Good Monday morning. Here’s a glance at opinion content published over the weekend in The Journal News:
Sundday, Dec. 18
Tappan Zee Bridge: Editorial
We comment on news that a bipartisan coalition of Hudson Valley political leaders have called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to slow down planning for a new Tappan Zee Bridge; the group said any new bridge must include mass transit options. We agree. We write:
How fast should the fast-tracked plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge go? Local elected officials, along with environmental and transit advocates, have an answer: not quite as fast as Gov. Andrew Cuomo would like. In a joint statement Thursday, a bipartisan coalition said it was “not enough” to design a bridge with only the possibility of adding transit later, as the current plan shepherded by Cuomo does. Their concerns should be taken seriously — by Albany and Washington both.
While the new Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing project has proceeded at breakneck speed in the last two months, the key ingredient is still missing: money to pay for it. That means policymakers still have ample opportunity to consider what 11 elected representatives said in their statement, and what scores have stated at some 280 public hearings: “… the Tappan Zee Bridge must be replaced, but . . . a bridge without public transportation would gridlock the Hudson Valley’s economy and do nothing to prevent rising traffic congestion and air pollution.” …
Ronald D. Utt, the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Senior Research Fellow for the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, takes on the idea that America is facing an infrastructure crisis.
Yonkers and Sewage: Reisman
Phil Reisman speculates about some political horse trading and its impacts on how sewage from New Castle is dispatched to Yonkers.
Monday, Dec. 19
Iraq and Afghanistan: Commentary
Tom Hayden, a former California state senator and author of “The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama,” comments on the end of the Iraq War.
Health Care reform: Community View
Christopher Malek, a Lake Peekskill resident, comments on the impacts of President Obama’s health-care reform legislation.