.
* INDOOR COMPOSTING --Stealth & Worm Bin Style! 2/1, 10am-noon. Class fee $3. 272-2292.

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

FIVE BUSLOADS TO D.C. DEMONSTRATION 1/18. All tickets sold.

GREENSTAR RESOLUTION AGAINST IRAQ ATTACK passed 10-0 by Council 1/14: "We believe that we need to work for peace with Iraq & to stop a U.S. invasion of Iraq w/ its potential for thousands of needless injuries & deaths, & that the $200 billion planned for war against Iraq should be spent instead to fund jobs, education, housing, health care, child care, assistance to the elderly, protection of the environment, energy conservation, reducing reliance on fossil fuels & otherwise to meet people's needs."

U.N. SEES 500,000 IRAQI CASUALTIES AT START OF WAR: 1/7 (Reuters) "As many as half a million Iraqis could require medical treatment as a result of serious injuries suffered in the early stages of a war on Iraq, U.N. emergency planners said in a document disclosed Tuesday."

Three Ithacans, Marie DeMott Grady &Anna & Grace Ritter, were interviewed on Pacifica's Peacewatch radio show about Ithaca & youth activism & the die-in at Lansing Army Recruitment Ctr

TIME MAGAZINE POLL: WHICH NATION MOST THREATENS WORLD PEACE?

ONE-DAY NATIONAL STUDENT STRIKE 3/5: "Books Not Bombs! Stop The War Against Iraq! The National Youth & Student Peace Coalition (NYSPC) calls upon students on campuses across the United States to join a one-day student strike ---"As students and youth, our futures will be shaped by the actions that the Bush administration takes today. A US attack on Iraq will inevitably:
* Endanger the lives of US servicemen & women
* Increase the suffering and misery of the Iraqi people while
* slaughtering thousands of innocent people
* Encourage terror attacks against the US around the world & at home,
* Be used as an excuse to erode civil liberties
* Divert resources from education & social services
* Subvert historical precedent & international law
---"WE DEMAND that the US Government:
* End the drive for military action & sanctions that target the people of Iraq
* Fund education to ensure that everyone in the US has access to higher education
* Re-allocate military funds to eliminating poverty & building peace at home & abroad
---"That Campus Administrators:
* Declare opposition to the war
* Disclose & eliminate military research contracts
* Freeze or lower tuition and fees
* Transfer money for JROTC to college preparation & counseling & from & ROTC to financial aid.

CALL WHITE HOUSE: 202-456-1111. "Operator will thank you for saying "I oppose" or "I approve."

LISTSERVE FOR YOUNG ACTIVISTS IN CENTRAL NY youthunitedforpeace@yahoogroups.com

CHOICES ANGER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM of Community Dispute Resolution Center seeks volunteers for one-on-one w/ at-risk youth. Mentors meet w/ youth for 7 one-hour sessions to teach anger management skills. Registration by 1/31, training begins 2/6. Jeci 273-9347

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* January 15, 1891: Cast of brain of Laura Bridgeman, famous deaf, dumb & blind person, is exhibited.
* January 16, 1911: Central Labor Union goes on record opposing "THIRD DEGREE" police interrogation methods as being "barbarous & cruel."
* January 17, 1971: As snowmobiles become popular they become unpopular. A Brooktondale man fires a warning shot then WOUNDS A SNOWMOBILER crossing his land.
* January 18, 1864: Ezra Cornell offers women $50 to shut up. "You would accomplish more by talking less," he tells the Ladies' Volunteer Aid Society, encouraging them to roll Civil War bandages for ONE DAY WITHOUT TALKING.
* January 19, 1944: Among the last HORSERIDING ACCIDENTS downtown, Wimpy Donahue falls from the saddle on Auburn St.
* January 20, 1926: Headaches & weariness no longer exuse students from class at Cornell, as Medical Department abolishes the attendance HONOR CODE.
* January 21, 1912: Baptism at lake by Church of Colored Scientists, through HOLE CUT IN ICE.
* January 22, 1937: An 11-lb. CARP is found swimming upstream at top of Fall Creek Falls.

