Good Thursday morning. Here’s a glance at opinion content published in The Journal News today:
Anthony Weiner and ‘sexting’: Editorial
We comment on the flameout of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and the state Legislature’s recent passage of the Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act. We write:
… The [act] seeks to avoid such drastic, life-changing sanctions where a judge determines that such leniency is warranted; it gives judges the option to direct juveniles into a public education program, the aim being to penalize the bad conduct without leaving scars that could mark such youths for the rest of their lives. …
The bill creates a “diversionary program” for sexting and cyberbullying children under 16; they would undergo two years of educational or awareness instruction — no light sentence, and one that should help deter similar conduct. …
… The Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act was passed by lawmakers with Weinergate fresh in everyone’s mind. All of us stand to understand a bit more about the human condition thanks to his excesses — and the accompanying lying and stupidity. Text-savvy young people should have learned something, too, from his ordeal; for those who did not — and get caught — the courts should have the latitude to ensure that the punishment fits the crime.
Taxes and the rich: Reisman
Not every wealthy American believes they’re overtaxed, Phil Reisman reports. In today’s column, Reisman talks with several local members of the Patriotic Millionaires For Fiscal Strength, who believe it’s their patriotic duty to contribute more.
Here’s a digest of what our colleagues are saying:
Congress dithers as crisis worsens: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Cease the theatrics on deficit reduction: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Don’t rush fracking: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Space shuttle ending an era: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Anthony jurors did their duty: Editorial, Newsday
Frack, baby, Frack!: Editorial, New York Post