Good morning. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Greg Ball and homeland security: Editorial
We comment on news that state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, who chairs the state Senate’s Homeland Security, will host a hearing Friday in Manhattan that will focus on Indian Point’s security. Among those who will testify, we write, are “a pair of virulent, high-profile and unabashedly anti-Islam critics.” We continue:
…The odds of either Nonie Darwish or Frank Gaffney, Ball’s firebrand invitees, informing or improving our safety and security are absolutely nil.
Darwish, an Egyptian-American, is director of the group Former Muslims United and founder of Arabs for Israel. Gaffney is a right-wing newspaper columnist and self-styled expert on Islam. In interviews and writings, both leave a trail of sweeping and broad-brush condemnations of Islam and affronts to good sense. A New York Times article in August quotes Darwish, weighing in on a proposed mosque in Murfeesboro, Tenn.: “A mosque is not just a place for worship. It’s a place where war is started, where commandments to do jihad start, where incitements against non-Muslims occur. It’s a place where ammunition was stored.” Her 2008 book, “Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law,” asserts that Islam is “not a true religion” and that “inside Islam, it’s a rotten religion.” …
Hard luck in Yonkers: Reisman
Phil Reisman revisits Kathleen O’Neill, a Yonkers resident whose story was first told on our pages 14 years ago in a column from the late Nancy Q. Keefe. O’Neill owes $4,954 in back rent and has little hope of finding funds to resolve her debt, Reisman writes.
Here’s what our colleagues at newspapers across New York are saying today:
Public must speak up amid budget showdown: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
More scrutiny for aged aircraft: Editorial, Newsday
Consider this: Keep the government running: Editorial, Syracuse Post-Standard
Education reform is too important to rush: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
U.N. policy on intervention evolving: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times
School boards need dynamic leadership: Editorial, Utica Observer-Dispatch