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Up on the Board: Readers write, public union contracts and LIPA

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference announcing a $1.7 billion plan to help New York homeowners and businesses recover from a trio of destructive storms last week. (April 26, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Readers wrote to us this week about the morning after pill, campaign finance reform and Internet sales taxes. Several people took issue with an op-ed we ran on Monday by Destiny Thompson, a Valley Stream South High School senior who was brought to this country illegally at age 2. She is hoping New York passes a version of the DREAM Act, which would help her pay for a college education. Stay tuned for these letters in the coming days, or send us your thoughts: letters@newsday.com.

The editorial board is looking closely at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s idea for a financial restructuring board, which would help fiscally distressed municipalities. The key to the plan's success will be solving the problems of binding arbitration and out-of-control union contract awards.

We’re looking at a Suffolk County proposal to merge two East End health clinics and turn them over to a private operator.


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And there’s a squabble in Congress about how the United States handles international food aid. The pettiness over which committee gets to distribute the $1.4 billion annually – and which industry interests might be harmed – could reduce the potential to feed starving people. It’s Washington at its worst.

How do you solve a problem like LIPA is our editorial topic for Sunday. Visit our website this weekend to watch a video about 15 years of LIPA promises, and leave a comment in the readers’ opinion section, Take the Podium.

If you have an opinion on any of the above, simply fill in a comment in the section below, or email letters@newsday.com.

 

Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday, Newsday Westchester and amNew York.

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