Good afternoon. Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Thursday, Aug. 19:
We cheer news that Gov. David Paterson signed legislation that limits the amount of phosphorous allowed in dishwasher detergent. We write:
… For years, the soap industry has resisted pressure to cut phosphorus from dishwashing detergent, arguing that it was needed to give glassware that clean sparkle, particularly in places with hard water. Consumer Reports magazine tested low- and no-phosphate dishwater detergents and found that the “newest formulations are worth a try,” though none matched phosphate-heavy products that have been discontinued. The choice between having perfectly gleaming glasses or clean water to put in them is an easy one. …
… While some advocates contend that the law should have made an exception for organic fertilizers, the state DEC said that there are plenty of organic fertilizers without phosphorus to choose from and that most lawns don’t need phosphorus anyway. The ban doesn’t apply to gardens or agriculture. While there are other sources of phosphorus that deserve further scrutiny, this law addresses the easiest sources to control. It’s about time.
Ground Zero mosque: Cartoon
Matt Davies weighs in on the national conversation about whether or not the Cordoba Initiative should locate a mosque and Islamic cultural center blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.
Mount Vernon inspector general: Commentary
Ernest D. Davis, former mayor of Mount Vernon, writes in reply to our Aug. 10 editorial on the city’s inspector general.