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What advice would you give a high schooler graduating today?

Don’t be afraid to fall in love?

See the world while you have the time?

Skip the avocado toast so you can afford to retire?

The Class of 2018 leaves their high school lives behind this week to embark on the first real stage of adulthood. What advice would you give to an 18-year-old about to start their journey?

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What do you think about legalizing pot in New York?

Support for decriminalizing marijuana and making it available for sale in New York is gaining political momentum.

What are your views on legalizing pot?

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Your take: How will the new tax law change LI?

The new federal tax code caps deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000. There are predictions that these limitations will lower real estate values and squeeze school district funding on Long Island. Others are not so worried, citing lower tax rates and other benefits that will put more money in people’s pockets.

How has the new law changed your personal finances?

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Your take on the Mangano-Venditto trial

Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto are defending themselves in federal court on charges that they abused their official positions for personal gain.

What should Long Islanders do to hold politicians accountable?

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Long Island’s culture of power brokers: Your take

The former Nassau County executive. The former Suffolk County district attorney. The former Suffolk County police chief. The former Oyster Bay town supervisor. None have escaped federal prosecutors.

A Newsday investigation details the rise of Gary Melius, an outsider who became a power broker and owner of Long Island’s premiere political clubhouse.

We want to hear from you: What do you think about Long Island’s transactional political culture?

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About Newsday Opinion

The opinion section operates independently of the news-gathering process. It’s responsible for editorials, commentary, editorial cartoons, op-eds and letters to the editor.

The opinion pages are separate, independent and distinct from the paper’s newsroom. For instance, candidate endorsements or a stance on a development project, are the sole opinion of the Newsday Editorial Board. In other words, newsroom personnel – editors, reporters and photographers – are never part of the decision-making that goes into editorial positions. Our decisions are not influenced by the newspaper’s owners, who are not involved in this process.

We hope the following helps you get familiarized with the board and helps explain the difference among our features.

Editorials

Editorials are the consensus position of the Newsday Editorial Board. Editorials are not individually bylined because they represent a collective, institutional view. The Newsday Editorial Board meets daily to discuss news events and ideas, and to reach a consensus position. The editorial writers have areas of expertise and interest, or can be assigned an editorial. The editorial board often meets with community and interest groups that ask the board to support their causes. Editorial writers, all of whom are experienced journalists, conduct their own reporting. Click here to meet the members of the editorial board.

The editorial cartoon

Cartoonist Matt Davies draws an original cartoon six days a week. Two other cartoonists, Jimmy Margulies and Matt Bodkin, contribute regularly. We also subscribe to many cartoon syndicates in order to bring our audience diverse views and artwork on the news of the day.

Columnists

These are the personal views of opinion staff members and writers under contract to the department. Their work appears on a regular basis.

Op-eds

An abbreviation for “opposite the editorials,” these pieces do not reflect Newsday’s institutional viewpoint. We strive to publish pieces that offer contrary or alternative views, written by authors with expertise on topics relevant to our readers. We solicit these pieces, but also accept submissions.

Letters to the editor

Our letters section is a forum for readers to comment on the news, or to respond to our commentary. Because of the large volume of letters received, Newsday Letters Editor Anne Michaud cannot individually answer all of them. Click here to submit a letter.

Just Sayin’

This Saturday feature invites readers to introduce a public policy matter beyond what is covered in Newsday. Keep your contribution to Just Sayin’ to 200 words and email it to letters@newsday.com, and mention Just Sayin’ in the subject field.

Expressway

Expressway is a reader-written essay about life on Long Island. Submissions (about 540 words) can be emailed to expressway@newsday.com. If there are relevant photos that enhance your story, please include them with your submission.

The Point

The Point is the editorial board’s daily newsletter, which takes you behind closed doors into the New York political scene. It’s a must-read for those who want exclusive insights into local, city and state politics as well as policy. Sign up here.

Newsday’s editorial board

Meet the Newsday Editorial Board

The editorial board strives to be a reasoned and pragmatic advocate for Long Island and its values. We have decades of combined experience covering local, national and international issues, and board members debate divisive topics daily before coming to a collective opinion in our editorials.


