Good Thursday afternoon. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today:
Palisades Parkway rescue: Editorial
We cheer the rescue of Annamaria Badenchini, a West Haverstraw woman pulled from the wreckage of her SUV moments before it exploded Tuesday on the Palisades Interstate Parkway. We write:
… Todd Pezzementi of Stony Point quickly raced to the burning vehicle, joining other quick-acting men who pulled Badenchini through the passenger-side window to safety. They carried her out of harm’s way, and less than a minute later a fiery explosion engulfed her vehicle.
It ended up that Pezzementi, 39, had attended North Rockland schools with Badenchini. That was just a coincidence. He and the others risked harm to help someone in dire distress. Badenchini suffered serious injuries in the crash, including major trauma to her left leg and serious facial cuts.
“It was just a reaction. I would hope somebody would do the same for someone in my family,” Pezzementi told staff writer James O’Rourke.
We salute the rescuers’ quick action, and their hands-on demonstration of what it means to be a concerned citizen.
Murdoch’s scandal and newspapers: Commentary
Mike Hoyt, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, assesses the hacking scandal that’s enveloped News Corporation and concludes that newspapers, while increasingly challenged by the economy, still play a critical and powerful role.
He’s a glance at what our colleagues are saying:
Time to celebrate same-sex marriage: Editorial, Times Herald-Record
Stalemate on immigration reform: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Big-spending mindset on mortgage taxes: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Statesmanship, and sideshows: Editorial, Albany Times Union