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
Political processes usually lag far behind technological advancement. The lever machines New Yorkers will use to vote in this year’s elections, for example, were a hot new invention in the 1890s. But the old-school contraptions were deemed necessary in 2013 because election officials couldn’t count votes fast enough using electronic scanners.
Despite such slow evolution of the mechanisms of...Read more »
Bone health usually isn’t a worry until back or knee problems emerge well into adulthood. And by that time it may be too late to do something about it.
We should start worrying about bone health when the body builds most of its adult bones: early childhood into teenage years. Researchers who study bone health suggest any bone mass gained after peak bone growth, which is around 20 years old...Read more »
Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez through the end of the 2014 season for his alleged involvement with performance-enhancing drugs.
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New York City Comptroller John Liu likes to portray himself as a populist, a modern-day Fiorello LaGuardia—always on the barricades, fighting for the little guy, standing up for immigrants, doing whatever he can to push back against the smug one-percenters who would rather he just disappear.
Even this morning, an hour before the city Campaign Finance Board voted to withhold up to $3.53 million...Read more »
August 1. The date that sends most rising high school seniors flocking to their computers, not to check Twitter or Facebook, but to check out the much anticipated Common App.
Consider its release the pop of the starting gun. All the practice and planning is over; the race to college has begun.
Known as the Common Application, the standardized form used by almost 500 of the nation’s selective...Read more »
The editorial board notes a new report saying that tech firms are multiplying fast in Lower Manhattan – there are about 600 now. It’s going to be important that the city continues to update its office space to support the demands of these companies. The average Midtown space is about 70 years old, reports editorial writer Joe Dolman. However, there are dangers in overbuilding, too.
We’re also...Read more »
The editorial board thinks Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano needs to be more transparent about the fees the county is raising to keep its services afloat. Mangano has consistently touted his record of no property tax increases, but fees increases levied on residents and businesses have brought in $100 million since 2011.
We’re continuing to report on campus housing for Stony Brook University...Read more »
As a U.S. Senate panel looks at limits on government surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet activity, the editorial board had a wide-ranging discussion about where to draw the lines around privacy and terrorism prevention.
Board member Alvin Bessent said he doesn’t believe the National Security Agency or others should be collecting this data. But if it is collected, there should be...Read more »
New York Senate co-leader Dean Skelos didn’t waste too much time Monday trying to link his rivals in the Assembly to the horrors of human sex trafficking. In a press release as well as a statement posted on Facebook, the Rockville Centre Republican pointed to the FBI’s takedown of a nationwide child prostitution ring, announced only a few hours before, as a sign New York needs to bolster its sex...Read more »
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big gulp law is finally fizzling out.
In upholding a lower court—which tossed out the mayor’s ban on sugary soft drinks of 16 ounces or more—the state's Appellate Division today underscored an idea Bloomberg, oddly, finds hard to accept: that he’s simply an elected municipal official and not the personal over-boss of the New York City's 8.4 million people.
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