Good morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Thursday, Oct. 28:
John Hall: Endorsement
We endorse Rep. John Hall, the incumbent Democrat, in the race for the 19th Congressional district seat. Hall is challenged by Nan Hayworth, a Republican. We write:
The choice for voters in the 19th Congressional District is fairly straightforward: They can pick the candidate who sees a measured and constructive role for the federal government in the framework of a free, civil and functioning society, or they can pick the candidate who, while on the campaign trail at least, appears to suffer from amnesia.
The former is John Hall, the two-term Democrat from Dover Plains, who has taken some tough — but wholly necessary — votes aimed at digging the nation out of a deep recession that was years in the making. The latter is Dr. Nan Hayworth, a retired opthalmologist from Mount Kisco, whose memory or understanding of what ails America seems to begin and end with the 2008 election. Our recommendation goes to Hall, for his broader world view, and because Congress can ill afford more of Hayworth’s brand of forgetfulness.
Hall voted for the Bush administration’s TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which kept Wall Street and the rest of the economy from going over a cliff; the Obama team’s stimulus program, the tax cuts and public works spending aimed at generating demand where there was hardly any in the private sector; the health-care reform law, aimed at making the world’s most expensive health system more effective and eventually extending coverage to 35 million more Americans; and the package of financial-industry reforms, legislation aimed at bolstering consumer protection and oversight of the financial community, ending the free-for-all that caused the Great Recession. …
Jim Borkowski: Endorsement
Three candidates are vying to replace Greg Ball, the Republican assemblyman who represents the 99th district and is running for state Senate. We endorse Conservative Jim Borkowski, an attorney and former Southeast town judge who is running against Steve Katz, a veterinarian from Mohegan Lake, and Brendan Tully, an attorney from Yorktown Heights. We write:
… Of the three, we think Borkowski, a Republican who is running on the Conservative line after losing his party’s primary to the Tea Party-backed Katz, would have the most practical approach to the job. He would bring a jurist’s training to Albany, listening to both sides of an argument before deciding on a position, and reaching across the aisle to work with legislators from both parties, a trait that is needed now more than ever.
Borkowski, who left his judgeship to run for Putnam County sheriff last year, wants an independent inspector general to oversee the Legislature, whose failings were recently highlighted in a scathing state report about an alleged effort by Senate leaders to rig a gaming contract. He wants to cut spending by shrinking the size of government and sees consolidation, particularly of small, overlapping school districts, as a necessary step to reducing the property tax burden. …
Friends of the GOP: Cartoon
Matt Davies comments on the Republican Party’s ties to the banking, insurance and energy industries.
Yard signs: Reisman
Phil Reisman examines the proliferation of political yard signs and junk mail as the Nov. 2 general election approaches. He writes:
… But the signs are not nearly as offensive as the stuff the candidates are mailing out.
On Tuesday, I attended a meeting of the Westchester Fair Campaign Practices Committee, which consists of 14 unpaid volunteers. Their thankless mission is to hear formal complaints from candidates who allege that their opponents are, well, making up stuff about them. After sifting fact from fiction, the committee goes into closed session and comes up with a ruling, which it immediately releases to the press. After testing the veracity of politicians who habitually paint in shades of gray, one would think that the committee members are past the point of screaming Ed Koch’s signature line, “Liars, liars, pants on fire!” But, somehow, they have retained their sanity.
Tuesday’s meeting was held at the Westchester Community Foundation which, coincidentally, is in Hartsdale where J.P., the above-mentioned letter-writer, lives. At this particular session, the committee examined seven separate complaints filed by Democrat Mike Kaplowitz, running for the state Senate against Republican Greg Ball. This race is close and as nasty as it gets. The committee boiled the complaints against Ball down to six — out of which four were determined “unfair,” one “fair” and one “no finding.” All of them had to do with mailings.
You can read the details elsewhere in the paper, but I’ll summarize one of the fliers. It depicted, among other things, a man sitting in an easy chair getting doused by sewage poured from an open pipe. The heading was, “Tax Hike Mike: Dumping on Peekskill & Cortlandt.” According to Ball, Kaplowitz “decided” to ship 2 million gallons of sewage from “his hometown to yours every day.” What’s more, Kaplowitz “didn’t want to deal with upgrading the sewer system in his town.”
This is worse than mud-slinging, if you get my drift. …