What They're Saying
May 9th, 2007
After praising outgoing Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair Peter Kalikow as “a strong and increasingly independent voice for the transportation needs of the region,” Newsday says that Kalikow’s successor will have to find the money for ambitious projects such as the Second Avenue subway and extension of the Number 7 line. And so, the editorial says, the next chair –whoever that might be — should seriously consider Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s congestion pricing proposal.
Looking at the new school budgets announced yesterday, the Post faults Schools Chancellor Joel Klein for giving in to the teachers union by insuring that no school lose money under the new funding formula. Klein’s efforts to placate the union and its president Randi Weingarten are almost destined to fail, the Post says, as Weingarten continues her attacks on mayoral control of the school system – and incidentally on the Post too.
In a column in the Daily News, Jonathan Zimmerman of NYU says critics of a proposed school offering Arabic language classes are being shortsighted. “To win the war on terrorism, we’re going to need many more people who know Arabic, get the difference between Sunnis and Shiites and understand the complex culture of the Middle East,” he writes.By Gail Robinson on May 9, 2007, 7:54 am
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