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Opinion roundup: It’s the economy


Dropped credit ratings, stale job growth and political bickering. What does it mean for jobs, and the economy, in the Lower Hudson Valley? We’ll seek answers during an Editorial Board discussion on the economy in the Lower Hudson Valley at 2 p.m. Thursday LIVE on LoHud.com. A panel of stakeholders will weigh in on where we are, and where we’re going, as the economy heads down a bumpy road. Join us at www.LoHud.com/ editorialspotlight, and add your voice by using the CoverItLive feature to ask questions and make comments.

Today, the Editorial Board comments on the economic gyrations that impact the U.S. and beyond. In the editorial, “Markets pay price for U.S. dysfunction,”  the Editorial Board writes:

Because “compromise” and “cooperation” are such poisonous words in Washington, no one knows where the crisis will lead. The answers have implications for our wallets, investment accounts, local school and government budgets, and state pension funds.

Columnist Phil Reisman, too, weighs in. His column, “What we need is a financial czar,” says:

The S&P downgrade has only added more kindling to the raging economic inferno that is burning down the American house. …

I’m beginning to think martial law should be declared on the financial front. It’s a fantasy, I know, but maybe we need some kind of a financial czar to make the tough, painful decisions that no one in elective office is capable of making.

The Editorial Board, along with the nation, also honors the brave fallen and remembers the cost of war, with a record loss of 30 U.S. service members in a helicopter crash over the weekend in Afghanistan.  We said:

Around the nation, from nearby Stamford to Hawaii, families learned that their loved ones had paid the ultimate sacrifice. More than one recalled brave men, “gentle warriors” dedicated to their country, and their duty.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 12:27 pm by Nancy Cutler. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: economy, Editorial Spotlight, Uncategorized



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Welcome to the community conversation/editorial page blog for Rockland. It's your place for two-way talk with the people behind the opinions on The Journal News editorial pages and LoHud.com. Look here daily to talk back to the opinion writers, find out what's on our agenda, and steer us to the hot topics in your community. Contributing to this blog are deep-rooted Rocklanders Nancy Cutler, editorial page editor in Rockland, and Bob Baird, longtime Rockland columnist and editor, along with Ed Forbes, interactivity editor, with occasional contributions from other opinion staff.


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