Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Thursday, Aug. 26:
Ramapo ballpark: Editorial
We comment on Ramapo voters, who overwhelmingly decided Tuesday to reject a financing plan for a proposed minor-league ballpark. We write:
Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence would have a hard time justifying further encumbering taxpayers with the costs of building a minor league baseball stadium — as he initially suggested he just might — in light of the voters’ overwhelming refusal to guarantee a $16.5 million bond to fund the venture. He would have to argue that some 5,400 naysaying Ramapo voters, in their only opportunity to weigh in on the matter, actually meant “Yes.”
The financing question was before voters in a special referendum Tuesday. It was forced on town officials by opponents concerned about both the financing plan and the breakneck speed by which the initiative was progressing. The opponents collected sufficient signatures on petitions to require the vote. They then spoke loud and clear at the ballot box, rejecting the financing plan by a margin of more than 2-to-1.
St. Lawrence contended afterward that voters rejected only the financing scheme, not the stadium itself, and that the project would still move ahead. He clarified on Wednesday that that means relying on private financing — really the only alternative in the face of such a lopsided vote against the financing plan. Absent some other instructions from voters, the town should leave any further commitments to the project’s private backers.
Phil Reisman comments on the future of Playland and on the 44 proposals he received from readers on the matter. He writes:
My little contest resulted in 44 separate responses from readers, many of whom hoped they had the answer to that question. (In the interest of building cheap suspense, the winner, who will receive four passes to Playland courtesy of The Journal News, will be announced at the end of Sunday’s column.)
Alas, none of the ideas blew me away.
Not that the correspondents weren’t passionate, literate and thoughtful. For the most part they were. A few of the proposals covered several pages of text.
However, as I read through the e-mails and letters, I gradually realized something that should have been obvious to me all along — that there really is no simple, silver-bullet solution to the Playland puzzle. Simply put, it was a lot to ask average citizens to solve a problem in a few spare moments that has befuddled well-paid, professional consultants for at least a decade.
Bad eggs: Cartoon
Matt Davies comments on the mass recall of eggs in today’s cartoon.