Good afternoon. Here’s a digest of today’s opinion content:
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities: Editorial
In an editorial today, we cheer the Legislature’s decision to rechristen then Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities as the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. We write:
“New York will finally update the name of the state office charged with ensuring fair treatment and quality-of-life to people with various developmental disabilities, not just by taking the ‘r’ word out of the title, but by adding ‘people’ to it.
“The Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities will now become the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, after votes taken last week in the state Assembly and Senate. The name change was originally introduced last year by Gov. David Paterson. Rhode Island remains the only state to have “retardation” in an agency title.
“In deficit-ridden, budget-lacking New York, important concerns have been raised about costs, staffing and oversight at the state office. Paramount should be its responsibility to ensure quality and efficiency in serving those with disabilities. The name change, though, remains an important step in signifying respect and quality care for the people the office serves. …”
Westchester County Gun Show: Editorial
We comment on this past weekend’s gun show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains in an editorial today. We write:
“No doubt a good time was had by all at the weekend gun show at the Westchester County Center, hosting the emporium of guns, knives and collectibles for the first time in 11 years. We just hope that the event does not mark the end of the pragmatic bipartisan support for smarter gun policies that has been the regional norm these last few years. …
“… Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which has dozens of chief executives as members, of all political persuasions, has documented how slack gun controls and shady dealers, mostly in Southern states, have absolutely contributed to gun violence in Northern cities. Supposedly, the tightest restrictions were in place during the weekend show in Westchester. Just the same, it seemed like the gun trade was doing plenty enough business without the county executive’s resurrecting the red carpet, adding ambiguity to what these last years has been official and worthwhile resolve.”
Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Cartoon
Matt Davies comments on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and BP’s roll in the cleanup in today’s cartoon.
‘Bonkers’ in Westchester: Reisman
Phil Reisman talks with Joseph Gulia, a member of Westchester 2000, the 1980s group that advocated consolidation of municipal services, about the need to revisit the plan. Gulia proposes the launch of an updated planning study, which he’d title Westchester Metropolis 2011.