Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Wednesday, Dec. 15:
Richard Holbrooke: Appreciation
We remember the life of Richard Holbrooke, a 1958 graduate of Scarsdale High School, a veteran American diplomat who was serving as the Obama administration’s envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Holbrooke died Monday at 69. We write:
… Students at Scarsdale High were among the young people urged to pursue public service by Holbrooke, who was a member of Scarsdale’s class of 1958.
In 1996, just a year after his crowning diplomatic achievement — negotiating an end to the Bosnian War — Holbrooke participated in a symposium for Scarsdale students called “Going Beyond Fear and Hatred.” The man whose bulldozer diplomacy had forged a peace agreement among the presidents of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, shared his insights on the symposium’s topic: genocide, hatred and human-rights abuses
Holbrooke told the students to consider a career in public service, because “the U.S. has to stay influential in world affairs.” After his appearance at the school, Eric Rothschild, then head of Scarsdale High’s social studies department, told The Journal News that the diplomat introduced the students to the complex world of diplomacy. Rothschild said: “In response to one student’s question, he talked about how ironic it was that people killing each other could sit down and have a breakfast and talk to each other, and how sad it was that somehow they couldn’t sit down before they started killing each other.” …
Adam Bradley: Commentary
Bennett L. Gershman, a professor at Pace Law School, comments on White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, convicted Friday on five charges related to a domestic abuse case involving his wife, Fumiko. Gershman pays particular attention to Bradley’s comments following the trial’s conclusion. He writes:
Having watched most of Mayor Adam Bradley’s domestic-abuse trial, I was struck by statements he and his attorney Luis Penichet made after Judge Susan Capeci’s verdict convicting him of several charges. Mr. Bradley proclaimed he did not receive a “real trial,” and Mr. Penichet accused Judge Capeci of making rulings on evidence that prevented the defense from fully proving its case, in effect denying Mr. Bradley a fair trial. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Choosing to be tried by a judge instead of a jury, Mr. Bradley understood that Judge Capeci would rule on the facts as well as the law. As I saw it, Judge Capeci afforded Mr. Bradley extraordinary latitude in cross-examining prosecution witnesses, presenting his own witnesses, and making arguments and offering evidence that often appeared redundant, repetitive and irrelevant. Judge Capeci throughout the trial was fair, balanced, thorough, and remarkably patient. Mr. Bradley in my opinion received as fair a trial as any litigant could possibly receive anywhere in the U.S. That Mr. Bradley didn’t like the result, and is now crying foul, tells more about Mr. Bradley’s character than it does about the character of the trial or the conduct of the judge. …
Health-reform law and repeal: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Leibell: The spreading stain: The Buffalo News
Mr. Paterson snubs N.Y. again: Albany Times Union
Forfeit that pension: Syracuse Post-Standard
Leibell’s downfall points the way to reform: Poughkeepsie Journal