Rita Ciolli

Rita Ciolli Editor

Rita F. Ciolli’s career at Newsday spans four decades. She is Editor of the Editorial and Opinion pages for Newsday and amNewYork, and as a leader in the organization she serves on the Executive Committee of Newsday Media Group. The Bronx girl began her career at Newsday as a summer intern in 1972. Two years later, during her senior year at Fordham University, she became a full-time reporter covering the Town of Hempstead. (And lately, she still is spending a lot of time covering the town.) After graduating from Georgetown Law in 1977, she returned to Newsday as a specialist on the legal beat, a smart decision because the love of her life was to be found in the paper’s Garden City office. In 1983, Ciolli was awarded a fellowship from The Alicia Patterson Foundation to take national the Newsday reporting she had done on the attempt by the Island Trees school district to ban nine books from its library. She has received multiple awards for her reporting and editorial writing. Ciolli’s assignments include almost a decade at Newsday’s Washington bureau assigned to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Department and FBI. After a long stint as a media and technology reporter, she was assigned to cover the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal. She joined the Editorial Board in 2005, and two years later took over as its head. Under her leadership, the board has expanded its digital and print offerings in addition to winning numerous awards. In 2013, Newsday’s editorials about the help Long Island needed after Superstorm Sandy’s devastation were recognized as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Eli Reyes

Eli Reyes Deputy Editor

Eli Reyes joined the Newsday board in 2009 and is responsible, among other things, for the section’s opinion pieces. Eli returned to New York City after a four-year run at The Washington Post, where he was the Politics and Government editor for the newspaper’s Metro Section, overseeing political coverage of Washington, D.C., and the Virginia and Maryland State Houses, as well as the region’s Congressional delegation. Eli is Bronx-raised, and previously had a 12-year stint at Newsday, where he held several editing positions, including demographics editor and business editor before heading south to Washington, D.C.

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Matt Davies

Matt Davies Cartoonist

Matt Davies is Newsday’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist. He won the inaugural Herblock Prize a year after Herblock’s death, received the RFK journalism prize, a National Headliner Award and a bunch of other equally unexpected shiny professional affirmations. Reluctant to do the work of grown-ups, Davies is also a children’s book author and illustrator. Born in London in 1966, Davies emigrated to the United States with his mom, dad, sister and their dog in 1983, and has somehow not manage to completely shake his Brit accent. He studied illustration and fine art at The Savannah College of Art & Design (GA) and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. After a couple of vagabond NYC freelance years dreaming of a future as a notorious syndicated political cartoonist, he began drawing editorial cartoons full time for The Journal News in Westchester County in 1993, and never looked back. Matt moved to a sand bar on Long Island with his wife and children in 2016, and still gets hopelessly lost driving to Newsday’s offices.


Mark Chiusano

Mark ChiusanoEditorial Writer

Mark Chiusano covers New York City as well as some state and national issues. You’re not going to get him too far from Brooklyn, where he was born and raised. Long Island’s just the right distance. He is the author of “Marine Park,” a collection of short stories that received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award in 2015. He once played semi-professional baseball in Switzerland, mostly because the Mets weren’t interested.

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Michael Dobie

Michael Dobie Editorial Writer

Michael Dobie joined the editorial board in 2013. He covers environmental issues, local government and local education, and a variety of national issues, writes about notable deaths ranging from John Glenn to Prince to Charles Manson, and produces occasional political-themed crossword puzzles for the board’s newsletter, The Point. He joined Newsday as a sports reporter in 1989 and became enterprise editor for sports in 2005. He moved to the local news desk in 2006 and served as education editor before coordinating the newspaper’s towns coverage. Dobie earned a B.A. in English from New York University, where he worked as an administrator before becoming a journalist.

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Lane Filler

Lane Filler Editorial Writer

Lane Filler joined the editorial board in 2010, and often covers state government, Nassau County, education, national politics, and whatever odd and quirky stuff he can get away with. The board mostly keeps him around because he is fluent in math. He previously covered the war in Iraq as an embedded reporter, has worked as a sports columnist, investigative reporter and feature writer. Filler received the Reason Foundation’s Bastiat Award in 2013.

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Amanda Fiscina

Amanda Fiscina Research and Digital Production Manager

Amanda Fiscina handles the daily digital presence of the Opinion section, runs our social media accounts and coordinates The Point newsletter. On a futile quest to lose her Long Island accent, she left Massapequa for Fordham University, but returned after graduation to work for the local weekly papers and Patch.com. She escaped again a few years later to attend Columbia’s University’s Graduate School of Journalism and to work for Aol/Huffington Post Media Group in New York City, but missed the dramatic village and school board meetings and was back to work at Newsday in 2014. Her interests include running and reading on South Shore beaches and advocating for a healthy and smart future for the suburb that keeps pulling her back.

