Good afternoon. Here’s a look at opinion content published in The Journal News today, Tuesday, March 8:
Martha MacGuffie: Editorial
We pay tribute to the life of Dr. Martha MacGuffie, one of America’s first female plastic surgeons who made humanitarian causes her life’s work. The Rockland native died Monday at 87. We write:
In the 1980s, Dr. Martha MacGuffie ventured to Africa, to the heart of the AIDS epidemic, to learn about the deadly disease and to see how she could help. She was already known for her lifesaving skills as a surgeon in Rockland. In Kenya, she started an orphanage, then a clinic, a hospital, then a women’s empowerment project, through the nonprofit she founded. Her impact, though, rippled beyond Rockland and even Africa; she inspired other doctors to travel the world, sharing their skills and saving innumerable lives. Following her death Monday at 87, the doctor who healed so many will be mourned from New York to the Lake Victoria region of Kenya, where she was known as “Domtila Awiti,” or “the grandmother picking up children by the side of the road.”
Gambling addictions: Commentary
Ann Marie Linden, problem gambling prevention coordinator at the Student Assistance Services Corpporation in Tarrytown, comments on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to increase state revenue by expanding gambling in his budget. That same spending plan eliminates funding for 41 problem gambling-prevention programs across the state, a move Linden argues is a very bad wager.
Keoni May: Reisman
Phil Reisman writes about Keoni May, a real-life action hero who worked as a Westchester County probation officer with a prosthetic leg. May was forced into early retirement by a relatively mundane injury.
Can New York afford this?: Editorial, Albany Times Union
One standard for all schools: Editorial, Daily News
Curb Medicaid spending: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Too soon to tap strategic reserve: Editorial, Newsday