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State open spaces. County lock-up.

   In today's Opinion section:

- Holiday, with parks - Buffalo News Editorial
   This would be funny if it wasn't so pitiful. New York's pathetic Legislature, reluctant to make difficult decisions unless dodging them becomes too politically painful, thrashed about until the eleventh hour to Park find a way to reopen state parks before this holiday weekend. By 4 a.m. Thursday, they succeeded.
   That's not all good news. The parks will be open, allowing New Yorkers to commune with nature, because the governor and lawmakers will cut the needed money out of the state's
Environmental Protection Fund. How's that for irony? [See below]
- Padlocked parks lock out sense - Fred LeBrun/Albany Times-Union
- Financial problems may shut New York tracks in June - Reuters
   [Web searches today turn up a lot more about the threat of closing the state's race tracks than about the hope of keeping state parks open. Priorities. Plus, New York City, Center of the Media Universe, has its own parks. Without them, even the Greatest City in the World would be unlivable.] 

- Pass the better jail panel - Buffalo News Editorial
   Politics permeates most considerations of a fractured Erie County Legislature, and there’s no getting around that premise when it comes to efforts to set up a much-needed jail advisory panel.
   This issue has been part of the prevailing controversies swirling around Sheriff Timothy B.Howard, the person elected to the post and who is responsible for the jail system. According to a report by the New York State Commission on Corrections, the sheriff hasn’t been doing such a hot job. ...
   What is needed is an advisory panel with the kind of power that only comes through legislation that overcomes political influence and has the potential to outlast administrations.

   About that irony. OK. So she isn't using the word correctly. It still seems properly woeful for the circumstances:

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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