Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
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The editorial board thinks Anthony Weiner’s candidacy for New York City mayor is so distracting that other, more important issues are sliding to the wayside – for example, the New York City Housing Authority’s poor performance and an annual report today on the city budget.
We’re also concerned about the long-running battle at the Nassau County Legislature over borrowing. This time, the legislature...Read more »
The latest plot development in the sad, decades-long saga of Hempstead schools shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Carlos Ramirez, the former director of technology who exposed the district’s grade-inflation policy in June, announced Monday that he plans to sue the school system for wrongful termination.
The Hempstead school board voted 3-1 Thursday to fire Ramirez. But officials at the meeting...Read more »
At this point -- as it's becoming clear that part of Anthony Weiner's personal life exists in a dark place most of us can't really relate to, but his wife seems able to smilingly accept -- what I want from Weiner has changed.
I'm not asking him not to send photos of his various body parts to make-believe sexual partners all over the planet. I'm not asking him to stop sexting, or using his...Read more »
So how much patience do we have left for Anthony Weiner?
This afternoon’s press conference—following the revelation of another salacious exchange with another woman online, apparently after he resigned from Congress -- was bizarre, cringe-inducing, maddening.
He’s a smart fellow. But he’s doing a terrible job of faking humility, decency and sincerity. Instead he’s trying to walk us yet...Read more »
The editorial board is behind a proposal by Rep. Steve Israel to have the U.S. threaten to withhold financial aid to Nepal, until the government there investigates the death of Bhoomika Kochhar. The 25-year-old Syosset woman married a Nepalese man, moved there, and then died on June 15, in what his family says was a suicide. But the woman’s family is skeptical. The aid we send to foreign countries...Read more »
During the school year, hitting the snooze button is very appealing to most high school students. The thought of rolling back into bed and catching a few more minutes of sleep crawls into the head of even the most zealous students. And this urge is really not their fault.
Training for cross-country, completing my homework and studying for tests all prevent me from getting to bed by 10. Usually...Read more »
The editorial board is interested in a new social mobility study by a team of economists at Harvard and the University of California–Berkeley. The U.S. has known for a while now that American kids are less likely than foreign kids to grow up to make more money than their parents. These economists demonstrate that social mobility correlates with a few under-appreciated factors, like mixed-income...Read more »
Few are innocent: I do it, you do it, your grandmother does it -- well, maybe she does.
Texting while driving has become habit for nearly every motorist, not just teens who are glued to their smartphones already. Why answer a message later if you can do it now? It takes just a few seconds, after all, not long enough for the police to catch you. Right?
Perhaps not any more. On July 1,...Read more »
Average temperatures have been on the rise for the the past three decades, and the recent heat wave has only exacerbated Long Islanders’ hopes for a cooler July this year.
One day — July 18 — is the hottest day, on average, for Long Island every year, with a mean temperature of 82 degrees. But for July 18, 2013 the average was 86.5, above the mean for sure and a lot hotter than in the 73 degrees...Read more »
Last month Albany rushed in with some CPR for New York City’s wheezing elections bureaucracy. The state passed a measure allowing the city Board of Elections to revert to the old lever-pull voting machines in the Sept. 10 citywide primary election and runoff if necessary.
But now gothamgazette.com is saying the board could face a lawsuit because the old machines—inaugurated nationally around...Read more »