Here’s a look at opinion content published in The Journal News today, Thursday, Feb. 17:
Rockland Psychiatric Center: Editorial
We comment on news that a state health department investigation found that finger-stick pens were being used on more than one patient at Rockland Psychiatric Center, a practice we say “raises questions about training, staffing and management at the 400-bed state-run facility, which serves patients throughout the Hudson Valley.” We continue:
… RPC, which is operated by the state Office of Mental Health, treats some of the most seriously mentally ill people in the region. Patients’ medical needs are often complex and challenging. Even more alarming, then, that such a basic procedure would go awry. State officials need to figure out — and quickly — what ails RPC.
Union Baptist Church: Reisman
Phil Reisman comments on the vicious fire that gutted the historic Union Baptist Church in New Rochelle on Monday and the challenges facing all of downtown New Rochelle.
Yonkers’ budget: Commentary
Keith Olson, president of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association, comments on that city’s budget process and the need to preserve public safety.
O&R rates: Commentary
Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence comments on news that Orange and Rockland Utilities will attempt to raise electric rates.
No nuclear option: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Cigarette tax revenue elusive: Editorial, Newsday
Violence against women: Editorial, Syracuse Post-Standard
The unnecessary middleman: Editorial, Times Herald-Record