Is it fair to buy out Sandy-damaged coastal homes?
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed buying homes damaged by Sandy with part of the federal government’s Sandy relief package. Under the plan, $400 million would be set aside to offer owners the pre-storm value of their homes and to provide incentives for entire blocks that decided to sell. The goal is to reduce the cost of damage from future storms and restore the shoreline’s natural barriers. Tell us why you think taxpayer dollars should or shouldn’t be used to encourage homeowners to leave the shore.
Should George Zimmerman face federal civil rights charges?
The Justice Department is now deciding whether to bring a federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman that could put him on trial again for the death of Trayvon Martin. The government would need to prove that his killing of the 17-year old Martin was racially motivated.
Could a federal trial satisfy the demands for justice over Martin’s death? Or would it further divide the country?
What would cause you to use MacArthur Airport more?
MacArthur Airport has seen a 46.4 percent decrease in commercial flights since 2007. Some Newsday readers blame high prices and inconvenient flight schedules. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is working to attract additional airlines to MacArthur, and to build in a customs facility to allow for international traffic.
Help inform our upcoming editorial: What do you think would make the airport more attractive to travelers?