Here’s a look at opinion content published Wednesday, Jan. 19 and today, Thursday, Jan. 20:
Wednesday, Jan. 19
Babies’ deaths: Editorial
The two recent killings of infants at the hands of their fathers — Michele Aviles, 5 months old, of Haverstraw and Khalil Leak, 2, of New Rochelle — demand answers. We write:
In the span of a week and some 35 miles, two babies were beaten to death, their fathers accused of murder, and an 11-day-old smothered in a baby carrier. So much vulnerability, so much lost. The deaths are unrelated. Some of the circumstances overlap; some details are starkly different. What remains is our collective responsibility to learn what lessons can be gleaned from these cases, pursue what justice is required, and take what precautions we can to keep children safe. …
Thursday, Jan. 20
Assessment appeals: Editorial
We comment on news that property assessment appeals spiked in Westchester and Rockland Counties in 2010. In Westchester, there were 9,714 such appeals in 2010, up from 5,772 in 2009. In Rockland, the number rose to 2,212 in 2010 from 587 in 2009. We write:
… One locale not reporting gonzo business on tax challenges is Putnam. Last year, there were only 151 assessment appeals or tax certioraris filed, out of a pool of some 42,000 taxable properties, about the same as the previous year. George Michaud, the county’s real property director, told The Journal News that the low rate of challenges was attributable to the fact that four of the county’s six towns assess property at full-market value and update their assessments frequently. This leads to fairer distribution of the tax burden.
In other words, people squawk less when they believe they are being treated fairly.
An ‘A-ha’ moment in the state Senate: Editorial, Albany Times Union
What Duvalier deserves: Editorial, Syracuse Post-Standard
State sets sights on Medicaid costs: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Both sides misfiring on reform: Editorial, Newsday
A start on earmarks: Editorial, The Buffalo News