Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
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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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Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport), who led the effort to ban the marketing of energy drinks to youths, plans to testify Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee in Washington D.C. on the health risks that energy drinks pose to minors.
Spencer, who is a physician, claims that consuming high amounts of caffeine can lead to heart problems in young people, and therefore the...Read more »
Neither Brazilian shanty towns nor airplanes full of reporters seemed to scare Pope Francis on his first major international trip. The new pontiff spoke freely and on the record with journalists for about an hour and a half during his return flight to Rome Monday. That openness alone is unprecedented.
But Francis grabbed headlines when he told reporters during the impromptu news conference...Read more »
Candidates for New York City Council are talking about whether the mayor should retain such strict control over the city school system. The editorial board believes that parents should have a stronger voice in decision-making, although we’re not at all eager for a wholesale return to the days before mayoral control, when the system was chaotic and dominated by the United Federation of Teachers.
The...Read more »
There’s a fundamental problem with the growing gaggle of Republicans seeking to bar the federal government from bailing out Detroit.
No leaders in Washington are proposing that. And few leaders in Michigan — organized labor being the exception — want it.
Maybe it wasn’t clear when White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “The issue here of the insolvency and dealing with that is one that...Read more »
The editorial board is critical of a report from Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos that hails the return of the New York Cosmos soccer team to Long Island. The professional team will play 14 home games beginning next month at Hofstra University. Maragos has studied the potential economic impact – but we think it’s exaggerated at $19 million. Also, there are plenty of other wobbly county financial...Read more »
As news of four Oceanside teens charged with a hate crime broke this past weekend, their Twitter accounts were disabled, helping to shelter them from public scrutiny and backlash.
A search of Twitter shows the suspects’ accounts were active until the day before the alleged incident. Tweets directed toward Nicholas Battaglia, Gregory Gilbert and brothers Shane and Justin Buckley, continued...Read more »
The editorial board is buoyed by the story of a 45-year-old Montauk lobsterman who survived 12 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, to be rescued by the Coast Guard yesterday afternoon. John Aldridge, who wasn’t wearing a life jacket when he fell overboard, said he tucked his rubber boots under his arms as flotation devices. Board member Alvin Bessent wondered which boot-maker thought of such a useful feature.
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