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Up on the Board: Egypt’s ‘coup,’ Supt. Hankin, privacy concerns

President Barack Obama meets with members of his

President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss the situation in Egypt in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington. (July 3, 2013) Credit: AP

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 Syosset schools superintendent, who became a lightning rod as the second highest-paid on the Island, and in the state. Is she leaving because she no longer has the full support of her school board? Three reformers have been elected in the past two years, and member Josh Lafazan has openly criticized Hankin’s compensation.  

The board is also debating whether Long Beach Hospital should reopen as a full-scale acute care facility. The hospital was struggling financially even before superstorm Sandy, and there are nearby facilities that can substitute.

Finally, intern David Uberti will be blogging today about the future of privacy online. Many Facebook users, for example, don’t understand that their information is public unless they opt to keep some opinions, photos, etc., within their circle of friends. People should be more vigilant about understanding and protecting their privacy – even as we move further into a future where we assume we have very little.

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Up on the Board 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.