Good Monday morning. Here’s a digest of opinion content published over the weekend in The Journal News:
Saturday, Aug. 20
We carried two essays that assessed the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandates that the manufacture of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs cease on Jan. 1, 2012. By 2014, lower-wattage bulbs are to be phased out, the act mandates. The writers addressed whether or not Congress should take action to reverse the “ban” on incandescents:
‘Bulb ban’ hysteria is off-base, Matthew Auer, ean of the Hutton Honors College and professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Ban supporters spreading myths, Amy Ridenour, president of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research.
Sunday, Aug. 21
We call for a national program to assess and repair infrastructure. Such a plan should be aimed at job creation and we encourage Congress to pay more heed to Obama administration proposals for a national infrastructure bank. We write:
Politicians in Washington and elsewhere continue to chant a mantra of jobs, jobs, jobs but, as the financial markets continue to flounder and fears of a sequel to the Great Recession mount, we have yet to see a credible plan that would boost the economy, create jobs and help rebuild crumbling national infrastructure.
President Barack Obama has pushed for a National Infrastructure Bank that would make loans to support public-works projects of regional and national significance with private funding. Congress has essentially ignored that proposal. Let’s hope Congress pays more attention when the president makes the pitch in his anticipated post-Labor Day speech on jobs growth.
Infrastructure investment cannot wait for better economic times. But local and state governments need to do their share, too, by protecting precious public funds used for much-needed infrastructure fixes. …
Monday, Aug. 22
Mount Vernon’s Amani Charter School: Community View
Peter Murphy, policy director of the New York Charter Schools Association, examines opposition to Amani Charter School, set to open next month in Mount Vernon.
Clarkstown schools: Community View
James J. Carlin of New City assesses the tenure of Clarkstown School District Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan.