12/08/18 5:55am
12/08/2018 5:55 AM

Professionals will one day write the history of the administration of President George H.W. Bush. They will scour official archives, speak with scores of people, examine policies, controversies, failures and successes, and then write substantial books that examine the record. Those accounts will no doubt look at the war to expel Iraq from Kuwait, Mr. Bush’s successful stewardship of the unification of Germany and the end of the Cold War as we all knew it then. READ

12/01/18 6:00am

Of the many insults that come with living in one of the highest-taxed regions in the country, where indictments of public officials on corruption charges seem almost commonplace, news last week of a law enforcement effort called “Operation Pay Dirt” only added to an already long list of red flags about life on this island. READ

11/24/18 6:00am
11/24/2018 6:00 AM

When the Federal Aviation Administration extended its North Shore Helicopter Route in 2016 for four more years, we argued in this space that it was another example of government sticking with the status quo rather than addressing a problem. At the time, we argued the FAA had failed to take into account any public input before making its decision. READ

11/22/18 6:00am
11/22/2018 6:00 AM

One of the clumsier phrases employed by sociologists and nonprofits these days is “food insecure.” The language police — and we count ourselves as on-duty officers — will sneer at the transfiguration of the age-old and still serviceable “hungry.”

But “food insecure” actually describes the Long Island households that are in emergency food programs more accurately than hungry. READ

11/03/18 6:00am
11/03/2018 6:00 AM

On election night 2016, Republican Suffolk County chairman John Jay LaValle praised Congressman Lee Zeldin by saying that he had gone to Washington, D.C., and become “a national TV star.” It was fitting praise, considering the direction politics has taken under President Trump. It’s all about ratings. (more…)