News Corp pulls bid for Newsday | Reuters

News Corp pulls bid for Newsday | Reuters

Yes! Oh, there is no cause elation. According to Tim Bolger in the weekly paper, The Long Island Press (published before this latest news), no matter who gets the paper it looks like the immediate future will involve personnel cuts and reduced quality. And the paper has been kind of thin of late as it is.  Newsday’s had its ups and downs over the years. It’s always pro-growth. That’s the nature of things, but there was a period when it was indiscriminately  pro-development of any kind.  Come election day you could look in Newsdays voter guide and if there was a proposition to vote on that had environmental impact of any kind you couldn’t go wrong by voting whichever way was the opposite of what the paper recommended. It’s calmed down a lot since those days, though and tends to back more responsible development.

One of our less attractive qualities here is NIMBYism. We tend to say Not In My Back Yard to worthy projects as well as objectionable ones.  I don’t much like that about us, but there are exceptions. I welcome affordable housing, for instance, but I’m not ashamed to say that I don’t want Rupert Murdoch in my back yard.

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