Good morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published in The Journal News today, Wednesday, Feb. 23:
We commend the Rockland County Legislature for beginning work on drawing new lines for all 17 of its legislative districts. The redistricting will reflect population changes recorded in the 2010 census. We commend Rockland for leading the way on this critical work and argue that the public should have its say in any redistricting plans. We write:
Rockland’s County Legislature is under the gun to redraw all of its 17 districts to reflect population shifts identified in the 2010 Census. The process has to be completed by June so candidates can circulate petitions for November, when all 17 seats are up for election. Figures from the census are expected in mid-March, but Rockland is already reaching out to the public, holding sessions in each of the county’s five towns beginning tonight in Haverstraw and stretching into next week.
Following the 2000 Census, there was plenty of time to draw and revise and redraw Rockland districts because legislators weren’t running until November 2003. This time, the crunch is on for Rockland, Westchester and Putnam. All three have county legislative elections this November, with that same June petition deadline looming. …
Public Employees: Commentary
Donny Donohue, president of the Civil Service Employees Association of New York, comments on the situation in Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker is trying to make sweeping cuts to public-employee benefits by eliminating their collective-bargaining rights. Donohue argues in favor of collective bargaining and says public employees are not to blame for the woeful fiscal condition of many states.
Deadly domestic cases plague community: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Fiscal prudence, or mischief?: Editorial, Albany Times Union
U.N. should take swift action against Gadhafi: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Put students first: Editorial, The Buffalo News