Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
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Anne Michaud is a member of the Newsday editorial board. She has written about politics, government, education and transportation for Newsday since 2008. You can reach her at email@example.com, and read her blog at www.annemichaud.com.
Who’s the boss? Apparently not Joseph Mondello, the Nassau County Republican Committee chairman who wrote in to Newsday last week to protest being referred to in a news story as a “GOP boss.”
Mondello complained that his Democratic counterpart, Jay Jacobs, is more often described as “Democratic Chairman” or sometimes “Democratic leader.” The appellations reveal a Newsday bias in favor of Democrats,...Read more »
The world can be an ugly place, but averting our eyes won’t make it any less barbarous.
That’s the reality Facebook stepped-up to this week after flip-flopping its way to a policy that will allow beheading videos to appear on the social networking site.
When a video of a masked man decapitating a woman in Mexico appeared on Facebook and sparked a sharp public outcry in May, the company...Read more »
A recent news story about a young woman who wanted to intern on Capitol Hill, Jessica Padron, captivated me because of her chutzpah. She was offered a spot in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over many other applicants. But Padron couldn't afford to take the internship, because it doesn't pay anything.
So, she put up a request on the website Indiegogo.com, asking for contributions...Read more »
The editorial board is interested in a story about the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of mosques. The NYPD has labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, allowing the police to use informants, record sermons and other strong measures. We note that no prosecutions have come from the dozen or so investigations, and we wonder if the effort is worth the intrusion on Muslim worship.
The...Read more »
A new flight path for planes taking off out of LaGuardia Airport is seeing more use – and more noise complaints from residents of Bayside, Flushing, Douglaston and other Queens neighborhoods. The editorial board believes that the FAA should closely monitor the noise and listen to the community’s concerns. However, the path is essential for NextGen technology that should make better use of New York...Read more »
The editorial board is concerned about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but we have more questions than recommendations for U.S. foreign policy. Board member Alvin Bessent said he doesn’t believe there’s anything particularly different about people dying from chemical weapons or explosives – except that President Barack Obama drew a “red line” against the use of chemical weapons. Isn’t it important,...Read more »
The editorial board is incensed at how difficult it is for candidates to get on the ballot in New York in general, and in Suffolk County in particular. Witness Brookhaven Town Board member Kathleen Walsh, who was just disqualified by a judge from running in the GOP primary, supposedly because she doesn’t adhere to Republican values and philosophy – at least, that was her opponent’s argument. Earlier...Read more »
The editorial board is fascinated by New York City mayoral candidate John Liu’s call for legalizing marijuana – so he can tax it. Liu thinks the idea could pump $400 million a year into the city’s coffers. We’ve favored medical marijuana, but not an outright legalization. But, hey, we haven’t heard any better revenue-raising ideas in this campaign, and times change. Remember Prohibition?
And...Read more »
The editorial board is talking about the new math on the 2014 property tax cap. According to the state comptroller, counties and municipalities will face a 1.66 percent cap on increasing tax levies, instead of 2 percent. That’s because the cap calculation is based on inflation or 2 percent, whichever is lower. Budgeting for that is going to be challenging, especially since the government inflationary...Read more »
The editorial board thinks the Long Island Rail Road’s planned second track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma will bring more benefit than pain. Sure, there may be more traffic, but Long Island needs the increased rail service.
And Attorney General Eric Holder’s address on mandatory sentencing for drug crimes appears to give prosecutors more discretion to bring lesser charges against people...Read more »