Here’s a glance at Opinion-related news for Thursday:
A report by the state education commissioner makes clear that East Ramapo’s school board failed to fulfill its responsibilities to its taxpayers regarding sale of Hillcrest Elementary School to Congregation Yeshiva Avir Yakov of New Square. In ordering the sale nullified, Education Commissioner David Steiner concluded that the board had “abused its discretion by hastily approving the sale.” The editorial states:
The commissioner made plain … that the school board failed taxpayers: “… (A) board of education has a fiduciary duty to secure the best price obtainable” on behalf of its taxpayers. There was nothing in the record to show that the trustees took even modest steps to ensure taxpayers were treated fairly.
Letters: Stop hate; government meddling
Valhalla letter-writer John Fitzgerald (Bipartisan meddling harms business) says “Three recent legislative actions prove the point that government is not the solution; government is the problem” and cites three examples, including:
… Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Assemblyman Bob Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge, and others are throwing federal funds, borrowed from China, at local not-for-profit foundations to “educate” the unemployed. While students graduating from college can’t find jobs, foundations that feed at the public trough will somehow endow the chronically unemployed with magical work skills.
Letter-writer Joseph Coe of Pomona, in his letter ‘Rockland residents, don’t tolerate hate,’ calls for vigilance and outspoken advocacy to fight intolerance. He supports Not in Our Town/Rockland, and says:
We have learned tragically from history that complacency is acceptance.
In other opinion around the region, Editorial Boards weigh in on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ethics reform bill:
The New York Post: On ethics: limited but necessary
The Albany Times Union: Reform leaves an ethics vacuum
The Times Herald-Record: Good ethics law better than none