Good morning. Take a look at today’s opinion content:
No-fault divorce: Editorial
In our editorial, we encourage the state Assembly to follow the lead of the Senate and pass legislation to allow no-fault divorce in New York. We write:
“The state Senate this week voted to allow parting couples in New York an opportunity to end their marriages with some dignity, and perhaps their finances, still intact. The Assembly should join the modern era as well and vote to permit no-fault divorce, allowing quicker dissolution of failed marriages, and no doubt freeing many a partner of the lies and other manipulations long used to get around the state’s archaic matrimonial law.”
“Under current law, fault must be assigned — such as for cruel treatment, adultery or abandonment — to one spouse during a divorce. To proceed with a mutually agreed-upon divorce, a couple must live apart for a year or more. The new legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, D-Mount Vernon, would allow no-fault divorce after a marriage has ‘irretrievably’ broken down for six months or more and after all financial and custody issues are resolved. No-fault divorce — allowed in some form in every state other than New York — often means much less conflict, which means less stress on the divorcing couple, their children and families. Stories of couples’ divorces dragging through New York’s courts for years, leaving stacks of legal bills and bad feelings in their wake, are legion as well. …”
Obama and the oil spill: Cartoon
In today’s cartoon, titled “Plugging Away,” Matt Davies assesses President Obama’s various reactions to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.
Emission reduction law benefits economy, environment: Community View
Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, writes a Community View today in which she argues in favor of the Global Warming Pollution Control Act. The legislation, currently making its way through the state Senate, has already gained passage in the Assembly. Bystryn writes:
“… [The bill] would impose an economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions limit for the state. It sets forth achievable goals that are vital to protecting New York’s economy and the natural resources on which residents and our businesses depend.
“The measure would cap greenhouse gas emissions at 1990-levels by 2013, and lower them gradually thereafter. A 20 percent reduction below this baseline must be met by 2020, and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. These guidelines echo the emissions cuts recommended by a broad consensus to avert the worst effects of climate change. The gradual nature of the emissions targets also provides the private sector with ample time to adjust. …”