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YOUR LETTERS

"I had no idea there were other Ithacas out there! (Except for the Greek one, that is)." --Elizabeth D.
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"I propose that you add one to the top ten [Good News of 2002] list-- The first phase of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Cass Park was opened & funding was received for the second phase to connect Cass Park to the Farmers' Market. The Waterfront Trail will provide a non-motorized transportation alternative to the State Routes (13,96 and 89) along the Inlet. The thousands of families that currently drive from downtown residential neighborhoods to Cass Park for ballgames and swimming will now be able to bike, blade or walk. Northside & Fall Creek residents will be able to walk & bike to the Farmers' Market & to west end restaurants.
---"Once the trail is complete (5 years or so) & the Black Diamond Trail is constructed between Ithaca & Taughannock, we will have the foundation of a great regional trail network. Linkages from the City to the waterfront along creeks & roadways will be critical to ensure residents do not have to drive to the trail." --Rick Manning
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"Thank you for researching & posting what you found on the web [about corporate ownership of organic foods] Are there similar websites that you recommend reading to learn more about who I am supporting when I shop at the local co-op?" --Adam Michaelides
---[REPLY] This is the first website to feature multinational corporate ownership of organic foods.
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"I just want to second the letter by Glen Jesse Golden regarding Bob Venable's contributions to the cause of Native Americans. I first crossed paths with Bob 22 years ago, during the first attempt to negotiate a settlement of the Cayuga Nation's land claim right here in our region.
---"He was like a voice in the wilderness, actively engaged in research & writing in support of the Cayugas and their cause even as progressives here in Ithaca were silent on the matter. Bob provided me with valuable information that I could then ustilize to fight the racists in Seneca, Cayuga and Tompkins County who ultimately succeeded in so poisoning the atmosphere that an out-of-court settlement was impossible.
---"He was also one of the few academics that I recall that was willing to question the fairness of the deal negotiated by those in the Cayuga leadership who were willing to settle for far less than what was rightfully owed by New York. If Bob is leaving Cornell, then the American Indian Program will truly lose an asset." --George Frantz
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"Can you point me in the direction of any information regarding how legally to avoid paying federal taxes? I have no interest in paying for Bush's war in Iraq. I understand that I must make payments elsewhere in lieu of tax contributions to the federal pot, but I don't know what that alternative is. Can you help me?" --Fred Conner
---{REPLY] National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (headquartered in Ithaca) Mary Loehr
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[reply to Brandy Cox]: "The most striking thing about your letter to Ithaca Community News is that you seem more upset about the writing & promotion of my Book, "A History of Mayor Alan J. Cohen's Administration of Ithaca, NY" than Alan Cohen is.
---"Perhaps in your next letter you could explain the positive benefits to Ithaca that Alan Cohen's policies have brought the community.
---"As for your comment, 'Why not take a card table to Gimme! & sell the book there too?' If Gimme! wishes to sell my book, they are welcome to. Several other stores have chosen to stock my book, & it is #1 on the Bookery's best seller list for non-fiction.
---"The most disturbing part of your letter was the sentence, 'Alan is no angel...but for f**ks sake... deal with it.' Do you really believe that once a person is elected to office that citizens should ignore what they do? I find this comment frighteningly similar to comments by Nazis who tried to excuse their part in the holocaust by saying they were just following orders. I find the mayor's actions outrageous & feel it is my duty as a citizen in a democracy to voice my opposition to them." --Joseph Wetmore
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"Thanks for the great news you send. My family & I appreciate it." --Annemarie Mattison
-------- "TRCKN420" wins gift certificate to Sparrow's Wines. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"DMC13" wins gift certificate to Oasis Grocery (now open weekdays 9am-7pm).
"TOSHAV" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Bakery. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
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"I am alerting you to news of my photography & activism. The Ithaca Times wrote an editorial on the 11/13 issue withholding my name (possibly to protect themselves from any lawsuit), but was about me, with many false statements, to which my lawyer from last year's trial, responded correcting the IT's misinformation! I went to the IT asking why this happened & no explanation was given, they treated me like a child & then said I should make an appointment to talk to them, which I did & then they did not honor my apt. WHAT THEY DID WAS GIVE ME ALL MY PHOTOS BACK & SAID "WE DO NOT WANT TO WORK WITH YOU". I WAS SHOCKED! I was not given any explanation for the termination. I did NOTHING to them to deserve this. I have been on friendly terms with this paper for 15 years, & there was no sign of any of this coming on. I feel betrayed & I take this as a political assault to me, my activism & the community! Many people enjoy my photos.
---"I have written to the IT for a written explantion of my termination. Since then, they have not writen or returned phone calls. I am deeply hurt; it feels like a part of me has died.
---"The IT provided that sharing with all of you! I also served peace & justice through my photo journalistic photographs, & been at events where other news photographers were not. My photos represented a lot more than me-- it represented a whole community or event! It was a communication I cherished. How can they think of themselves as a progressive paper!
---"I want to take a moment to thank all those who loved my photos & have told me so. I am also thinking of all of you, who will miss them being published in the IT" --Fay Gougakis
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"I did some quick research, but can't find who owns Gannett Newspapers. Do you know, or can you suggest how I find out?" --Marlo C.
---[REPLY] Gannett is 79% owned by other corporations. Those with largest stockholdings include Microsoft, GE, Exxon, Citigroup, Pfizer, Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Merck, Verizon, Bank of America, Proctor & Gamble, Intel, Coca Cola, Pepsico, Cisco. Enter http://www.nasdaq.com put GCI (Gannett's stock symbol) into the search box, push button, then select "institutional holdings" in popup.
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"Is there a way to effect a house-trade with an Ithacan family?" --R.S.
---[REPLY] If someone is inspired to start a house-sharing/swapping system I'll note it.
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---"[According to] Kate Alfaro [of ICSD], Ithaca High School is NOT releasing kids' names to recruiters. There is a strict policy against this, & any change in that policy would have to be brought before the School Board.
---"However I began to wonder what is happening on this issue at other local high schools. I came across a New York State Dept of Education publication about military recruiting. I realized as I read this document that military recruiters (or anyone else) ALREADY have all the information on the IHS kids because of the IHS Student & Staff directory which lists student names, addresses, grade & phone number & is hardly a private document as it is distributed to all students. This is something we get to 'opt out' of but few parents do. So the whole issue may well be moot in the local context anyway as the recruiters can get the information without having to go to the schools at all.
---"I strongly urge you to call [other high] schools to find out what the school policy is. And do these schools have directories like the IHS one?" --Linda Farthing
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"I have finally gone back and read the first December community newsletter, & came across your following comment: 'Bin Laden's message is important as a wake-up call. Whether he or Al Qaida survive, others will follow. America will change voluntarily & gracefully, to fairly share the planet, or we will be torn apart from without & within.' --P.G.
---"Some 140 years ago Abraham Lincoln made a prediction about America that I have always believed, & believe now more than ever in light of our slide toward war & fascism in the wake of September 11th: 'As a nation of free men we will live forever, or perish by suicide.'
---"Back during all the 1st anniverary commemorations a lot of our political "leaders" were quoting the Gettysburg Address. I was thinking of the less known quote above. Suicide it it may well be, unless Americans wake up. Keep up the good works!" --George

