Good morning. Here’s a look at today’s opinion content:
• In an editorial, we cheer the House’s passage of comprehensive health-care reform legislation. Still, we recognize that the bill President is due to sign very shortly is far from perfect. “The national conversation on health care, and Washington’s actions, are far from over,” we write. “There is room for improvement, and changes, just as there have been changes to Social Security and Medicare over the years. It’s time for all those in government to work toward improving our health-care system, not using it as partisan fodder.”
• Cartoonist Matt Davies also tackles health care today, in a cartoon titled DNR. Take a look.
• Writing in his column today, Phil Reisman asserts while the full implications of the health-care bill remain unclear, many of its provisions are products of the myriad economic challenges faced by the American middle class today.
• Bob Baird wrote on health-care reform in his column. “I’m not buying that reform will lead us into Socialism, destroy jobs, bankrupt the country or lead to health-care rationing, but neither am I buying that it will solve all of our health-care issues,” he writes. “I’m hoping that the true impact of this package of reforms falls somewhere down the middle, between the rantings of the Left and Right.”
• Writing in a Community View, Mahopac resident Joseph Kohler responds to Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner’s March 15 Community View in which he advocated for the consolidation of Westchester and Putnam county governments. Kohler disagrees with Feiner’s proposal. “Feiner would love to get his hands on Putnam’s tax base to finance lower Westchester’s suffocating array of social programs,” Kohler writes. “Putnam county taxpayers should fear and fight this movement at all costs. Imagine our property taxes rising to the level of the taxes in Westchester.”
• Michael Castelluccio, editor of PreserveRamapo.org, urges Rampo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence to let the taxpayers view the business plan for a proposed minor-league ballpark in a Community View published today. Castelluccio says his organization submitted a Freedom of Information request for the plan, but instead received architectural drawings for the facility. “If there is, in fact, a ‘formal business plan,’ and the public is expected to invest $25.5 million of its own money in this project, then we ask that the Town of Ramapo post it on the town’s Web site,” Castelluccio writes.