Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
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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 »
Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.
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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 extended arm of a stolen New York City crane truck struck several power lines as a joyriding transit employee drove it through his Elmont neighborhood Tuesday morning. Unfortunately for suspect Joel Grasman, however, lightning didn’t strike at the right moment, he wasn’t traveling 88 mph and the vehicle lacked a flux capacitor.
Grasman’s original plan wasn’t so heavy: Head to Jamaica transit...Read more »
Neil Armstrong is dead. Still.
Social media erupted today with an outpouring of condolences and memories honoring the first man to walk on the moon. Problem is, Armstrong died a year ago.
That’s not the amount of time it takes for news to travel to our lunar satellite and back. But it may be the period required for the attention-span-deprived, 17-second-news-cycle-craving Twittersphere...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 »
When President Obama announced last week that the intelligence community would create a website to serve as a “hub for further transparency” of the nation’s surveillance programs, I didn’t expect much. Even in the digital age, throwing government information online doesn’t mean a lot. But I assumed the site would be a bit more ambitious than a blog on Tumblr.
For everyone reading who’s over...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 »
Too bad a declassified CIA report acknowledging the existence of Area 51 doesn’t explain anything about extraterrestrials, time travel, or just how Will Smith learned to pilot an alien space craft quickly enough to save the world in “Independence Day.”
But the United States’ most famous base does exist, according to documents obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive....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?
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