Good afternoon. Here’s a look at opinion content published in The Journal News today, Tuesday, Feb. 15:
Union Baptist Church
We comment on the massive fire that gutted the historic Union Baptist Church building at the corner of Main Street and Locust Avenue in New Rochelle. Though the congregation’s structure was badly damaged, we are confident its spirit was strengthened. We write:
“… As the fire raged and smoke billowed, congregants stood across the street from the church, bundled up, holding hands, swaying together as they sang hymns. Their presence was testament to what so many churchgoing people know, even when there are no fires, no floods or other threats to their spiritual homes: the church resides inside the people, and all their good works in the communities they serve. New Rochelle and its neighbors mourn the loss of a building; we are thankful that the church family has made its presence felt, time and again, throughout the city and beyond, and likely will continue to do so into the next century.”
Police, firefighter pensions: Commentary
Robert Buckley, president of the Westchester County Corrections Superior Officers Association, responds to a Sunday article that assessed a growing gap between pensions collected by retired municipal employees and retired police officers and firefighters. Buckley says there’s more to the story.
Phil Reisman examines the recent news that Susan Tolchin and Hugh Fox Jr., both retired public servants, collect both pensions and salaries in new public positions.
Put the relief back in STAR: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Federal-budget game of chicken: Editorial, Newsday
New York needs a prison break: Editorial, Daily News
No new land for now: Editorial, Adirondack Daily Enterprise