ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
May #1 2003

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

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,129 Ithaca area residents]

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FIFTEEN 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), White Lotus Home ($10), Surya Incense (pkg), The Yoga Corner (free class).
WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED AT ithacanews.org Winners reply sending their mailing address.

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THE LIBERTY SCHOOL "not for credit, for real" provides "hands-on classes that teach the skills necessary to create a sustainable society:" Renewable Energy Systems, Agroforestry, Community Land Protection, The New Civil Rights Movement, The American Revolution, & Art as a Force for Social Change. Classes August 17-22 in VanEtten, NY.

BARN BUILT IN 8 HOURS! Two-story structure completely built by 50 volunteers 5/4 at Center for Natural Living in Caroline. "We think it's a record," says Scott VanGaasbeck.

GREAT BLUE HERON ROOKERY: dozens of big birds in Enfield "sound like a bunch of kindergarteners."

* NINE MONTHS PREGNANT WALKING UP BUFFALO STREET 4/29 with two friends.
* LEAGUE OF STILTWALKERS wants you for parades, circuses. Dan Klein

STUDENT RECYCLING PROJECT LISTSERV: SRPIthaca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com "We collect discarded items from Cornell Collegetown residents when they leave town in the spring. We have a big sale in June of items collected. This year, part of sale proceeds go to Ithaca Community Radio 88.1 FM."

CASS PARK WATERFRONT DEBRIS CENSUS: 55-gallon drum; plastic bags, bottles, cups, jugs, sacks; half a wooden sign; soda cans & spray cans; lumber fragments; wrappers; the other half of the wooden sign; styrofoam stuff; tires.

CAYUGA LAKE WATERSHED NETWORK ESSAY CONTEST "WHY IS WATER SO SPECIAL?" essays: www.cayugalake.org

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GREENSTAR ELECTION RESULTS
The following candidates won 3-yr seats. Highest vote-getter was Dave Conner (452 votes), followed by Elizabeth Salon (426), Bill Carini (384), Barbara Shpack (367), Justine VanThilt (352). Receiving 2-yr term: Jeremy Youde (311). One-yr term: Tom Stern (263). Write-in candidates Cernera (114 votes), Godin (97), Meyers (51), Fine (47) were not elected this year.
---RED MEAT TO BE SOLD, BUT ONLY LOCAL ORGANIC: Red Meat #2 referendum won by 2-1 margin (454-235), to limit red meat sources to 40-mile radius. Red meat #1, permitting red meat sales, passed 378-333.
---NEXT COUNCIL MEETING 5/13, 7pm at Human Services Bldg, 320 W. State.

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS CALENDAR

CORNELL CINEMA
CINEMAPOLIS/FALL CREEK PICTURES
CORNELL CONCERT SERIES
ITHACA COLLEGE CONCERTS
ITHACA EVENTS
ITHACA MEETINGS
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
STATE THEATRE

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FEATURED EVENTS

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SPRING SALE 5/31-6/1 & 6/7-9. First day 8am-8pm, Last day 8-4, Other days 10-8. More than 115,000 books, records, games & puzzles sorted into 70 categories. 509 Esty Street. To volunteer 272-2223 info@booksale.org
---Book donations accepted Mons-Sats 9-12 & Tues 6-9pm through August. "We need volunteers."

MOTHERS' DAY PLANT WALK 5/11, 1:45pm, King Preserve in Richford. Directions at www.fllt.org or carpool from Coop Extension at 1pm, corner Willow Ave/Lincoln St.

SPRING GARDEN FAIR & PLANT SALE 5/17, 9-1pm "largest plant event in the region . No need to order from catalogs when you can buy locally & find most anything from rare specialty rock garden delights to native plants. Average last spring frost date is May 15."
---Free soil pH testing by Master Gardeners-- "bring a small sample taken from several spots, combine in a bucket & bring about half a cup for testing. Learn how to compost & learn about most any kind of garden plant from experts." Kids' activities. 272-2292.

PLANT EXCHANGE 5/18, 12-4pm, Danby Fire Station, Rte 96B. An "opportunity to swap, donate, & try new garden plants, houseplants, etc. Not necessary to bring a plant to get a plant." Dan Klein 272-7582

ITHACA HEALTH FUND ANNUAL MEETING 5/16, at Southside Community Center 7pm. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton will speak on the health insurance crisis 7:30pm. Learn about nonprofit, member-owned health financing. Meet candidates for board-- members vote for up to 6 of 9 candidates. Join/renew at $5 discount. Refreshments, prizes.
---DENTAL CLINIC EQUIPMENT NEEDS STORAGE: 3 donated chairs, xray, etc need clean dry place while we establish nonprofit clinic. Mark Sammo

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON TRANSPORTATION 5/10-21 Sponsored by The Curb Your Car Coalition "Our Common Interests: move people out of their automobiles for health & environmental benefits, promote community & connectedness, provide education, help people overcome obstacles to using alternatives modes of transportation, address safety issues, promote walkable communities."

WEST HILL CIVIC ASSOCIATION SPRING CLEAN UP 5/17 "Need block captains & volunteers. Trash bags will be provided. Come work w/yr neighbors to spruce up West Hill." To volunteer: Kris Bennett `Ray Schlather

DISCOVER BIKING at YOUR LIBRARY 5/10, 10am-3pm "Bring your bike for inspection by Recycle Ithaca Bicycles, register it w/IPD. Get bike ready for the road. 'Rediscover the Joys of Bicycling,' enjoy childrens' bicycling stories, see Sciencenter's new Segway & unicycles. See exhibits by Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, Finger Lakes Cycling Club, The Bike Rack, RIBS, & IPD."

HORA DEL CUENTO/STORYTIME IN SPANISH: El programa sera solamente en espanol y tendra lugar en el Thaler/Howell Room, La biblioteca del condado de Tompkins, 3:30-4:30pm los domingoes. Todas edades estan bienvenidas. Quien este interesado en leer: Eileen Willauer 272-4557

PLEASE DONATE TO ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS via "Roundoff" at Alternatives Federal Credit Union, throughout May. Thanks! Donations also welcome at ICN, Box 365, Ithaca 14851.

WATER BEAR PREMIERS TRUMANSBURG MUSIC as part of Music on Main Street celebration, 5/9, 7pm, Trumansburg United Methodist Church. Tickets $6/$8 HOURS accepted.

SEE SPOT GALLERY: 108 The Commons "where everyone is an artist" 5/10: 7:00pm: Juha-- Queer Palestinian Hiphop Tankini - Feminist Punk Rawk, Atomic Forces - Rock/Punk/Country, Space Dawg - Blues with a Punk Kick, Boyfunk - Limp-wristed ennui: $5, HOURS accepted.

