HIT: To the robust offering of holiday-season events in the Cayuga County area.

If you can't find a community Christmas tree-lighting ceremony or a holiday craft fair or a chance to have some breakfast with Santa Claus, you're just not trying.

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At auburnpub.com and in the print edition of our Go entertainment section, in excess of 40 holiday-season events can be found. That's an impressive array of options, especially for a small community.

What's important to note is that just about all of these happenings don't come together without the work of community-minded volunteers. So get out and enjoy the season, and be sure to say thanks when you do.

MISS: To the case of a central New York man arrested and charged with threatening U.S. Rep. John Katko.

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Federal authorities investigated and arrested a man who left a threatening phone message a few weeks at the Washington office of central New York's congressman. The defendant is accused of threatening to kill Katko and his family if he didn't support internet neutrality.

Fortunately, Katko's staff and federal authorities did a great job reporting and investigating the situation, leading to this week's charges, and no one was physically harmed.

The case is a frightening example of violent speech that has no place in our political discourse, and we hope the swift actions by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office are a message to anyone who thinks otherwise.

HIT and MISS: To a troubling sales tax trend in the city but good news everywhere else in Cayuga County.

Sales tax distributions in 2017 through November are down 1.1 percent for Auburn, but at the same time, they're up 7.7 percent for Cayuga County, up 13.4 percent for towns in the county and up 15 percent for villages.

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The growth is great news for county, town and village budgets; unfortunately, the city is not enjoying the same benefit.

The Citizen Editorial Board includes publisher Rob Forcey, managing editor Mike Dowd and executive editor Jeremy Boyer.

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