Good Monday afternoon. Here’s a glance at opinion content published over the weekend and today:
Saturday, Aug. 6
Debt deal: Commentary
Carl Leubsdorf, former Washington bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, weighs in on last week’s debt deal. Leubsdorf, writing last week, correctly observed that’s it’s too early to fully assess the deal’s fallout.
Housing for the disabled: Commentary
Meghan Schoeffling, co-chair of the Westchester Disability Advocacy Partnership and director of advocacy for Westchester Disabled On the Move, comments on what she describes as “a severe shortage of affordable, accessible and integrated housing” for disabled people.
Sunday, Aug. 7
New finance chief: Editorial
We comment on news that Aimee Vargas, an economic development official in Clarkstown, was named mid-Hudson regional director for the Empire State Development Corp. We write:
The Vargas appointment was announced on the same day another batch of bad economic news spilled across the front pages and Web and showed, once again, that our economic fortunes are intertwined with those of people, places and governments that span not only counties but continents. (Notwithstanding their own deficiencies, the White House, the Congress, the Tea Party and our collective inattention aren’t to blame for everything, no matter how much harm they bring about or indulge.)
News Corp. scandal: Commentary
Edward Wasserman, Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University, comments on the phone-hacking scandal enveloping News Corp. in Britain.
Monday, Aug. 8
Nan Hayworth: Commentary
David Gabrielson, a Democrat and a member of the Bedford Town Board, cheers the Property Assessed Clean Energy Assessment Protection Act of 201, legislation sponsored by Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Mount Kisco. Gabrielson. The bill promotes energy-efficiency improvements for existing homes.
Related: Jeanine Meyer, a Mount Kisco resident, criticizes Hayworth’s performance on job creation in a letter to the editor