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Sam Guzik

Sam Guzik Editor, Platforms and Strategy

Sam Guzik is the board’s editor for platforms and strategy. In that role, he works to use digital tools like video and interactive graphics to connect with readers and amplify the board’s message online. Sam was born and raised in Nassau County; although he lives in Queens, he only buys bagels on Long Island. Before joining the editorial board in 2012, he taught video production, data visualization and interactive design at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Randi Marshall

Randi F. Marshall Editorial Writer

Randi F. Marshall started at Newsday just weeks after college graduation more than 20 years ago, putting off unemployment to become a summer intern on the newspaper’s business desk. Lucky for her, Newsday decided to keep her around even after summer turned to fall. After a few years of writing about home ownership before she even owned a home, and covering what seemed like monthly bank mergers and hostile takeovers, Randi took a two-year break from journalism to attend graduate school, and she received her Master of Public Administration at Columbia University. But after realizing the public sector wasn’t for her, Randi returned to Newsday to cover the economy, biotechnology and a host of other business issues on Long Island and in New York City. After eight years on Newsday’s investigations team, where she found the most difficult part of her job was juggling parenthood, mortgage meltdowns and the future of the New York Islanders, Randi joined the editorial board in 2015. Randi’s other job is being mommy to a 13-year-old city kid, but in whatever spare time she has, she cheers for the Mets and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers, loves to read and explore the region, and enjoys all things Broadway and Disney.

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Lawrence Striegel

Lawrence Striegel News Editor

Lawrence Striegel supervises the production of the opinion pages. He’s the last one out the door every night. Striegel has degrees in communication arts from Marist College, religious studies from the University of Dayton and journalism from Ohio State University. He came to Newsday in 1987 and worked on the features and news copy desks before joining the editorial board. Before coming to Newsday, he worked at the Poughkeepsie Journal, The Associated Press, Dayton Daily News and USA Today. He enjoys running races on Long Island.

Editorials Year in Review

It’s been a busy year.

The nation inaugurated a new president. Federal indictments targeted top politicians in Nassau and Suffolk counties. A wave of disclosures exposed sexual harassment and misconduct by prominent men across industries and politics. LIRR commuters dealt with the Summer of Hell.

This year, the editorial board wrote more than 400 editorials – taking positions on the news, politics and policies that impact Long Islanders. Editorials are the consensus position of the editorial board. They are written and reported independently of the newsroom; news editors, reporters and photographers are not involved in the creation of this material.

With each argument we publish, we strive to be a reasoned and pragmatic advocate for what is best for Long Island. We hope readers will use this index of the editorials written in 2017 as a way to easily research our priors positions, suggest additional topics to us that are not being recognized and to hold us accountable for our views.

Want to respond to something we wrote? Send a letter to the editor.

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How Con-Con reshaped the election

The push to stop a state constitutional convention upended voter turnout in November.

Typically, more voters cast ballots in the top-of-ballot race than any other contest on the ballot. In November, that would have been the county executive race in Nassau and the district attorney race in Suffolk. Propositions usually come in dead last for attention.

Analysis of Long Island’s election results, however, shows that 6,111 more votes were cast on proposition 1 than in the county executive and district attorney races combined. That suggests that unions, environmentalists, the Conservative Party and other interest groups fighting the constitutional convention weren’t just successful in reminding voters to flip the ballot — they were able to draw Long Islanders to the polls exclusively to vote against the convention.

This map shows where the back-of-ballot vote was strongest compared with the top-of-ballot race. A negative vote margin means more votes were cast in the constitutional convention race. A positive vote margin means more votes were cast in the top of ballot race.

More people cast votes on the con-con question than the top-of-ballot race in nearly every Suffolk County election district. In Nassau, the county executive race was a stronger draw, especially on the North Shore. But in Bellmore, Merrick and the southern part of Oyster Bay, more votes were cast on con-con than in the county executive race.

How would you describe your feelings about our political climate?

The terrifying attack on members of a Republican congressional baseball team has drawn calls for unity and an end to our harsh rhetoric.

Despite the warm words, an end to the ever-expanding partisan divide seems out of reach.

In the past, trust in American institutions and government helped us navigate troubled times for our nation. But are those institutions too broken to guide us today?

Tell us your view on how to get out of this dangerous tailspin, how we can get back to respect for different political views and the ability to seek common ground.

Tell us what you think

So far, 910 Newsday readers have weighed in. Click a box to read some of the specific comments.