Good Thursday morning. Here’s a look at today’s opinion pieces:
IBM’s Watson: Editorial
We comment on news that Watson, IBM’s supercomputer in Yorktown Heights, will be used by WellPoint, Inc., the health-insurance giant, to diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments. We write:
Watson no doubt will make medicine smarter and more efficient. There is no telling how much wear and tear Watson will spare patients, who often bear the brunt of doctors’ indecision, befuddlement and practice of defensive medicine. Likewise, it is unclear what effect Watson will have on medical spending, insurance costs, or the continuing controversy about what to do with the 49.9 million people in this country without insurance. Watson, for all its bottomless smarts and guile, is just a human-powered and programmed computer. It doesn’t do magic — yet.
Primary results: Editorial
We comment on the outcomes of Tuesday’s primary vote and their import. Of particular note was Republican Bob Turner’s win in former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s district in New York City, but there were also critical races closer to home.
Miller House: Reisman
Phil Reisman assesses the future of the Miller House, the historic White Plains structure that served as George Washington’s headquarters during the revolutionary battle of White Plains. Reisman has particular fun with County Executive Rob Astorino who, as a legislator, supported the preservation of the home but has since vetoed plans to move and restore the structure.
Here’s a look at what our colleagues are saying today:
America’s pain is wide and deep: Editorial, Newsday
Congress must act on Obama’s jobs plan now: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A nation rich in shame: Editorial, Albany Times Union