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High court. Low ethics.

   Today's Buffalo News Opinion section offers its not-so-instant analysis of President Obama's choice of Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor for his first nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. And we like Sonia what we see.
Historic choice for the court 
   The New York City native certainly seems to be someone who is qualified, by dint of talent, education and experience, to be a Supreme Court justice. Yet she is also someone who has been somewhere else, somewhere far below the high dais of an appeals court judge, where real people live and work and have little power over a legal system that may only notice their efforts and dreams when it takes the time to squash them.
   Favorable reviews of the nomination from The New York Daily NewsThe New York TimesRochester Democrat & Chronicle, The Los Angeles TimesE.J. DionneThe Salina Journal and Newsday, which said, Diversity isn't essential for justice to be done, but it adds to the perception that justice is being done.
   Less enthusiasm from The Wall Street JournalThe New York PostGeorge F. WillJonah Goldberg and The Orange County Register, which said: In several respects it was a shrewd choice, although some of the factors that made it shrewd speak poorly of the current state of American politics.
   Sotomayor's official court biography. More from Judgepedia. A White House backgrounder. Oh, and here is how you pronounce the woman's name.

   The second editorial supports the call from New York Gov. David A. Paterson for a new, truly independent state ethics commission, to oversee the doings of both the executive and legislative branches, campaign finance, lobbying and those who seek to influence the state's pension system.
State needs ethics reform 
   Paterson was exactly right the other day when he said, “The sad reality is that this issue is much larger than the Public Integrity Commission. The general perception is that the ethics process in Albany is broken and I believe it is.”
   The governor's press release is hereA video of his announcement presser is here. The Commission on Public Integrity's Web site is here. 
   More editorial support from Newsday.

   Today's Another Voice belongs to Vincent Graber, a member of the West Seneca Town Board, who opposes the move to downsize that body.

   And, in the My View column, Fredonia State College student Sarah T. Schwab says good-bye to a place that has, for the past two years, been a room of her own.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News  



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