Good Monday morning. Here’s a digest of opinion content published over the weekend in The Journal News:
Saturday, March 26
High-speed rail: Commentaries
We carried two pieces that assessed President Barack Obama’s proposed high-speed rail initiative, which would invest as much as $53 billion on 13 projects across the country:
High-speed rail would create jobs: Commentary
Alexander J. Field, a professor of economics at Santa Clara University, argues that the Obama administration’s proposal to invest in high-speed rail would create much-needed jobs.
Rail proposal’s benefits have hollow ring: Commentary
Amy Ridenour, president of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, predicts that the president’s high-speed rail ambitions would amount to nothing short of a wildly expensive boondoggle.
Sunday, March 27
The Census and redistricting: Editorial
Last week’s release of reams of data from the 2010 census provoke us to argue in favor of the immediate formation of an independent, non-political commission to tackle redistricting. We write:
The Lower Hudson Valley has grown in number (and diversity) in the past decade, U.S. Census data show.
Population gains here, and losses in upstate and western New York, will certainly mean a lots of shifting lines for both state legislative and congressional districts. The idea behind redrawing legislative districts to reflect population shifts is to ensure people get an equal voice in Albany and Washington, D.C.
But campaign promises to establish an independent redistricting commission are taking a back seat to the reality of politics.
Once again, the Legislature will likely hold sway on how district lines change. Once again, the hope of more equitable representation will likely fall to the politics of party power and job security for incumbents. …
Indian Point: Commentary
Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, argues that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not, to date, been strident enough in its oversight of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan.
The Census: Reisman
Phil Reisman weighs in on last week’s massive drop of Census data; the region’s population grew in size and diversity.
Libya and the U.S.: Commentaries
We carried a trio of commentaries that assess American involvement in securing a no-fly zone in Libya:
Congress must be heard: Commentary
Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, argues that Congress should have a say about American involvement in creating the no-fly zone.
Vagueness of mission is a concern: Commentary
James Jay Carafano, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, expresses concern about the lack of clarity about the U.S. endgame for Libya.
Obama caught in historic bind: Commentary
No administration could have escaped criticism of how the ongoing crises in the Middle East are unfolding, Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes.
Monday, March 28
Ossining school bond: Commentaries
Residents of the Ossining School District will vote April 4 on a $69 million bond referendum to repair and expand four schools in the district, including Anne M. Dorner Middle School, Ossining High School, Claremont and Roosevelt schools. The plan also calls for relocating the fifth grade to Claremont from its current location at Roosevelt. We have two pieces that assess the plan:
Bond a good deal for district, parents: Commentary
Elizabeth Hoffman, a district parent, argues in favor of the proposed spending plan.
Taxpayers can’t bear bond’s burdens: Commentary
Linda Cabral Marrero, a former school-board candidate, argues against the bond plan.
Pfizer’s tax deal with Nanuet’s schools: Commentary
Scott Walters, a former school-board candidate in Nanuet, assesses a recent agreement between Pfizer and Nanuet’s schools over property taxes.