Good afternoon. Here’s a glance at today’s opinion content:
• In an editorial, we comment on news that the state Thruway Authority plan to install barriers along the sides of the Tappan Zee bridge, in an effort to deter suicide attempts. We write:
“It is welcome news that the Thruway Authority plans to add barriers along both sides of the bridge. Experience and research show that such impediments greatly reduce suicide attempts and deaths. The reason: such barriers, even when they can be breached, give people more time to think about what they are contemplating — much as gun locks, or keeping a gun unloaded, introduce a “pause” for those considering shooting themselves.
“The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Fencing will be added in front of guardrails on the Westchester end, from the superstructure to the tolls. From the superstructure to the Rockland side of the bridge, workers will close gaps on new railings that were installed during a two-year redecking project. The work will create 5-foot 3-inch barriers on both sides. Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell and Legislator Connie Coker, D-South Nyack, whose district includes the Rockland bridge landing, had advocated for more suicide-prevention measures on the span.”
• In his cartoon, Matt Davies comments on news that prosecutors in the Westchester County District Attorney’s office plan to resign over cuts to their benefits packages.