Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
BloggersAlvin Bessent Rita Ciolli Michael Dobie Joseph Dolman Lane Filler Sam Guzik Anne Michaud Larry Striegel
Average temperatures have been on the rise for the the past three decades, and the recent heat wave has only exacerbated Long Islanders’ hopes for a cooler July this year.
One day — July 18 — is the hottest day, on average, for Long Island every year, with a mean temperature of 82 degrees. But for July 18, 2013 the average was 86.5, above the mean for sure and a lot hotter than in the 73 degrees...Read more »
Last month Albany rushed in with some CPR for New York City’s wheezing elections bureaucracy. The state passed a measure allowing the city Board of Elections to revert to the old lever-pull voting machines in the Sept. 10 citywide primary election and runoff if necessary.
But now gothamgazette.com is saying the board could face a lawsuit because the old machines—inaugurated nationally around...Read more »
New York State Troopers have purchased a small number of SUVs to help them see drivers who are texting and enforce a state ban. Summer intern David Uberti is looking into how many of the SUVs will be deployed on Long Island.
We note that the MTA is using some of its surplus funds to restore service cuts in Port Washington and Greenpoint, among other places. The editorial board had called for...Read more »
In a functioning district, the school board would at least try to explain the decision-making process that led to institutionalized grade inflation and a typo-ridden summer reading list.
But this wasn’t a functioning school district. This was Hempstead.
About 75 people watched as the board, led by district autocrat Betty Cross, voted 3-1 to fire Carlos Ramirez, the director of technology...Read more »
New York’s voters aren’t looking so much for a leading man or woman this year as for a best friend.
They want a mayor who feels their pain—who knows what it’s like to wait for an eternity in a subway station the temperature of Venus, who knows what it’s like to spend most of your paycheck on an apartment that makes an ordinary motel room seem like Versailles.
As for Michael Bloomberg?...Read more »
The editorial board debated whether Rolling Stone magazine should have run a cover photo of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Rolling Stone usually reserves that spot for celebrities. Some board members said the cover glamorizes Tsarnaev. But board editor Rita Ciolli argued that the photo does exactly what it should: It raises questions about a young man with seemingly everything...Read more »
Long Island Rail Road regulations say it is illegal to “burn a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any tobacco substitute.” Now, the LIRR is citing that rule to ban electronic cigarettes on trains.
E-cigarettes have become popular in the United States and Europe in the past decade. They help smokers get their nicotine fix without inhaling...Read more »
Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday on Thursday is a milestone for an icon of equality that under most circumstances would be happily celebrated by South Africans and admirers around the world.
Of course, this year’s birthday approached as his nation monitored news updates on his frail condition — but also looks on with some discomfort as his family squabbles over his future burial place and his...Read more »
While renewing her push on Capitol Hill to reform the military justice system’s prosecution of sexual assault, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was flanked by two unlikely allies.
The New York Democrat was joined at a news conference Tuesday by a pair of hard-charging tea party darlings: Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Both threw their weight behind Gillibrand’s proposal to remove...Read more »
The editorial board is interested in a report that SUNY is scheduling a spin-off of one of its most successful research centers, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, for the 2014-15 academic year. How will this intersect with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan, which we supported, to offer tax-free zones for businesses that locate on college campuses? We’re pleased that the G subway...Read more »