Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.

Bessent: Rep. McCarthy's poignant departure

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, at her home in Mineola,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s poignant decision not to seek reelection marks the end of her determined 18-year congressional crusade to reduce gun violence.

The issue catapulted McCarthy, from Mineola,  into Congress after a deranged gunman opened fire inside a Long Island Rail Road train in 1993, killing her husband, Dennis, and five other commuters, and wounding her son.

In announcing...

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Striegel: A rare politician keeps his ego in check

In a refreshing pledge, Larry Cantwell, the new

(Credit: John Roca)

Three cheers to newly installed East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell, who told the town board on Thursday that they should not be surprised if they don’t see his name on signs at town parks. “It is not because the parks department forgot,” he said. “I asked they not waste time and money preparing these signs.”

How many of us have shaken our heads in disgust at the way elected officials plaster...

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Dobie: Take it easy on snow-covered roads

Larry Fuchs makes his way along Railroad Avenue

(Credit: James Carbone)

Hey, you, with the SUV. Really?

Did you have to blow the red light Friday morning on Pinelawn Road in Melville — by at least five seconds — and careen around the snowdrift-covered corner from the side street, a little too close for comfort to those of us sitting on Pinelawn, and then fishtail your way for about 100 yards down Pinelawn? I apologize for wishing you would have wrapped yourself...

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Filler: To call a snow day or not? The school administrator's dilemma

Traffic on Old Country Road in Westbury as

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Long Island’s education leaders know they’re damned if they do call off school before the kids show up, and they’re damned if you don’t.

If they sound the “No School, Let the Celebrations of Children and Wailing of Parents Begin” alarm and call it off, they risk the possibility that by the time the kids actually creep from the bed and peer outside the clouds will have passed by without dropping...

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Dobie: Hempstead's underhanded plan to increase officials' salaries

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray speaks to the

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Here we go again.

Another Long Island town is considering salary increases for elected officials — a month after the 2013 elections. Hempstead Town proposed last week to increase salaries for Supervisor Kate Murray and the other six town board members.

Newsday’s editorial board on Monday criticized a similar move in North Hempstead to give raises to the same seven positions in that town....

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Ciolli: Hillary Clinton isn't running for president . . . yet

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a

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Hillary Clinton didn’t take the bait to announce her 2016 run in a suburban Long Island catering hall on Friday even before about as close to a hometown crowd as she’ll find. But few of the 1,000 who attended the event hosted by the Long Island Association, a business trade group, could have left with any doubt that the former FLOTUS wants to return to the White House as POTUS.

Clinton acknowledged...

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Filler: LIRR disability fraud case is even more shocking than expected

Michael Constanza, 60, of Merrick, left, and Frederick

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

No matter how disgusted and appalled we were primed to feel about the massive conspiracy to defraud the Long Island Rail Road via fake disability claims for retirees, the details that have followed are still shocking. The federal trial of two Long Island men accused of disability fraud are delivering plots so jaw-dropping that they seem like storylines from a movie.

Witnesses say Frederick...

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Uberti: A sliver lining to Hempstead's embarrassing grade inflation?

Hempstead High School.

(Credit: Joel Cairo)

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...

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Crowley: On Long Island, a heat wave is just the start of climate change

It's possible the temperature will hit 90 on

(Credit: Jeffrey Basinger)

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...

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Uberti: Hempstead school board deflects blame for recent gaffes

Hempstead School District Superintendent Susan Johnson speaks at

(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

In a functioning district, the school board would at least try to explain the decision-making process that led to institutionalized grade inflation and a typo-ridden summer reading list.

But this wasn’t a functioning school district. This was Hempstead.

About 75 people watched as the board, led by district autocrat Betty Cross, voted 3-1 to fire Carlos Ramirez, the director of technology...

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