"MSLOATE1" wins gift certificate to Surya Incense. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"RABBITFOOT9" wins gift certificate to Dinosaur Dry Goods. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"MANNIN4" wins gift certificate to The Yoga Corner. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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TOWN OF ULYSSES DRAFT ZONING ORDINANCE "would allocate permitted land uses in the town to eleven zoning district categories, including two types of agricultural zoning districts, five residential zoning districts, a conservation/recreation district, two business zoning districts & a light industrial zoning district." Public mtg: 1/21 TBurg Elementary 387-5767 George Frantz 256-9310

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ITHACANS WHO HAVE VISITED LATIN AMERICA are asked by CUSLAR to fill out the following survey: http://www.rso.cornell.edu/cuslar/form.html

LEARN SPANISH: classes begin 1/20. Taught by native speakers. cuslar@cornell.edu 255-7293. Beginning I-- Monday/Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm Goldwin Smith Hall 164 (Cornell). Beginning II-- Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:00 Goldwin Smith G88. Intermediate-- Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm Anabel Taylor Hall rm 314.

THEN JOIN ASOCIACION CIVICA LATINA del CONDADO de TOMPKINS: "fue establecida en 1994 para unir, informar, apoyar y ayudar a la comunidad hispana de la region del Condado de Tompkins. Esta organizacion tiene como objetivo mantener viva la cultura del idioma castellano en esta comunidad; a traves de un festival hispano que se realiza anualmente, reuniones de caracter social-bailable, en donde compartimos comidas tipicas, musica popular y folklorica. La Asociacion esta abierta a todos los hispanos, asi como tambien a no-hispanos que sienten interes en la musica, las artes y las tradiciones de los paises de habla castellana."

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PHIL SHAPIRO'S GROUP FOLK GUITAR LESSONS: learn acoustic guitar, or improve your playing:" 8 one-hour lessons, Monday evenings, starting 1/27, North Room of Willard Straight Hall. Registration at first lesson. Just come, bring a guitar. Open to general public." pds10@cornell.edu
---7 pm BEGINNERS, 8 pm INTERMEDIATES. Entire course $50. Part HOURS acceptable. 844-4535

FREE DANCE LESSONS: Roger Christian & his Falcon & Doves Dance Troupe's open auditions ( experience helpful, not necessary, all ages ) at The Foundation of Light & Tiamat Studio during Jan/Feb. 277 - 0731

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* FENG SHUI ITHACA: consultations, speaking engagements, house parties, workshops. 100% HRS. 20% HF discount. Mary Stewart, CPIA 266-8088
* CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPINESS! art classes with Elisabeth Gross-Marks. 277-2419.
* FLOWER ESSENCE STUDY GROUP 1/23, Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd. 6:30-7:15PM: Group essences available to all, help for beginners and social time. 7:15-9:15pm.

"CRD22" wins gift certificate to The Bath Bar. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.
"DIANEAKO" wins gift certificate to White Lotus Home. Reply w/mailing address by 1/31.

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Thanks to Homer & Jane at Lightlink for reliable internet services.

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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