Good morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published since Saturday:
• Retired teacher and government worker Miriam Toibb of Stony Point advocates a return to entrepreneurship in the face of the recession in a Community View. Toibb writes:
The newest counsel is to try entrepreneurship. Start your own business after all the job fairs and the networking groups don’t work out. What’s this, the magic of the market on an individual basis? Maybe. Or maybe a return to cottage industry , a pre-industrial-age mode of subsistence living. Barely 200 years have passed since the dark satanic mills changed everything and it feels like everything has changed again. We are the oldest democracy and we have outlived a lot of our own propaganda. What remains? We still have a vibrant entertainment industry, as we see on our blaring television sets. The television sets blare on and time passes.
• Anthony Marinello of Eastchester, who serves as the Greenvale PTA treasurer, comments in a Community View on the Eastchester Union Free School District’s Tuesday referendum vote on busing. The district is adkving voters if they’d like to save $350,000 by eliminating bus service for grades 6 through 12. Marinello writes:
What we will be voting on is a change to the busing-distance cutoff.
Currently, if you live more than one mile from school you are entitled to bus transportation ; the vote would change the distance to greater than two miles for middle school and three miles for high school, which are the state limits. Veryfew children live more than two miles from the middle or high schools, so there will be little busing.
Since the voters will decide on the busing only, the district reserves the right to decide later how the savings will be used.
The board has not given the public the ability to vote on how the savings will be spent.
In reality, this will not be a savings to the taxpayer as the money will remain in the budget; it just won’t be used for transportation.
• Readers responded to our call for letters and comments on the case of White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley. On Saturday, we published seven letters on the topic.
• In his column, Phil Reisman wonders if Adam Bradley can really continue to lead White Plains as he battles charges related to allegations of domestic abuse. Reisman writes:
What is in question is whether Bradley can effectively lead the city while simultaneously managing the fallout from an array of cringe-worthy accusations that have placed his character, judgment and possibly even his mental state in the harsh spotlight of public debate.
On this question, the verdict is already in.
• Matt Davies comments on the SEC’s allegations of fraud against Goldman Sachs in Sunday’s cartoon.
• Sunday’s editorial on property taxes will appear online tomorrow along with a related report from our news department.
• We comment on the presidential memorandum to ensure fair treatment of patients and their visitors in hospitals that accept Medicaid and Medicare in today’s editorial. The move “goes to the core of fair treatment,” we write, “… and ensures that patients can have the person they choose — whether a friend, family member or same-sex partner — make crucial medical care decisions.”
• Eric Rosenbaum, a self-professed aficionado of soda from Yonkers, writes in favor of Gov. David Paterson’s proposed “soda tax” in a Community View. Rosenbaum writes:
My soda-lovin’ heart goes out to the poor mom on the commercial sponsored by the beverage industry who laments her kids’ deprivation of the joys of high-fructose and aspartame-laden beverages. But before we mobilize the Pop Party and march on Albany to demand our right to tax-free liquid sweetness, let’s weigh the value of cheap junk drinks against that of the essential services the beverage tax can help to support.