Editorial Madness

In honor of March Madness, Newsday’s editorial board asked readers to pick the editorials they loved to hate.

Starting with a bracket of 32 topics, readers voted to tell us where they thought the editorial board went off the rails. The competition was fierce, but in the end it came down to two topics: our support of the Common Core and our 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama.

Scroll down to see how readers voted or click here to see the whole bracket.

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Results

Common Core

Support the Common Core

Slowing or halting Common Core and standards-based evaluations would slow the movement toward the education system our kids need. Read the editorial

Barack Obama

Vote Obama '08

Barack Obama has advanced big themes at a time when the nation faces big challenges. We believe he is ready to be the president of the United States. Read the editorial

Common Core

Support the Common Core

Slowing or halting Common Core and standards-based evaluations would slow the movement toward the education system our kids need. Read the editorial

Cerro Wire

Vote yes on Cerro Wire

The Cerro Wire War has gone on too long. So has the fight against change and growth. Read the editorial


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Barack Obama

Vote Obama '08

Slowing or halting Common Core and standards-based evaluations would slow the movement toward the education system our kids need. Read the editorial

The Supreme Court

Unlimited spending by corporations won't ruin democracy

The Cerro Wire War has gone on too long. So has the fight against change and growth. Read the editorial


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Common Core

Support the Common Core

Slowing or halting Common Core and standards-based evaluations would slow the movement toward the education system our kids need. Read the editorial

Teacher evaluations

Stop fighting teacher evaluations

It's time for educators to get on board and help make the system the best it can be, as quickly as possible. Read the editorial


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Barack Obama

Vote Obama '08

Barack Obama has advanced big themes at a time when the nation faces big challenges. We believe he is ready to be the president of the United States. Read the editorial

A Black Panther rally

Support for the Black Panthers

The Black Panthers are not Sunday School students, but they have a message that rings true in the nation’s ghettos, and it is more than just their standard diatribe against the racist “pig” police. Read the editorial


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The Supreme Court

Unlimited spending by corporations won't ruin democracy

In Citizens United, the Supreme Court recognized that our democracy is strongest when it allows free and open political discussion, regardless of who pays for it, and when or where it occurs. Read the editorial

Shoreham nuclear power plant

Open the Shoreham nuclear power plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has pronounced the plant at Shoreham fit to operate. LILCO should be allowed to operate it. Read the editorial


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Deer on LI

Allow the deer cull

A plan to kill as many as 3,000 deer this winter -- while making many of us wince -- is a sound idea. Read the editorial

Cerro Wire

Vote yes on Cerro Wire

The Cerro Wire War has gone on too long. So has the fight against change and growth. Read the editorial


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Common Core

Support the Common Core

Slowing or halting Common Core and standards-based evaluations would slow the movement toward the education system our kids need. Read the editorial

Long Island Rail Road

LIRR riders have responsibility to mind the gap

It's too expensive to narrow the too-wide gap between train and platform, so commuters have a responsibility to heed the LIRR's words to the wise: "Watch the gap." Read the editorial


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Barack Obama

Vote Obama '08

Barack Obama has advanced big themes at a time when the nation faces big challenges. We believe he is ready to be the president of the United States. Read the editorial

Steve Levy

Questions swirl around Levy deal with Spota

Although Thomas Spota's statement about his investigation of Steve Levy was vague, we are satisfied that this was not a political prosecution and that Spota acted in what he saw as the best interests of the county. Read the editorial


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The Supreme Court

Unlimited spending by corporations won't ruin democracy

In Citizens United, the Supreme Court recognized that our democracy is strongest when it allows free and open political discussion, regardless of who pays for it, and when or where it occurs. Read the editorial

Climate Change

Climate change is real

The planet is warming, and the effort now needs to go toward dealing with that reality, not arguing endlessly over whether reality exists. Read the editorial


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Deer on LI

Allow the deer cull

A plan to kill as many as 3,000 deer this winter -- while making many of us wince -- is a sound idea. Read the editorial

OTB

Privatize off-track betting in NY

Horse racing no longer has great odds for the OTBs. But that doesn't mean a private company couldn't turn it into a winning wager. Read the editorial


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Shoreham nuclear power plant

Open the Shoreham nuclear power plant

A plan to kill as many as 3,000 deer this winter -- while making many of us wince -- is a sound idea. Read the editorial

Suffolk police contract

Suffolk Police contract a good deal for taxpayers

The contract keeps the county from paying out a lump sum of $30 million it doesn't have for retroactive raises and creates a 15 percent health care contribution for new officers. Read the editoriald the editorial


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Teacher evaluations

Stop fighting teacher evaluations

It's time for educators to get on board and help make the system the best it can be, as quickly as possible. Read the editorial

Marijuana

Legalize medical marijuana

Many New Yorkers with the money and means can easily obtain marijuana for nonmedical reasons. Why should we make outlaws of the sick? Read the editorial


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Nassau Interim Finance Authroity

Nassau County needs a bailout

Lawmakers in Albany deserve credit for reaching bipartisan consensus last week on a bailout plan for Nassau County that twins millions of dollars in state aid with much-needed state fiscal oversight. Read the editorial

A Black Panther rally

Support for the Black Panthers

The Black Panthers are not Sunday School students, but they have a message that rings true in the nation’s ghettos, and it is more than just their standard diatribe against the racist “pig” police. Read the editorial


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Schematic drawing of a tunnel

Build a tunnel under the LI Sound

If you're fed up with rising at 4 a.m. to begin a vacation trip, fed up with running this west-end gantlet, then it's time to demand a tunnel under the sound. Read the editorial

Cerro Wire

Vote yes on Cerro Wire

The Cerro Wire War has gone on too long. So has the fight against change and growth. Read the editorial


