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Up on the Board: Guantanamo hunger strike, low necklines and MTA windfall

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the front gate of "Camp Six" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Jan. 19, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

The editorial board believes the United States needs to move more aggressively to release terrorism prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, many of whom have been held without charges or trial for 11 years. Holding them without due process is, in a word, un-American. Now, 93 of the 166 suspects are on a hunger strike. The Obama administration must live up to the president’s promise to shutter Guantanamo, and Congress bears responsibility for delays too.

We think the New York City Commission on Human Rights should withdraw its lawsuit against seven shops in the Hasidic section of Williamsburg. The HRC says it’s discrimination for shop-owners to require patrons to dress appropriately: “No Shorts, No Barefoot, No Sleeveless, No Low Cut Neckline.” The editorial board thinks shop-owners should be allowed to run their businesses the way they want, as long as they aren’t discriminating against a protected class.

Also, the MTA has received an extra $40 million or more from the state budget. We think the agency should use that money to restore service cuts, spread evenly among the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North and New York City Transit. Transit Workers Union members want the money for salary increases.

And continuing the largesse from the state budget …  Suffolk County Transit has also received more money from the state and is considering expanding service to Sundays. This would be a real boon for working people, and the board is in favor.

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This new Up on the Board feature is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday, Newsday Westchester and amNew York.

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