ART AT COLLEGETOWN BAGELS
* Downtown, 201-203 N. Aurora St. --to6/30 Kevin Stearns: Finger Lakes landscapes
* East Hill Plaza -- to 6/15 John Ortiz Photographs Scenic
* CTB Appetizers Triphammer Mall -- to 6/15 David Thurlow Oil Paintings

BREAST CANCER 101, a two-session program by Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance (IBCA) to people w/ breast cancer & their partners. Topics: breast cancer diagnosis, surgery & treatment basics, coping w/ breast cancer, wellness strategies. 5/20 & 27. Register: Mary Ellen 277-0960.

ITHACA FILM FESTIVAL new webpage: ithacafilmfest.com Entry deadline now 5/15. Entry forms Festival sponsors (tax-deductible) sought sponsorship@ithacafilmfest.com

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GREENS CONSIDER ITHACA MAYORAL CANDIDATES: May 5/28, those registered as Greens vote "whether the TCGs will support a candidate for mayor." Interviews w/ Eric Lerner & Caroline Peterson: www.tcgreens.org Donations to the Party: Tompkins County Greens, Box 6646, Ithaca, NY 14851
---Green Party elects mayor in New Paltz, NY 5/6 www.innovationcampaign.org/Jason.htm

ITHACA INDEPENDENT MAYORAL & CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES collect signatures 7/8- 8/19. Mayoral needs 286 signatures, Ward One 82; Ward Two 70; Ward Three 44; Ward Four 20; Ward Five 70.

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ADVANCED REGISTRATION/TICKETS/VOLUNTEERS

KAREN CASEY (formerly of SOLAS) w/Niall & Cillian Vallely 5/22, 7:30pm, Kulp Auditorium, IHS. Proceeds to help close the School of the Americas.

ITHACA FESTIVAL 5/29-6/1 Official Souvenir Program now available.

GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL of MUSIC & ARTS 7/17-20 Advance tickets thru 7/9: $65 (ages 13-15 $$35, under 13 free). One HOUR/weekend ticket. 387-5098

"FIND THE GODDESS WITHIN YOU "Feel better about your looks, your body, menstruation, begin unfolding your soul's purpose." $42/6weeks if registered by 5/30 or $10 drop-in. HOURS accepted. Starts at Tiamat Studios 6/1. Sundays, 11-12:30pm, Goddess Yoga. Sundays, 1-2:30pm, Teen Goddess Yoga (ages 12-19) Sandy Wold 272-3814

KIDS ARE OUR BUSINESS: A BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT YOUTH SERVICES: 6/4, 7:30-8:45am. Guest speaker Dr. Steve Allen Jr., physician & humorist. "For 21 yrs Advocacy Center has served abused youth in Tompkins County. Tickets $35; table of 10 people $350. HOURS. Joanne Farbman 277-3203 x307

"SACRED CIRCLES FOR PEACE" Day Camp Retreat for Women 6/7, 10am-5pm by Michelle Berry, Reiki Master, Cayuga Nature Ctr. Vegan food, chi kung, yoga, group massage therapy class, drumming, napping, hiking, swimming, journaling, meditating. Email for discounts, trade, volunteer, sliding scale. Ithaca HOURS. Consultcourtney@aol.com

ITHACA PRIDE MARCH/PARADE/RALLY 6/14 volunteers needed: "The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer communities of Ithaca/Fingerlakes (& non-LGBT allies) are celebrating our lives & our pride. Gather at noon, march/parade 1 pm, from Washington Park to Ithaca Commons rally. Kick-off party at Common Ground the night before. 387-8474 ithacapride@mail.com

ORGANIC GARDENING COURSE at Cornell: 2 credits. "will be very hands-on. Tuition scholarships available. No experience necessary but it won't bore old hands." 6/23-8/5. mw38@cornell.edu

2003 KITCHEN THEATRE SUMMER REPERTORY SEASON 272-0403 kitchenithaca@aol.com Ithaca HOURS accepted. Three plays 7/2- 9/6: Love & Other Mishaps, A Perfect Ganesh, Lampert Variations III. HOURS accepted.

2003 HANGAR THEATRE SEASON TICKETS 1/2 HR/]ticket

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CANADA DECRIMINALIZES MARIJUANA while U.S. shuts down "head shops" & threatens to tighten border w/Canada. Ithaca stores Babakool (213 Dryden Rd) & Ithaca Hemp Co. face restrictions on hemp goods. Buy it now! HOURS accepted.

FINGER LAKES AREA METAL ENTHUSIASTS (FLAME): All levels of experience: gold ,silver, bronze, aluminum, brass, titanium,steel, large & small. Workshops, shows, networking dlhstudios@odyssey.net

SUMMER SPANISH CLASSES taught by native speakers, for conversational fluency. cuslar@cornell.edu 255-7293. Beginning - Mons & Weds, 5:30-7:00pm, Intermediate - Mons & Wed, 6:15-7:45pm.

OCULUS' NEW ALBUM, 'The Smallest Blue'

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* May 9, 1878: Clinton Bros. deliver their model Adrian Reaper (2"=1'). Its 800 parts took three months to assemble. They also perfected the miniature potato digger.
* May 10, 1930: Tompkins County RURAL MUSIC FESTIVAL brings thousands to Trumansburg. Dougherty family wins instrumental contest w/mother/son duet. Free-fer-all storytelling is real side-splitter.
* May 11, 1961: ANTI-LITTER COMMITTEE issues list of town dumps: Town of Caroline has none, Town of Dryden wants no dead animals, Town of Enfield keeps its dump location secret.
* May 12, 1901: Clark Baldwin discovers the "grass seed" he sowed has raised a lawn of LETTUCE.
* May 13, 1935: tired & footsore, Mike Twadell of Chicago enters a Floral Ave home to sleep in a comfortable bed. Family returns, wakes him, have him arrested. He is ordered back out on the road.
* May 14, 1873: FIRST POST CARD arrives at Ithaca Post Office.

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

PANCAKE BREAKFAST BENEFIT: 5/10, 8:30-11:30am, WCB, Proceeds to benefit "All Our Children", a campaign for Children's Health Initiatives in Iraq. www.churchworldservice.org or www.allourchildren.org Adult $6.00 Child $2.00 (<11 yrs) Tickets at Alternatives Library, City Health Club, Autumn Leaves Books, or at door. 277-8552

FBI RESPONDS TO ITHACA PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION: Cornell Daily Sun 5/2/03

PEACE & JUSTICE TABLING: volunteers needed at GreenStar & Ithaca Commons: Seph 277-5283

FAIR TRADE FAIR 5/17, noon-6pm, Commons. Musicians, speakers, vendors, info, ice cream. Rain place: Autumn Leaves Used Books. ITHACA FRENCHFEST BRINGS 200+ CELEBRANTS, 60 BOTTLES OF WINE to Autumn Leaves 4/30 Cornell Sun story

ITHACA PEACE SUMMIT AGREEMENT 4/26/03:
* Participants will work collectively to assure that George Bush is not re-elected president in 2004 & to support a candidate committed to an agenda of peace & justice.
* Develop a sustained long-term coalition committed to addressing issues of peace & justice.
* Summit participants will: establish a Center for Peace & Justice in Tompkins County; focus on providing local humanitarian aid; keep the reality of war & its consequences in front of us.

ART OF PEACE WORKSHOP plans posters for weekly peace vigils, plays, puppet shows, workshops for children or activists, database of activist artists. Join mailing list: tsitsi_jaji@yahoo.com

IF YOU WANT PEACE, WORK FOR JUSTICE VIGIL: Thursdays - 4:30-5:30 pm at bottom of East State.
---QUIET REVOLUTION

WALKING MEDITATION FOR PEACE: silent, slow, Saturdays 12-1 pm. Start at Pergola on Pond, Cornell Plantations. Rain or shine. khanna2@twcny.rr.com

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ITHACA 5/20,7:30pm. Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave. 257-3156.

"UN-EMBED YOUR MIND: A Critical Look at How the War was Spun," recently published by Autumn Leaves Used Books, chronicles pro-war media manipulation of Iraq Attack: $1.00

"Controlling Iraq is about oil as power, rather than oil as fuel," says Michael Klare, author of Resource Wars: "Control over the Persian Gulf translates into control over Europe, Japan, & China. It's having our hand on the spigot."

MOTHER'S DAY FOR PEACE

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YOUR LETTERS

I've wondered for months now: why does Ithaca HOURS have both .com & .org domains? How do you decide what content goes on which page?" --Robinne
---[REPLY] /www.ithacahours.com is the founder's site for outreach beyond Ithaca. www.ithacahours.org is the HOUR board of directors site for local content.
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"Thank you for your efforts in putting your newsletter together. It is a work in progress & very interesting. It seems that the issue of the ICSD Budget Concerns could use your clever expertise in evaluating the history, problems & hopeful solutions to stop the cutting in the budget & start building a strong school system again!.
---"It is the children of this community who will hopefully be thinking & making major life decisions not only for themselves but also those which will affect the world at hand. How can they make it in this difficult world without the best education possible, especially w/ Cornell & Ithaca College sitting above them? The citizens in this community continually hear how bad times are & how they will be getting worse financially over at least the next three years. We are told to expect cuts every year with taxes continually being raised. What is wrong with this picture? Taxpayers are seeing no pay raises, only fears of job cuts, retirement monies disappearing & the students are seeing basic core academic classes cut, sports cut, librarians cut, & ESL specialists cut, to name a few.
---"It would be a great service to the future of our city if you could look at this issue. Look at the School Board & how it works. Look at the ICSD budget & perhaps see how the cutting can be stopped."-- pp
---[REPLY] Community-based learning needs systematically to replace costly bureaucratic schooling. Transferring curricula from state-approved corporate skills to community management skills & ending tracking is fundamental fiscal reform. The District could fund programs w/out raising taxes by relying on local scrip like Ithaca HOURS. Pilot scrip grants to ICSD, City & County are legal. ---See also Why Wait! a new local group.
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"So good to keep up on news in your neck of the woods! I am planning to move back after a 5 year hiatus from Ithaca to reconnect with family & friends, & am looking to house sit for the months of Aug-Dec or any portion of that time. If you are looking for a responsible, caring, honest, non-smoker w/ excellent references while you are away:" nuthatch@earthlink.net --Shauna
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"I hope some folks from the Peace & Justice community can be at Barnes & Noble on May 17 at 1pm for a signing of my two novels. Ithaca B&N is so far the only B&N store willing to allow an event for my prize winning novels of nonviolence (OMNI Peace Hope International Writing Award). Both books are coming-of-age novels of young men who evade induction into the military because of their refusal to kill. B&N distribution acceptance criteria claims that the books do not 'meet the competition currently available for sale in this category.' Books praising military heroes are commonplace. Books about young heroes of nonviolence are quite rare. Perhaps the people of Ithaca will respond." --Jack Gilroy
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"I'm very glad I got on your list! It's refreshing & encouraging." --Jennifer Seymour
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"Enough to say that in Ithaca there is a broad variety of opinions about the war against Iraq. Consider the comparative size of Baghdad & Basrah vs Ithaca. And consider their actual personal experiences of the war. Millions of people, a BROAD variety of opinions. [Ithaca Community News] seems no longer so much a newsletter as a political forum about the war against Iraq." --PWolfson
---[REPLY] There are undoubtedly people in every city & nation representing more than every conceivable attitude toward any given war. No doubt there are many people in Iraq glad to see U.S. troops in their streets. No doubt there are many terrorized & angered by same.
---ICN is indeed an antiwar voice, which includes letters from people who favor the war. The Ithaca Journal is an equivalent Associated Press voice for war, printing letters from opponents.
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"It was really wonderful to read about the strawbale construction party. this is the kind of thing that you wish made the front page of the IthacaJournal instead of war news. I have worked on many community construction projects, & though I missed this one, it warmed my heart to hear of it. Thank you for the report. It was also great to hear about the geothermal drilling for the Museum of the Earth. Imagine the reduced tax burden if state buildings used the same concept." --brian deyoung
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"I facilitate a class at Ithaca High School called Circle of Recovery. This class meets once a week & any male student is welcome to participate. We started with three students, & three years later we have thirty students. At the end of the school year we take students on a field trip. In order to do this, we need to raise money. Our goal is to raise $2040, which will cover the cost of a bus & three chaperones.
---"Some of these young men have never been on a vacation or out of Tompkins County. As we all know, it takes a village to raise a child. Your donation will help make these young men experience one day of happiness, fun & learning. Please forward your tax deductible donation to: Ithaca Community Recovery, 520 W. Seneca St. Ithaca 14850. Specify the Circle of Recovery High School Class.
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"My op-ed 'On Democracy' is at www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_22-4-2003_pg3_3 --Asma Barlas
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"Ithaca is 'America's Most Embarassing City.' This [Iraq] war was not an illegal invasion. I would like to ask Mr. Glover & others who organized the French fest: Would you ever consider throwing a festival celebrating the greatnesss that is America? Probably not!" --Jamie Weinstein
---[REPLY] The invasion of Iraq is illegal under international law, particularly the Nuremberg Principles, established by the United States itself as a basis for punishing Nazis. They were not executed for extermination camps, terrible enough, but for waging "aggressive war:" attacking other nations without being first attacked.
---There has been no significant connection proved between Iraq and Al-Qaeda, which were hostile to one another. Saudi Arabia supplied most of the 9/11 attackers.
---Neither U.N. nor U.S. forces found WMD, the main pretext for this war. Iraq 2003 was depleted militarily, no longer a threat to any neighbor.
---Bush's motive for this war is liberation of Iraq's oil (Exxon War Profits; Iraq Oil Ministry now controlled by a former Shell executive), not for liberation of Iraqis. The U.S. made Saddam strong, with 771 arms sales 1982-1990, even while he was gassing Kurds.
---When you rely on corporate media (NBC, CBS, ABC are significantly owned by oil companies), you see primarily images of Iraqis embracing G.I.s. & less often see demonstrations against the U.S. occupation, bloodied children, or shooting of demonstrators. Iraqis would vote, unfortunately, for a theocratic government, but U.S. has decided what kind of democracy Iraq will have.
--- Celebrating America requires more than reflex flag-waving. I've celebrated my patriotism daily for the past 37 years, as a community organizer.
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"Perhaps everyone already knows this website, but it is a great one to share. Almost everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. military, but were afraid to ask. --Allen Lambert
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"Could you tell me if & when Milliken Station is up for re-licensing?" --Tim Twoguns
---{REPLY] Nuclear power plants are re-licensed. Milliken (AES Cayuga) is coal-fired, so gets permits renewed by DEC for air, water, ash, pH, turbidity, etc. Call Jeff Kopp & Dan Hill 533-7913.
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"May I get my name added to your newsletter? It's a fun read & a real community service." --Andrea
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"Hi I am a low-income senior who wants to move to Tompkins County. Someone at [GreenStar] suggested that I request the Ithaca Community News by e-mail. Please put me on your list. If you have any suggestions about how I can locate my $300-$400 studio/one bedroom/tree-house/cave in Ithaca (dream on) or as close as possible, please contact me 587-9736." --Sylvia Sklar
---[REPLY] Welcome to Ithaca! Requests of this kind go to www.ithacanews.org/classifieds.html
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"Freedom of speech is one of our most basic and sacred rights. It's one of the reasons we sent troops to Iraq to liberate its citizens so they can enjoy freedoms like free speech.
---"However, here in the USA, people are being punished for exercising their freedom of speech. For example, thereุ๙s been a huge controversy over the Dixie Chicks who publicly stated their objections to President Bush's decision to go to war. And, after exercising their freedom of speech, I listened as country radio announcers began punishing the Dixie Chicks for expressing their opinion by calling for a ban of their music on the airwaves and a boycott by their fans. Sales of their music have dropped significantly.
---"So I'm asking, do you believe in freedom of speech or not? Because if you do, then you can not support a war for freedom while you punish US citizens for exercising their freedom. That punishment makes a mockery of what our troops are trying to accomplish.
---"I encourage you to counteract those who are punishing others for exercising their freedom. Buy a Dixie Chicks CD for yourself or as a gift. Support our country's freedom of speech, right here at home.
---"Proud to be a freeze dried hippie from Newfield." --Carol Mallison
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"I don't have the time to look carefully into each [Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange] element, but the general [scheme] looks good, & particularly at this problematic & undemocratic time. Investing in the community should be it's own reward, & your illustrations indicate that reward can be quite handsome. It's hard, though, to see how retired people without pensions might invest a portion of their retirement savings in WISE, when the actuarial situation demands the use of the full amount of those savings + 6%/yr. Older people can work, but generally cannot perform hard labor. And yet there would be real satisfaction in helping to launch WISE. The answers may be at hand in the information you've provided, but I've not been successful in the attempt to open my eyes." --Martha
---[REPLY] The WISE proposal emphasizes that there are several kinds of capital to be invested, including direct labor (as suits personal capabilities), time, & tools. So older folks gain equity as grandparents & mentors, among other things. For example, were we to develop nonprofit elderhousing which integrated young families & single moms/pops, then the help of experienced childraisers would have obvious value.
---Older folks can be organized via LETS systems, computer credit hours which measure volunteer efforts. LETS lists dramatize the variety of elder skills. There are many seniors in our area with lots of money. We'd seek to inspire them to put some of their wealth into direct community benefit. More fun than common coupon clipping.
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" Could you please put a blurb in the next COMMUNITY NEWS about the School Board Elections. They are May 20th & Roger Richardson, Wilma Martin & Deborah O'Conner are the best choices (NOT Alan Lambert)." --Roberta Wallitt
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"I wish to follow-up on a letter from reader Rachel [ICN April #2]. In addition to the usual mass-media stories, alternate perspectives are often needed to get a full picture of current events. This can be found in many places on the internet, as Rachel noted. Here are some additional sources of information on Iraq:
---The Red Cross-- For daily reports on civilian casualties & relief efforts.
---"The 'other' CNN -- Though clearly biased, coverage provided by Al-Jazeerah is a necessary counterpoint to Middle East 'coverage' by self-censoring mass media.
---"Voices In The Wilderness-- This group has a long history of support for the people of Iraq, opposition to sanctions & war. Provides activism resources & briefings.
---"An finally: The Iraq-O-Meter-- While I hesitate to recommend this darkly ironic site, it provides some numbers which the U.S. Media tend to ignore." --Sylvestre Marlaud
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"Would like to be added to your list. Also could you send me the last edition?" --Marion
---[REPLY] All back issues are archived at www.ithacanews.org