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Common Core

Support the Common Core

Slowing or halting Common Core and standards-based evaluations would slow the movement toward the education system our kids need. Read the editorial

Wage Freeze

Support Nassau's wage freeze

It may be tough medicine, but NIFA has made its case. These employees are highly compensated compared to other municipal workers in the region and they have not had any prior salary reductions. Read the editorial


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Barack Obama

Vote Obama '08

Barack Obama has advanced big themes at a time when the nation faces big challenges. We believe he is ready to be the president of the United States. Read the editorial

Mitt Romney

Vote Romney '12

It may be tough medicine, but NIFA has made its case. These employees are highly compensated compared to other municipal workers in the region and they have not had any prior salary reductions. Read the editorial


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Gun control

Steps to prevent gun violence

Outlaw military-style assault rifles, tighten background checks and make gun trafficking a felony. Read the editorial

Climate Change

Climate change is real

The planet is warming, and the effort now needs to go toward dealing with that reality, not arguing endlessly over whether reality exists. Read the editorial


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OTB

Privatize off-track betting in NY

Horse racing no longer has great odds for the OTBs. But that doesn't mean a private company couldn't turn it into a winning wager. Read the editorial

Belmont Park

Build a casino at Belmont Park

It's clear that Belmont's future is linked to the future of gambling in New York State. Read the editorial


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Nassau police contract

Nassau police pact handcuffs taxpayers

The county needs to wait and negotiate a better offer. It can't afford not to. Read the editorial

Suffolk police contract

Suffolk Police contract a good deal for taxpayers

The contract keeps the county from paying out a lump sum of $30 million it doesn't have for retroactive raises and creates a 15 percent health care contribution for new officers. Read the editorial


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Teacher evaluations

Stop fighting teacher evaluations

It's time for educators to get on board and help make the system the best it can be, as quickly as possible. Read the editorial

NY needs a tax cap

NY needs a tax cap

We need a property tax cap because nothing else seems to be able to control spending by school districts and local governments. Read the editorial


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Levittown, NY

Support for whites-only leases in Levittown

When the Communist Party advocates for racial equality, blacks should know that the motives are not philanthropic. Read the editorial

A Black Panther rally

Support for the Black Panthers

The Black Panthers are not Sunday School students, but they have a message that rings true in the nation’s ghettos, and it is more than just their standard diatribe against the racist “pig” police. Read the editorial


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Lighthouse project

Vote yes on the Lighthouse Project

Hempstead Town now has the responsibility to all of Long Island to ensure that the completed canvas delivers an exciting and vital interpretation of suburban life. Read the editorial

Cerro Wire

Vote yes on Cerro Wire

The Cerro Wire War has gone on too long. So has the fight against change and growth. Read the editorial


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Long Island Rail Road

LIRR riders have responsibility to mind the gap

It's too expensive to narrow the too-wide gap between train and platform, so commuters have a responsibility to heed the LIRR's words to the wise: "Watch the gap." Read the editorial

Fire Island breach

Don't close the Fire Island breach

Closing the breach would be a mistake. Let nature take its course. Read the editorial


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Marijuana

Legalize medical marijuana

Many New Yorkers with the money and means can easily obtain marijuana for nonmedical reasons. Why should we make outlaws of the sick? Read the editorial

Marriage equality

Marriage equality is a right for all

By making same-sex marriage legal, lawmakers voted for genuine equality and true family values. Read the editorial


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Long Island Power Authority

Privatize LIPA

Powerless to help us after Sandy, the Long Island Power Authority should be rendered permanently powerless. Read the editorial

Shoreham nuclear power plant

Open the Shoreham nuclear power plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has pronounced the plant at Shoreham fit to operate. LILCO should be allowed to operate it. Read the editorial


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Schematic drawing of a tunnel

Build a tunnel under the LI Sound

If you're fed up with rising at 4 a.m. to begin a vacation trip, fed up with running this west-end gantlet, then it's time to demand a tunnel under the sound. Read the editorial

Robert Moses

Build a bridge to Rye

The Oyster Bay-Rye bridge and the Port Jefferson area-Bridgeport bridge should be built as soon as possible. Read the editorial


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A statue of Saddam Hussein is pulled down

Case for war in Iraq is clear

It is up to Saddam Hussein to either disarm immediately or face the consequences. Read the editorial

The Supreme Court

Unlimited spending by corporations won't ruin democracy

In Citizens United, the Supreme Court recognized that our democracy is strongest when it allows free and open political discussion, regardless of who pays for it, and when or where it occurs. Read the editorial


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Nassau Interim Finance Authroity

Nassau County needs a bailout

Lawmakers in Albany deserve credit for reaching bipartisan consensus last week on a bailout plan for Nassau County that twins millions of dollars in state aid with much-needed state fiscal oversight. Read the editorial

Peconic County

Third county wouldn't work

A county formed of Suffolk's five East End towns seems to be a glorious ideal, but it doesn't seem to be a workable political goal. Read the editorial


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Deer on LI

Allow the deer cull

A plan to kill as many as 3,000 deer this winter -- while making many of us wince -- is a sound idea. Read the editorial

Fluke

Raise NY's fluke quota

It's time to give Long Island's fishing industry the break it has long deserved. Read the editorial


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Steve Levy

Questions swirl around Levy deal with Spota

Although Thomas Spota's statement about his investigation of Steve Levy was vague, we are satisfied that this was not a political prosecution and that Spota acted in what he saw as the best interests of the county. Read the editorial

Thomas Dale

Abuse of police power in Nassau County

District Attorney Kathleen Rice's findings pulled back the curtain on the cozy relationships that influence policing in Nassau County. Read the editorial


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Bracket

See how Editorial Madness progressed using the bracket below. The field started with 32 editorials. At the end, there was only one remaining.


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