Good morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published in The Journal News today, Thursday, March 3:
David R. Fahey Jr.: Editorial
We honor the service of Army Pfc. David R. Fahey Jr., a Yorktown native who was killed by a roadside bomb on Monday in Afghanistan. We write:
… Fahey, 23, was serving in pivotal Kandahar province. After morning patrol, insurgents attacked his unit, and an “improvised explosive device” detonated beneath his Humvee, according to the military and his family. Two other soldiers in his vehicle were critically injured. In 2010, some 268 U.S. troops were killed by IEDs in Afghanistan, about as many as the three previous years combined. IEDs are the largest single cause of casualties for U.S. troops. They are helping to bring the Afghan war — a key issue for just 2 percent of voters in the fall election — home to more and more U.S. families with each passing week.
Fahey, whose early childhood was spent in Norwalk, Conn., joined the Army in 2007. He was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. His unit deployed to Afghanistan in June 2010. He planned to join the New York City Police Department upon completion of his military duty. …
Public employees: Commentary
Bruce Levine, a Montebello resident and former chairman of the Rockland County Legislature, offers a Community View on the ongoing conversation about public employees, their unions and their benefits. Levine argues that out-of-control spending, not public employees, are to blame for the state’s challenged fiscal position.
Westchester Board of Legislators: Reisman
Phil Reisman weighs in on the ongoing conflict between the Westchester County Board of Legislators and County Executive Rob Astorino over the county’s finances. He pays particular attention to Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, and Legislator Peter Harckham, D-Katonah.