Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

06/16/2015 | | Opinion

Predictably, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to grant some relief to parents of nonpublic school children as they struggle to shoulder the costs of tuition has come under attack from public school union leaders, like American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten in this venue recently. (“Supporting Public Education Is A Jewish Value,” online Opinion.)

06/11/2015 | | Opinion

There is a proposed bill in the legislature that, if passed, will remove the authority of the elected Board of Education of the East Ramapo Central School District, and appoint an outside “monitor” to control the District.  Some of the bill’s supporters have said that this extreme, unprecedented measure is justified because the elected Board has denied public school students a sound basic education, has “grossly mismanaged funds,” has unlawfully “diverted” funds from public schools to private schools, and because the District is on the “brink” of fiscal disaster.

06/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I want to share a secret about American Orthodox rabbis: We have no power. We serve at the pleasure of lay leaders who sign our paychecks. We often live in homes we do not own. With relatively few exceptions, we are employed under contracts that must be renewed every few years. If we make a few false moves or anger the wrong laypeople, our contracts can be bought out or it can otherwise be made clear that we are no longer wanted, that our time here is up.

06/10/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

We have been here before: persistent rumors and reports of sexual misconduct by a rabbi over the course of decades culminate in a scandalous expose in a newspaper (The Jewish Week, “With Sauna ‘Secret’ Out, Riverdale Faces Tough Choice,” June 5).

06/09/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

Let’s talk about fathers. 

Did you know that Father’s Day is a much more recent holiday on the calendar than Mother’s Day? Back in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as the official observance of Mother’s Day.

06/08/2015 | | Opinion

Stewart Ain’s front-page article, “Bloomingburg Tensions Now Affecting Government” (May 22), about the conflict raging in the village of Bloomingburg, in Mamakating Township, Sullivan County, New York, provided some, but not all of the scandalous story roiling this unassuming rural community. For nearly a decade, corruption and cronyism have pervaded both the village and town governments, facilitating inappropriate and irresponsible development that threatens to ruin our rural character and harm our natural resources.