Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has refused to reopen the Sprain Ridge pool in Yonkers as part of a reduction in county spending. Swimsuits are dry and residents are unhappy. LoHud.com readers express their opinion on government spending for public works in tough economic times:
“Be creative, teach your kids crafts, take them hiking. Learn to play tennis together or cook. It’s not society’s duty to keep your kids entertained; it’s yours. But you’d do better teaching them to do productive things.”
“The tax and spend liberals, drive the budget into the ditch by saying yes to every demand for money but now you are going to blame the person, who is trying to fix the fiscal mess? People warned you about the ramifications of the spending frenzy but you refused to listen because the taxpayer money tree has endless leaves?”
Con-Edison union workers are into their fifth day of striking, continuing to clash with bosses whom many are calling greedy. Employers have responded to protesters by cutting their health benefits. LoHud.com readers voiced their opinion on this major utility strike:
“What people may not know is that these guys aren’t fighting to get a raise or not to pay for their medical expenses (because they already do at a high percentage) these guys are just trying to keep what they have now namely they’re modest pensions. its just another example of the rich staying rich and the poor staying poor. these guys are just trying to live like the rest of us.”
“To send over 8,000 skilled and essential workers to the unemployment lines simply because the labor contract expired is absurd. This draconian action reeks of union busting. Unlike Con Ed CEO Mr. Burke, Con Ed workers are hardly over compensated.”
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