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CITY SEEKS MEMBERS FOR BOARDS/COMMISSIONS: Affirmative Action Committee; Board of Fire Commissioners; Cable Commission; Commons Advisory Board; Community Police Board; Conservation Advisory Council; Design Review Board; Disability Advisory Council; Examining Board of Electricians; Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission; Natural Areas Commission; Parks Commission; Shade Tree Advisory Committee; Youth Bureau Board. Call City Clerk 274-6570 for application or www.cityofithaca.org click "Boards & Committees."

ITHACA BREAST CANCER ALLIANCE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS for Plants for Life Sale 9/13, 11am-3pm. Contact plantsforlife@hotmail.com "Sale benefits IBCA. 277-0960.

LIVING WITH INTENTION: TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE WITH FENG SHUI: 5/18, 2-5pm, $48. HOURS accepted. same location FengShuiIthaca@aol.com

FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF OLDER RELATIVES: free seminars: 5/14: Aging Basics for Caregivers, 5/21: Involving the Family in Caregiving, 5/28: Caring for Caregiver, 6/4: Options & Resources for Caregivers. Lisa Kendall 277-8081 lkendall@fcsith.org

BOOKS THROUGH BARS provides donated books to local prisoners

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PATCHWORK THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER needs volunteers to help with lessons & chores nightly or mornings. Many shifts open. Children must be 12 years old. 898-3808, patchwork2@hotmail.com

ITHACA INTEGRATED COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER: http://www.IthacaWellness.com

PREGNANCY SUPPORT CLASSES by Cat Berry, $20-$40 one class, $35-$70 two classes, $50-$100 three classes at Catalyst Touch, 122 W. Court, Suite 109. $20 deposit to 204 Utica St. HOURS accepted. 589-7231

JOB OPENING: Assst Mgr at Ten Thousand Villages promoting Fair Trade: weekends, workw/ volunteers, sell products made by artisans in developing countries. Pat villages_ithaca@juno.com

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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
May #1 2003

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

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,129 Ithaca area residents]

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FIFTEEN 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), White Lotus Home ($10), Surya Incense (pkg), The Yoga Corner (free class).
WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED AT ithacanews.org Winners reply sending their mailing address.

