Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
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Twinkies will return to store shelves Monday as one of the first items you should acquire in the event of a zombie apocalypse, right after bottled water and guns.
It has long been joked that the treats last forever, not to mention that they could be dropped from buildings, unscathed, before snack time. But the resurrected Twinkies will have a shelf life that’s almost double that of their 2012...Read more »
The editorial board was surprised to see Eliot Spitzer leading in an opinion poll, just days after the disgraced former governor announced he wants to run for NYC comptroller. It remains to be seen whether he will collect enough signatures on petitions in time for tonight’s deadline.
Also, today’s editorial about the 30 spelling errors in book titles and their authors on the Hempstead school...Read more »
Let’s start with the nice stuff first. Unlike other Democratic mayoral candidates, Anthony Weiner has not wasted his breath inveighing against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s school reforms. Weiner doesn’t seem to mind the mayor’s charter-school push, and he has said kind things about Bloomberg’s hard-driving spirit of innovation.
But standing in front of a closed Catholic school yesterday, the...Read more »
High schoolers from around the world wish an answer to this trite question: What do I want to be when I grow up?
The question is more overwhelming now than ever as many colleges look for students who are less well-rounded and more specialized. The same goes for parents who don’t want to pay for four expensive years of experimentation.
So this shift from well-rounded to angular students...Read more »
The editorial board is concerned about the U.S. customs delays at JFK Airport, which are the worst in the nation, according to a new report. The average wait is 36 minutes. When you add that to all the other reasons passengers can get hung up at airports – security checks, flight delays, missed connections – flying seems more inconvenient than ever. The board thinks that JFK Airport should make...Read more »
We've always known New York City is not a normal place. Minneapolis is normal. Omaha is normal. New York is a town whose lurid eccentricities have a disturbing way of massing into destructive madness -- like Sandy roaring into town under a full moon at high tide. The resulting chaos is not a sight for the squeamish or for tiny school children or for civics teachers.
As the city's election...Read more »
The No. 1 issue on the minds of likely voters in New York City’s upcoming elections is not the stop-and-frisk imbroglio. It’s not the tough, elusive struggle for better outcomes in programs for the homeless and mentally ill. It’s not the shockingly sorry status of more than a few city parks. It is education, said a speaker at a Manhattan Institute forum this morning, citing a recent Zogby poll the...Read more »
The editorial board believes that the Obama administration is dancing around the definition of a “coup” in regard to Egypt’s military takeover from elected President Mohammed Morsi. Declaring it a coup would mean the U.S. would be required to withdraw financial aid and, as a result, would diminish our influence in this country’s affairs.
We’re discussing the resignation of Carole Hankin, the...Read more »
Chris Weidman shocked the Ultimate Fighting Championship world on Sunday by accomplishing what seemed impossible, knocking out undefeated middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Weidman trained for many arduous weeks in order to physically and mentally prepare to take on Silva. But the biggest fight of his career may be convincing the state Assembly to lift the ban on mixed martial arts in New York.
For...Read more »
The Internet is growing up fast.
More and more of everyday life is moving online, from 140-character reactions to last night’s Mets game to baby pictures posted on Facebook. U.S. retailers expect about a quarter-trillion dollars of Internet sales this year. Governments, meanwhile, are training cohorts of cyberwarriors to carry out attacks on foreign computers while protecting those at home.
In...Read more »