Good Monday morning. Here’s a digest of opinion content published in the weekend editions of The Journal News:
Saturday, May 7
Working moms: Commentary
Elizabeth Gorman, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, and Sarah Mosseri, a sociology doctoral candidate there, offer a commentary on the state of the American working mother.
Sunday, May 8
Mandate relief: Editorial
We comment on assertions made in an Editorial Spotlight interview last week by county executives Astorino, Eldridge and Vanderhoef. The trio argues that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed two-percent cap on property taxes won’t succeed without mandate relief. We write:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s taking his tax-cap rally on the road this week, pitching a plan that’s wildly popular with New Yorkers — 79 percent of state voters polled backed his proposed 2 percent cap on annual property tax increases for local governments and school districts. But the governor’s been much quieter about what drives up costs for local governments — unfunded mandates imposed by the state on counties, school districts and other layers of government.
“On one hand, (the state) demands we spend, on the other hand, they restrict what we can spend,” said Rockland County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger, a Democrat who stood with Republican Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef at a press conference on Wednesday, warning of impending fiscal doom for the county if the tax cap passes absent mandate relief. In Rockland, 100 percent of the property tax it collects funds just one state-mandated program: Medicaid.
A tax cap only addresses part of the equation. The governor should be no less forthright in detailing what kinds of mandate relief he will press for — and when he expects such relief to kick in; until then, taxpayers, government leaders and school districts can hardly appreciate the full magnitude of the challenge ahead of them. …
Westchester County Board of Legislators: Reisman
Phil Reisman pans the Westchester County Board of Legislators in his Sunday column, commenting on news that Legislator Sheila Marcotte, R-Eastchester, has proposed making public the no-bid contracts under $20,000 the Board doles out.
bin Laden: Commentary
Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer argues that Osama bin Laden’s death is a morale boost for the American psyche.
Carl Leubsdorf of the Dallas Morning News argues that the success of the U.S. Navy SEAL mission that killed Osama bin Laden is a boost to President Barack Obama’s image as a decisive and dynamic leader.
Monday, May 9
We offer a pair of commentaries that assess whether or not the U.S. should continue to send aid to Pakistan:
Aid isn’t the answer: Commentary
John B. Quigley, professor of law at Ohio State, argues against continuing U.S. aid to Pakistan
Alliance is key: Commentary
Bogdan Kipling, a Canadian columnist who writes from Washington, argues that the U.S. alliance with Pakistan is critical to long-term success in containing terror threats.