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THE LIBERTY SCHOOL "not for credit, for real" provides "hands-on classes that teach the skills necessary to create a sustainable society:" Renewable Energy Systems, Agroforestry, Community Land Protection, The New Civil Rights Movement, The American Revolution, & Art as a Force for Social Change. Classes August 17-22 in VanEtten, NY.

BARN BUILT IN 8 HOURS! Two-story structure completely built by 50 volunteers 5/4 at Center for Natural Living in Caroline. "We think it's a record," says Scott VanGaasbeck.

GREAT BLUE HERON ROOKERY: dozens of big birds in Enfield "sound like a bunch of kindergarteners."

* NINE MONTHS PREGNANT WALKING UP BUFFALO STREET 4/29 with two friends.
* LEAGUE OF STILTWALKERS wants you for parades, circuses. Dan Klein

STUDENT RECYCLING PROJECT LISTSERV: SRPIthaca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com "We collect discarded items from Cornell Collegetown residents when they leave town in the spring. We have a big sale in June of items collected. This year, part of sale proceeds go to Ithaca Community Radio 88.1 FM."

CASS PARK WATERFRONT DEBRIS CENSUS: 55-gallon drum; plastic bags, bottles, cups, jugs, sacks; half a wooden sign; soda cans & spray cans; lumber fragments; wrappers; the other half of the wooden sign; styrofoam stuff; tires.

CAYUGA LAKE WATERSHED NETWORK ESSAY CONTEST "WHY IS WATER SO SPECIAL?" essays: www.cayugalake.org

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GREENSTAR ELECTION RESULTS
The following candidates won 3-yr seats. Highest vote-getter was Dave Conner (452 votes), followed by Elizabeth Salon (426), Bill Carini (384), Barbara Shpack (367), Justine VanThilt (352). Receiving 2-yr term: Jeremy Youde (311). One-yr term: Tom Stern (263). Write-in candidates Cernera (114 votes), Godin (97), Meyers (51), Fine (47) were not elected this year.
---RED MEAT TO BE SOLD, BUT ONLY LOCAL ORGANIC: Red Meat #2 referendum won by 2-1 margin (454-235), to limit red meat sources to 40-mile radius. Red meat #1, permitting red meat sales, passed 378-333.
---NEXT COUNCIL MEETING 5/13, 7pm at Human Services Bldg, 320 W. State.

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS CALENDAR

CORNELL CINEMA
CINEMAPOLIS/FALL CREEK PICTURES
CORNELL CONCERT SERIES
ITHACA COLLEGE CONCERTS
ITHACA EVENTS
ITHACA MEETINGS
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
STATE THEATRE

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FEATURED EVENTS

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SPRING SALE 5/31-6/1 & 6/7-9. First day 8am-8pm, Last day 8-4, Other days 10-8. More than 115,000 books, records, games & puzzles sorted into 70 categories. 509 Esty Street. To volunteer 272-2223 info@booksale.org
---Book donations accepted Mons-Sats 9-12 & Tues 6-9pm through August. "We need volunteers."

MOTHERS' DAY PLANT WALK 5/11, 1:45pm, King Preserve in Richford. Directions at www.fllt.org or carpool from Coop Extension at 1pm, corner Willow Ave/Lincoln St.

SPRING GARDEN FAIR & PLANT SALE 5/17, 9-1pm "largest plant event in the region . No need to order from catalogs when you can buy locally & find most anything from rare specialty rock garden delights to native plants. Average last spring frost date is May 15."
---Free soil pH testing by Master Gardeners-- "bring a small sample taken from several spots, combine in a bucket & bring about half a cup for testing. Learn how to compost & learn about most any kind of garden plant from experts." Kids' activities. 272-2292.

PLANT EXCHANGE 5/18, 12-4pm, Danby Fire Station, Rte 96B. An "opportunity to swap, donate, & try new garden plants, houseplants, etc. Not necessary to bring a plant to get a plant." Dan Klein 272-7582

ITHACA HEALTH FUND ANNUAL MEETING 5/16, at Southside Community Center 7pm. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton will speak on the health insurance crisis 7:30pm. Learn about nonprofit, member-owned health financing. Meet candidates for board-- members vote for up to 6 of 9 candidates. Join/renew at $5 discount. Refreshments, prizes.
---DENTAL CLINIC EQUIPMENT NEEDS STORAGE: 3 donated chairs, xray, etc need clean dry place while we establish nonprofit clinic. Mark Sammo

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON TRANSPORTATION 5/10-21 Sponsored by The Curb Your Car Coalition "Our Common Interests: move people out of their automobiles for health & environmental benefits, promote community & connectedness, provide education, help people overcome obstacles to using alternatives modes of transportation, address safety issues, promote walkable communities."

WEST HILL CIVIC ASSOCIATION SPRING CLEAN UP 5/17 "Need block captains & volunteers. Trash bags will be provided. Come work w/yr neighbors to spruce up West Hill." To volunteer: Kris Bennett `Ray Schlather

DISCOVER BIKING at YOUR LIBRARY 5/10, 10am-3pm "Bring your bike for inspection by Recycle Ithaca Bicycles, register it w/IPD. Get bike ready for the road. 'Rediscover the Joys of Bicycling,' enjoy childrens' bicycling stories, see Sciencenter's new Segway & unicycles. See exhibits by Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, Finger Lakes Cycling Club, The Bike Rack, RIBS, & IPD."

HORA DEL CUENTO/STORYTIME IN SPANISH: El programa sera solamente en espanol y tendra lugar en el Thaler/Howell Room, La biblioteca del condado de Tompkins, 3:30-4:30pm los domingoes. Todas edades estan bienvenidas. Quien este interesado en leer: Eileen Willauer 272-4557

PLEASE DONATE TO ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS via "Roundoff" at Alternatives Federal Credit Union, throughout May. Thanks! Donations also welcome at ICN, Box 365, Ithaca 14851.

WATER BEAR PREMIERS TRUMANSBURG MUSIC as part of Music on Main Street celebration, 5/9, 7pm, Trumansburg United Methodist Church. Tickets $6/$8 HOURS accepted.

SEE SPOT GALLERY: 108 The Commons "where everyone is an artist" 5/10: 7:00pm: Juha-- Queer Palestinian Hiphop Tankini - Feminist Punk Rawk, Atomic Forces - Rock/Punk/Country, Space Dawg - Blues with a Punk Kick, Boyfunk - Limp-wristed ennui: $5, HOURS accepted.

