Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Oct. 7:
Brewster’s Old Town Hall theater: Editorial
We encourage Brewster voters to approve a $3.8 million bond to renovate the Old Town Hall on Election Day. We write:
… The Old Town Hall, which used to house town offices on the ground floor and still houses the Southeast Museum on the middle level, has a long-shuttered, 320-seat theater on the top floor just waiting to be pressed into service for an encore performance. Built in 1896, the Old Town Hall is on the national Register of Historic Places. Restoring it won’t just preserve the past of Southeast’s only village, Brewster; it can help lead the way to a brighter future for the troubled village and the surrounding Town of Southeast. …
For too long, Brewster has only been in the headlines for controversies related to the proliferation of day laborers on Main Street. Having a performance space that can draw crowds for plays, concerts and other events could cast the village in a better spotlight, and mean the difference between a neglected Main Street and one that is full of commerce. The cost to taxpayers for the bond is estimated at about $36 a year for an average-priced home. The value of a revitalized Main Street? It’s priceless.
Anger and Paladino: Editorial
It seems the angriest voices — like that of Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor — have risen to the fore in the conversation about the upcoming general election. A fresh poll from Newsweek finds that so-called angry voters make up only 23 percent of the electorate. We write:
… Consider the case of Carl Paladino, perhaps the angriest man alive. The GOP nominee for governor has garnered no small amount of attention for threatening to take “a baseball bat to Albany” and, last week, threatening a reporter, saying, “I’ll take you out.” Appearing on Bill O’Reilly’s program on Monday, Paladino compelled this warning from the host: “Don’t hit anybody, OK?” The admonition followed Paladino’s suggestion that he was the only candidate with the “intestinal fortitude” to “take on these demons in Albany and do the right thing.”
But Paladino trails badly in statewide polls, notwithstanding herculean efforts to channel the voters’ oft-discussed anger.
As it turns out, it seems that voters may be after more than just petulance. …
GOP’s ‘Pledge for America’: Cartoon
Matt Davies comments on the Republican Party’s “Pledge for America,” the summary of its agenda for the next Congress.
The Westchester Guardian: Reisman
Phil Reisman assesses The Westchester Guardian, the weekly newspaper published by the “iconoclastic” Sam Zherka.