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Opinion roll: Gang violence, Levy, and a new Walt

Newsday's opinion roll from March 24, 2010:

EDITORIAL: It will take more than checkpoints to stop gang violence

The gang problem in certain areas of Suffolk County is real. So is the community's growing sense of frustration over the plague of violence these groups bring. But it's far from certain whether police checkpoints that stop random cars is the best response. ...

EDITORIAL: Budget wheels turn, but will plans show discipline?

It's one of the toughest budget years in memory, with a $9.2-billion deficit, so it's good to see the wheels in Albany turning forward. While fear of an angry electorate may be inspiring efforts to meet the March 31 deadline, it's more important that lawmakers produce a disciplined agreement. ...

LETTERS: LIPA, Levy and schools

Newsday's readers chime in on a variety of different subjects ...

WALT: Checkpoints

Walt Handelsman's latest cartoon deals with gang-infested neighborhoods.

MORE: As always, find a complete list of opinion pieces at

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