ART AT COLLEGETOWN BAGELS
* Downtown, 201-203 N. Aurora St. --to6/30 Kevin Stearns: Finger Lakes landscapes
* East Hill Plaza -- to 6/15 John Ortiz Photographs Scenic
* CTB Appetizers Triphammer Mall -- to 6/15 David Thurlow Oil Paintings

BREAST CANCER 101, a two-session program by Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance (IBCA) to people w/ breast cancer & their partners. Topics: breast cancer diagnosis, surgery & treatment basics, coping w/ breast cancer, wellness strategies. 5/20 & 27. Register: Mary Ellen 277-0960.

ITHACA FILM FESTIVAL new webpage: ithacafilmfest.com Entry deadline now 5/15. Entry forms Festival sponsors (tax-deductible) sought sponsorship@ithacafilmfest.com

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GREENS CONSIDER ITHACA MAYORAL CANDIDATES: May 5/28, those registered as Greens vote "whether the TCGs will support a candidate for mayor." Interviews w/ Eric Lerner & Caroline Peterson: www.tcgreens.org Donations to the Party: Tompkins County Greens, Box 6646, Ithaca, NY 14851
---Green Party elects mayor in New Paltz, NY 5/6 www.innovationcampaign.org/Jason.htm

ITHACA INDEPENDENT MAYORAL & CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES collect signatures 7/8- 8/19. Mayoral needs 286 signatures, Ward One 82; Ward Two 70; Ward Three 44; Ward Four 20; Ward Five 70.

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ADVANCED REGISTRATION/TICKETS/VOLUNTEERS

KAREN CASEY (formerly of SOLAS) w/Niall & Cillian Vallely 5/22, 7:30pm, Kulp Auditorium, IHS. Proceeds to help close the School of the Americas.

ITHACA FESTIVAL 5/29-6/1 Official Souvenir Program now available.

GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL of MUSIC & ARTS 7/17-20 Advance tickets thru 7/9: $65 (ages 13-15 $$35, under 13 free). One HOUR/weekend ticket. 387-5098

"FIND THE GODDESS WITHIN YOU "Feel better about your looks, your body, menstruation, begin unfolding your soul's purpose." $42/6weeks if registered by 5/30 or $10 drop-in. HOURS accepted. Starts at Tiamat Studios 6/1. Sundays, 11-12:30pm, Goddess Yoga. Sundays, 1-2:30pm, Teen Goddess Yoga (ages 12-19) Sandy Wold 272-3814

KIDS ARE OUR BUSINESS: A BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT YOUTH SERVICES: 6/4, 7:30-8:45am. Guest speaker Dr. Steve Allen Jr., physician & humorist. "For 21 yrs Advocacy Center has served abused youth in Tompkins County. Tickets $35; table of 10 people $350. HOURS. Joanne Farbman 277-3203 x307

"SACRED CIRCLES FOR PEACE" Day Camp Retreat for Women 6/7, 10am-5pm by Michelle Berry, Reiki Master, Cayuga Nature Ctr. Vegan food, chi kung, yoga, group massage therapy class, drumming, napping, hiking, swimming, journaling, meditating. Email for discounts, trade, volunteer, sliding scale. Ithaca HOURS. Consultcourtney@aol.com

ITHACA PRIDE MARCH/PARADE/RALLY 6/14 volunteers needed: "The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer communities of Ithaca/Fingerlakes (& non-LGBT allies) are celebrating our lives & our pride. Gather at noon, march/parade 1 pm, from Washington Park to Ithaca Commons rally. Kick-off party at Common Ground the night before. 387-8474 ithacapride@mail.com

ORGANIC GARDENING COURSE at Cornell: 2 credits. "will be very hands-on. Tuition scholarships available. No experience necessary but it won't bore old hands." 6/23-8/5. mw38@cornell.edu

2003 KITCHEN THEATRE SUMMER REPERTORY SEASON 272-0403 kitchenithaca@aol.com Ithaca HOURS accepted. Three plays 7/2- 9/6: Love & Other Mishaps, A Perfect Ganesh, Lampert Variations III. HOURS accepted.

2003 HANGAR THEATRE SEASON TICKETS 1/2 HR/]ticket

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CANADA DECRIMINALIZES MARIJUANA while U.S. shuts down "head shops" & threatens to tighten border w/Canada. Ithaca stores Babakool (213 Dryden Rd) & Ithaca Hemp Co. face restrictions on hemp goods. Buy it now! HOURS accepted.

FINGER LAKES AREA METAL ENTHUSIASTS (FLAME): All levels of experience: gold ,silver, bronze, aluminum, brass, titanium,steel, large & small. Workshops, shows, networking dlhstudios@odyssey.net

SUMMER SPANISH CLASSES taught by native speakers, for conversational fluency. cuslar@cornell.edu 255-7293. Beginning - Mons & Weds, 5:30-7:00pm, Intermediate - Mons & Wed, 6:15-7:45pm.

OCULUS' NEW ALBUM, 'The Smallest Blue'

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* May 9, 1878: Clinton Bros. deliver their model Adrian Reaper (2"=1'). Its 800 parts took three months to assemble. They also perfected the miniature potato digger.
* May 10, 1930: Tompkins County RURAL MUSIC FESTIVAL brings thousands to Trumansburg. Dougherty family wins instrumental contest w/mother/son duet. Free-fer-all storytelling is real side-splitter.
* May 11, 1961: ANTI-LITTER COMMITTEE issues list of town dumps: Town of Caroline has none, Town of Dryden wants no dead animals, Town of Enfield keeps its dump location secret.
* May 12, 1901: Clark Baldwin discovers the "grass seed" he sowed has raised a lawn of LETTUCE.
* May 13, 1935: tired & footsore, Mike Twadell of Chicago enters a Floral Ave home to sleep in a comfortable bed. Family returns, wakes him, have him arrested. He is ordered back out on the road.
* May 14, 1873: FIRST POST CARD arrives at Ithaca Post Office.

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

PANCAKE BREAKFAST BENEFIT: 5/10, 8:30-11:30am, WCB, Proceeds to benefit "All Our Children", a campaign for Children's Health Initiatives in Iraq. www.churchworldservice.org or www.allourchildren.org Adult $6.00 Child $2.00 (<11 yrs) Tickets at Alternatives Library, City Health Club, Autumn Leaves Books, or at door. 277-8552

FBI RESPONDS TO ITHACA PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION: Cornell Daily Sun 5/2/03

PEACE & JUSTICE TABLING: volunteers needed at GreenStar & Ithaca Commons: Seph 277-5283

FAIR TRADE FAIR 5/17, noon-6pm, Commons. Musicians, speakers, vendors, info, ice cream. Rain place: Autumn Leaves Used Books. ITHACA FRENCHFEST BRINGS 200+ CELEBRANTS, 60 BOTTLES OF WINE to Autumn Leaves 4/30 Cornell Sun story

ITHACA PEACE SUMMIT AGREEMENT 4/26/03:
* Participants will work collectively to assure that George Bush is not re-elected president in 2004 & to support a candidate committed to an agenda of peace & justice.
* Develop a sustained long-term coalition committed to addressing issues of peace & justice.
* Summit participants will: establish a Center for Peace & Justice in Tompkins County; focus on providing local humanitarian aid; keep the reality of war & its consequences in front of us.

