Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
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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 »
Students across the country found out what they received on their Advanced Placement tests on Friday. I’m one of them, and like so many of my contemporaries, I was eager to see all my hard work boiled down into one number grade. Everyone’s hoping to get that great feeling that comes from earning a 4 or 5 on an exam.
But is taking an AP class really worth all the time and effort?
Other...Read more »
The editorial board thinks that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s entry into the New York City comptroller’s race almost passes for humility for this man. And we believe that he deserves another chance at public office, in spite of his disgraced status. Spitzer is a determined financial watchdog and, if elected, would manage the $127.5 billion New York City Retirement Systems, audit mayoral programs and...Read more »
On Sunday evening, as most of New York was winding down from a quiet holiday weekend, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer barged into what had been a sleepy contest for city comptroller with a Shakespearean burst of sound and fury. He wants forgiveness. He wants redemption. He wants his old public life back. He wants to be loved. He wants to matter again. You give me another chance, Spitzer is saying, and...Read more »
The editorial board, along with much of the world, is watching for news of Nelson Mandela. He is reportedly on life support and in stable condition at a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, while the bodies of three of his children were returned to their original resting site in his hometown of Qunu on Thursday, following a court order.
The board is also interested in a new generation of taxicabs...Read more »