Here’s a look at opinion content published today, July 30:
Paterson inquiry: Editorial
We comment on the independent inquiry by retired Judge Judith Kaye that explored Gov. David Paterson and his administration’s handling of a top aide’s domestic violence case. We write:
The independent inquiry … confirms what many had already observed — that the governor and key staff had put politics ahead of good sense and justice. …
… Paterson and the other officials certainly should have known better than to meddle as they did; Paterson’s predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, and his administration were investigated as well for improper dealings with the State Police. That was the other black mark on Spitzer’s turn in office. Paterson is not yet out of the woods. Investigations continue into the governor’s handing of a casino contract and his receipt of Yankees game tickets. Until Kaye weighs in on those matters, New Yorkers can wonder when their misery will end.
Faith ‘Bunny’ Crumpacker: Remembrance
We honor the life of Faith ‘Bunny’ Crumpacker, the Valley Cottage author who died July 24 at 76. We write:
… It was in her later years that she was happiest, said her husband C.E. “Chick” Crumpacker. That was when she published books that both satisfied her curiosity and made other people laugh while they learned why the number 2 is shaped as it is, how to cut an onion, or why the simple act of eating a perfectly made bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich can lift our spirits if we’re down.
“There is magic in a good sandwich,” she explained in the introduction to “The Sex Life of Food,” “the most potent magic; the magic of food. Simple, basic food.”
And there was magic, too, to Bunny Crumpacker, who will be missed for her wit, her wisdom and her love of family and community.