ART OF PEACE WORKSHOP plans posters for weekly peace vigils, plays, puppet shows, workshops for children or activists, database of activist artists. Join mailing list: tsitsi_jaji@yahoo.com

IF YOU WANT PEACE, WORK FOR JUSTICE VIGIL: Thursdays - 4:30-5:30 pm at bottom of East State.
---QUIET REVOLUTION

WALKING MEDITATION FOR PEACE: silent, slow, Saturdays 12-1 pm. Start at Pergola on Pond, Cornell Plantations. Rain or shine. khanna2@twcny.rr.com

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ITHACA 5/20,7:30pm. Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave. 257-3156.

"UN-EMBED YOUR MIND: A Critical Look at How the War was Spun," recently published by Autumn Leaves Used Books, chronicles pro-war media manipulation of Iraq Attack: $1.00

"Controlling Iraq is about oil as power, rather than oil as fuel," says Michael Klare, author of Resource Wars: "Control over the Persian Gulf translates into control over Europe, Japan, & China. It's having our hand on the spigot."

MOTHER'S DAY FOR PEACE

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YOUR LETTERS

I've wondered for months now: why does Ithaca HOURS have both .com & .org domains? How do you decide what content goes on which page?" --Robinne
---[REPLY] /www.ithacahours.com is the founder's site for outreach beyond Ithaca. www.ithacahours.org is the HOUR board of directors site for local content.
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"Thank you for your efforts in putting your newsletter together. It is a work in progress & very interesting. It seems that the issue of the ICSD Budget Concerns could use your clever expertise in evaluating the history, problems & hopeful solutions to stop the cutting in the budget & start building a strong school system again!.
---"It is the children of this community who will hopefully be thinking & making major life decisions not only for themselves but also those which will affect the world at hand. How can they make it in this difficult world without the best education possible, especially w/ Cornell & Ithaca College sitting above them? The citizens in this community continually hear how bad times are & how they will be getting worse financially over at least the next three years. We are told to expect cuts every year with taxes continually being raised. What is wrong with this picture? Taxpayers are seeing no pay raises, only fears of job cuts, retirement monies disappearing & the students are seeing basic core academic classes cut, sports cut, librarians cut, & ESL specialists cut, to name a few.
---"It would be a great service to the future of our city if you could look at this issue. Look at the School Board & how it works. Look at the ICSD budget & perhaps see how the cutting can be stopped."-- pp
---[REPLY] Community-based learning needs systematically to replace costly bureaucratic schooling. Transferring curricula from state-approved corporate skills to community management skills & ending tracking is fundamental fiscal reform. The District could fund programs w/out raising taxes by relying on local scrip like Ithaca HOURS. Pilot scrip grants to ICSD, City & County are legal. ---See also Why Wait! a new local group.
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"So good to keep up on news in your neck of the woods! I am planning to move back after a 5 year hiatus from Ithaca to reconnect with family & friends, & am looking to house sit for the months of Aug-Dec or any portion of that time. If you are looking for a responsible, caring, honest, non-smoker w/ excellent references while you are away:" nuthatch@earthlink.net --Shauna
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"I hope some folks from the Peace & Justice community can be at Barnes & Noble on May 17 at 1pm for a signing of my two novels. Ithaca B&N is so far the only B&N store willing to allow an event for my prize winning novels of nonviolence (OMNI Peace Hope International Writing Award). Both books are coming-of-age novels of young men who evade induction into the military because of their refusal to kill. B&N distribution acceptance criteria claims that the books do not 'meet the competition currently available for sale in this category.' Books praising military heroes are commonplace. Books about young heroes of nonviolence are quite rare. Perhaps the people of Ithaca will respond." --Jack Gilroy
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"I'm very glad I got on your list! It's refreshing & encouraging." --Jennifer Seymour
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"Enough to say that in Ithaca there is a broad variety of opinions about the war against Iraq. Consider the comparative size of Baghdad & Basrah vs Ithaca. And consider their actual personal experiences of the war. Millions of people, a BROAD variety of opinions. [Ithaca Community News] seems no longer so much a newsletter as a political forum about the war against Iraq." --PWolfson
---[REPLY] There are undoubtedly people in every city & nation representing more than every conceivable attitude toward any given war. No doubt there are many people in Iraq glad to see U.S. troops in their streets. No doubt there are many terrorized & angered by same.
---ICN is indeed an antiwar voice, which includes letters from people who favor the war. The Ithaca Journal is an equivalent Associated Press voice for war, printing letters from opponents.
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"It was really wonderful to read about the strawbale construction party. this is the kind of thing that you wish made the front page of the IthacaJournal instead of war news. I have worked on many community construction projects, & though I missed this one, it warmed my heart to hear of it. Thank you for the report. It was also great to hear about the geothermal drilling for the Museum of the Earth. Imagine the reduced tax burden if state buildings used the same concept." --brian deyoung
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"I facilitate a class at Ithaca High School called Circle of Recovery. This class meets once a week & any male student is welcome to participate. We started with three students, & three years later we have thirty students. At the end of the school year we take students on a field trip. In order to do this, we need to raise money. Our goal is to raise $2040, which will cover the cost of a bus & three chaperones.
---"Some of these young men have never been on a vacation or out of Tompkins County. As we all know, it takes a village to raise a child. Your donation will help make these young men experience one day of happiness, fun & learning. Please forward your tax deductible donation to: Ithaca Community Recovery, 520 W. Seneca St. Ithaca 14850. Specify the Circle of Recovery High School Class.
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"My op-ed 'On Democracy' is at www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_22-4-2003_pg3_3 --Asma Barlas
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"Ithaca is 'America's Most Embarassing City.' This [Iraq] war was not an illegal invasion. I would like to ask Mr. Glover & others who organized the French fest: Would you ever consider throwing a festival celebrating the greatnesss that is America? Probably not!" --Jamie Weinstein
---[REPLY] The invasion of Iraq is illegal under international law, particularly the Nuremberg Principles, established by the United States itself as a basis for punishing Nazis. They were not executed for extermination camps, terrible enough, but for waging "aggressive war:" attacking other nations without being first attacked.
---There has been no significant connection proved between Iraq and Al-Qaeda, which were hostile to one another. Saudi Arabia supplied most of the 9/11 attackers.
---Neither U.N. nor U.S. forces found WMD, the main pretext for this war. Iraq 2003 was depleted militarily, no longer a threat to any neighbor.
---Bush's motive for this war is liberation of Iraq's oil (Exxon War Profits; Iraq Oil Ministry now controlled by a former Shell executive), not for liberation of Iraqis. The U.S. made Saddam strong, with 771 arms sales 1982-1990, even while he was gassing Kurds.
---When you rely on corporate media (NBC, CBS, ABC are significantly owned by oil companies), you see primarily images of Iraqis embracing G.I.s. & less often see demonstrations against the U.S. occupation, bloodied children, or shooting of demonstrators. Iraqis would vote, unfortunately, for a theocratic government, but U.S. has decided what kind of democracy Iraq will have.
--- Celebrating America requires more than reflex flag-waving. I've celebrated my patriotism daily for the past 37 years, as a community organizer.
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"Perhaps everyone already knows this website, but it is a great one to share. Almost everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. military, but were afraid to ask. --Allen Lambert
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"Could you tell me if & when Milliken Station is up for re-licensing?" --Tim Twoguns
---{REPLY] Nuclear power plants are re-licensed. Milliken (AES Cayuga) is coal-fired, so gets permits renewed by DEC for air, water, ash, pH, turbidity, etc. Call Jeff Kopp & Dan Hill 533-7913.
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"May I get my name added to your newsletter? It's a fun read & a real community service." --Andrea
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"Hi I am a low-income senior who wants to move to Tompkins County. Someone at [GreenStar] suggested that I request the Ithaca Community News by e-mail. Please put me on your list. If you have any suggestions about how I can locate my $300-$400 studio/one bedroom/tree-house/cave in Ithaca (dream on) or as close as possible, please contact me 587-9736." --Sylvia Sklar
---[REPLY] Welcome to Ithaca! Requests of this kind go to www.ithacanews.org/classifieds.html
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"Freedom of speech is one of our most basic and sacred rights. It's one of the reasons we sent troops to Iraq to liberate its citizens so they can enjoy freedoms like free speech.
---"However, here in the USA, people are being punished for exercising their freedom of speech. For example, thereุ๙s been a huge controversy over the Dixie Chicks who publicly stated their objections to President Bush's decision to go to war. And, after exercising their freedom of speech, I listened as country radio announcers began punishing the Dixie Chicks for expressing their opinion by calling for a ban of their music on the airwaves and a boycott by their fans. Sales of their music have dropped significantly.
---"So I'm asking, do you believe in freedom of speech or not? Because if you do, then you can not support a war for freedom while you punish US citizens for exercising their freedom. That punishment makes a mockery of what our troops are trying to accomplish.
---"I encourage you to counteract those who are punishing others for exercising their freedom. Buy a Dixie Chicks CD for yourself or as a gift. Support our country's freedom of speech, right here at home.
---"Proud to be a freeze dried hippie from Newfield." --Carol Mallison
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"I don't have the time to look carefully into each [Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange] element, but the general [scheme] looks good, & particularly at this problematic & undemocratic time. Investing in the community should be it's own reward, & your illustrations indicate that reward can be quite handsome. It's hard, though, to see how retired people without pensions might invest a portion of their retirement savings in WISE, when the actuarial situation demands the use of the full amount of those savings + 6%/yr. Older people can work, but generally cannot perform hard labor. And yet there would be real satisfaction in helping to launch WISE. The answers may be at hand in the information you've provided, but I've not been successful in the attempt to open my eyes." --Martha
---[REPLY] The WISE proposal emphasizes that there are several kinds of capital to be invested, including direct labor (as suits personal capabilities), time, & tools. So older folks gain equity as grandparents & mentors, among other things. For example, were we to develop nonprofit elderhousing which integrated young families & single moms/pops, then the help of experienced childraisers would have obvious value.
---Older folks can be organized via LETS systems, computer credit hours which measure volunteer efforts. LETS lists dramatize the variety of elder skills. There are many seniors in our area with lots of money. We'd seek to inspire them to put some of their wealth into direct community benefit. More fun than common coupon clipping.
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" Could you please put a blurb in the next COMMUNITY NEWS about the School Board Elections. They are May 20th & Roger Richardson, Wilma Martin & Deborah O'Conner are the best choices (NOT Alan Lambert)." --Roberta Wallitt
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"I wish to follow-up on a letter from reader Rachel [ICN April #2]. In addition to the usual mass-media stories, alternate perspectives are often needed to get a full picture of current events. This can be found in many places on the internet, as Rachel noted. Here are some additional sources of information on Iraq:
---The Red Cross-- For daily reports on civilian casualties & relief efforts.
---"The 'other' CNN -- Though clearly biased, coverage provided by Al-Jazeerah is a necessary counterpoint to Middle East 'coverage' by self-censoring mass media.
---"Voices In The Wilderness-- This group has a long history of support for the people of Iraq, opposition to sanctions & war. Provides activism resources & briefings.
---"An finally: The Iraq-O-Meter-- While I hesitate to recommend this darkly ironic site, it provides some numbers which the U.S. Media tend to ignore." --Sylvestre Marlaud
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"Would like to be added to your list. Also could you send me the last edition?" --Marion
---[REPLY] All back issues are archived at www.ithacanews.org

