Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Same old, same old

There's a letter to the editor in the queue from Sen. John Bonacic. No, he wasn't responding to my recent blog about him. It was about Sunday's editorial, in which our editorial board took struck a similar, bur expanded theme.

It was the usual stuff from Bonacic: The editorial writer never called him for a comment. The Senate made historic reforms this session. The newspaper is biased.

Senator, this state Legislature is the laughingstock of the nation. It has been roundly and fairly criticized by close observers from one end of New York to the other. Diverting attention won't work. The public is on to you people. Whether or not that will finally translate into wholesale changes the next election isn't likely, given the way the deck is stacked in favor of incumbents. But people who believe in good government - and count our editorial board in that number - sure hope so.

Anyway, Bonacic's letter will run in the paper within a week or so. (To answer the frequently asked question, those letters chosen for publication usually are printed within two weeks of arrival.) He's entitled to express his point of view and we're glad to give him the space.

Bonacic thinks we're biased. We are ... in our editorials pinpointing the failures of state government. If we were biased elsewhere, we would have thrown his letter in the trash.
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