As our country evolves and strives for a “more perfect union,” we have just witnessed three profound and historical events that have moved our nation to more closely reflect the words of the Preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Now that the kids are home from school, they may be spending more time online. That means it’s up to you as parents to make sure they’re surfing safely. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe online:
Robin and William Lasher, the Fulton couple convicted of abandoning their pets in the frigid Lysander woods in January, were sentenced June 17 in Lysander Town Court. Judge Michael Bryant sentenced the two to 120 hours of community service and three years’ probation, during which time they are not allowed to own or care for any animals.
The Van Buren Town Board has jumped on board with the effort to repeal the SAFE Act. At its June 2 meeting, the board passed a motion in support of a series state bills that seek to repeal the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013.
The New York State Police continue to search for the two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on Saturday, June 6. The escape of 35-year-old David P. Sweat and 49-year-old Richard Matt was reported to state police early yesterday. Both were incarcerated for murder.
Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FIOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next ten programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone that missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available on the Internet. To access the previous videos online, a link is available at pacbtv.org.
Arrests for March 9 to 14.
We’re at the height of prom season, and unfortunately, that means our teens can be at risk for dangerous behavior.
The Keeping Faith Fund of the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has added another local case of animal abuse to four other cruelty cases for which they are seeking information and offering reward money.
Arrests from Feb. 21 to March 6.
To the editor: Over the last week we saw the unfortunate flurry of local news media reports on the arrest of Lysander Town Councilor and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES teacher Melinda Shimer for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing.
Animal abuse doesn’t justify online cruelty
What the Lashers have been charged with is inexcusably cruel. While animal lovers have every right to be angry about the treatment Hope endured and the leniency of animal cruelty laws in New York state, there are more positive and productive ways to vent that energy rather than spewing hateful comments online.
Robin and William Lasher face 3 years probation, barred from owning animals
William Lasher, 47, and Robin Lasher, 48, each pleaded guilty to two counts of abandoning an animal in Lysander Town Court the evening of April 8. Judge Michael Bryant said the two could be sentenced to three years of probation, during which they would “forfeit the right to own or possess animals.”
Domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault continue to be issues that concern me. Studies reveal that such abuse occurs more than many realize. A few new laws were recently chaptered and aim to improve victims’ rights and protections. I supported all of these in the Assembly and I am glad they have been signed into law.
Lysander Deputy Supervisor Melinda Shimer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing March 31.