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CITY SEEKS MEMBERS FOR BOARDS/COMMISSIONS: Affirmative Action Committee; Board of Fire Commissioners; Cable Commission; Commons Advisory Board; Community Police Board; Conservation Advisory Council; Design Review Board; Disability Advisory Council; Examining Board of Electricians; Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission; Natural Areas Commission; Parks Commission; Shade Tree Advisory Committee; Youth Bureau Board. Call City Clerk 274-6570 for application or www.cityofithaca.org click "Boards & Committees."

ITHACA BREAST CANCER ALLIANCE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS for Plants for Life Sale 9/13, 11am-3pm. Contact plantsforlife@hotmail.com "Sale benefits IBCA. 277-0960.

LIVING WITH INTENTION: TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE WITH FENG SHUI: 5/18, 2-5pm, $48. HOURS accepted. same location FengShuiIthaca@aol.com

FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF OLDER RELATIVES: free seminars: 5/14: Aging Basics for Caregivers, 5/21: Involving the Family in Caregiving, 5/28: Caring for Caregiver, 6/4: Options & Resources for Caregivers. Lisa Kendall 277-8081 lkendall@fcsith.org

BOOKS THROUGH BARS provides donated books to local prisoners

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PATCHWORK THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER needs volunteers to help with lessons & chores nightly or mornings. Many shifts open. Children must be 12 years old. 898-3808, patchwork2@hotmail.com

ITHACA INTEGRATED COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER: http://www.IthacaWellness.com

PREGNANCY SUPPORT CLASSES by Cat Berry, $20-$40 one class, $35-$70 two classes, $50-$100 three classes at Catalyst Touch, 122 W. Court, Suite 109. $20 deposit to 204 Utica St. HOURS accepted. 589-7231

JOB OPENING: Assst Mgr at Ten Thousand Villages promoting Fair Trade: weekends, workw/ volunteers, sell products made by artisans in developing countries. Pat villages_ithaca@juno.com

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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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