On the minds of Newsday's editorial board this (Credit: News 12 / J. Conrad Williams Jr. / Craig Ruttle)

On the minds of Newsday's editorial board this week.

On our minds: Tickets, dads and noise

Newsday's editorial board spends all week striving to be a reasoned and pragmatic voice for Long Island and its values through our editorials and columns. We debate local, national and international issues and write on those we think will impact our readers.

Some topics come up that don't turn into longer pieces, but are part of the national conversation and worth bringing up. Here's how we're telling you about them.

Fixing a violation doesn’t make you not guilty

Suffolk County plans to refund almost $264,000 in
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Suffolk County plans to refund almost $264,000 in administrative fees paid by motorists last year on traffic violations for which they were found not guilty or which were dismissed. That's good and bad news.

A bill to issue checks for the $30 or $50 fees to nearly 4,700 drivers -- some with multiple tickets -- has made it out of committee and awaits approval by the full county legislature. The bill should be tweaked.

A motorist found not guilty should get a refund. If you don't have to pay a fine, you shouldn't have to pay a fee. But a motorist who was ticketed for a broken taillight, fixed it and had the ticket dismissed should be on the hook for an administrative fee, having forced the county to spend time and money on the case.

Give refunds to the innocent. But fixing a violation doesn't make someone not guilty. They should pay.

100% more dads are stay-at-home

2 million -- That's the number of stay-at-home
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2 million -- That's the number of stay-at-home dads in the United States in 2012, according to a new Pew Research Center report. This represents an increase of nearly 100 percent over the last two decades. While this trend is heartening -- the percentage of men opting to stay at home to care for their children increased from 5 percent to 21 percent -- a disturbing pattern has emerged as well. A 2011 Pew analysis found the percentage of fathers living apart from their children has gone up from 11 percent in 1960 to 27 percent in 2010.

Obviously there will be noise if you live by an airport but ...

Nassau and Queens residents bothered by the noise
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Nassau and Queens residents bothered by the noise from aircraft arriving and departing at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports can get an update this Wednesday on efforts to mitigate the nuisance.

In a joint meeting of the airports' community roundtables, Port Authority and FAA officials will share information on the procurement of additional noise monitors, a modified approach to airspace redesign and progress toward hiring a consultant to conduct a noise abatement study. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Vaughn College in Flushing.

Noise will always be a factor for people living under flight paths in the busy New York area airspace. But officials and aggrieved residents reasoning together should mean that anything that can be done to alleviate the problem will be done.



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