January 4, 2013


Right, or right ...?

The world of Westchester journalism is abuzz with the decision of The Journal News to print the names and home addresses of registered gun owners. Defenders of the decision claim that compiling and publishing information already available from public records could further discussion regarding an issue of great concern to us all. There is, they say, a legitimate public safety case to be made for alerting residents as to where dangerous weapons are being kept.

Critics of the decision argue that releasing personal and private information compromises the safety of the gun owners, putting them and their families at risk. Registered gun owners have broken no laws, and the publishing of their names could be construed to suggest that they have. Thousands of unregistered guns flood the nation’s streets, and these are more likely to be used in gun crimes than weapons kept safely under lock and key. It is the names of these criminals and gun traffickers that should be published in the paper rather than the legally registered owners.

The issue of gun control is one that our nation will be grappling with for the next few months; Gun ownership disclosure should be one of the discussion points.

At The Record-Review we don’t run the names of minors involved in misdemeanor crimes, and we don’t include the names of victims or their families in our police blotters. Campaign contributions are public record, but we don’t print the home addresses of those who pull the lever one way or another. While we respect the intent to inform and enlighten the reading public, we would have had a tough time being persuaded to make the same decision as The Journal News.

However, the response to the report — in some cases, threats, boycott, social media hacking and other attempts at intimidation — should not overshadow the newspaper’s right to share what it considers news. That is the essence of our First Amendment. We are in a dangerous time, and threats from the left or right make it very difficult to print what the public may view as disagreeable or distasteful. What’s important is that during the debate, people do not chop down such a critical instrument of democracy — the free press.


Preserve Twin Lakes

Neighbors and environmental groups have worked diligently to keep the property known as Twin Lakes in its natural state as much as possible. Twin Lakes is located in Bedford near the Connecticut border. With steep slopes and proximity to drinking water supplies for hundreds of thousands of residents, the property plays a crucial role in preserving our habitats and waterway.

One of the environmental groups that has taken a lead in the protection of Twin Lakes is Bedford’s Mianus River Gorge Preserve. For decades, every development effort has been challenged by the preserve and others. Some of the leading local environmental voices who have lent their support to the protection of Twin Lakes are Bedford’s Marian Rose of the Croton Clean Watershed Coalition; former gorge director Anne French, gorge trustee and environmental advocate Chris Roosevelt; as well as the gorge’s executive director Rod Christie.

The group is now seeking to raise the funds needed to purchase 20 acres of ecologically sensitive land on Twin Lakes. In the 1990s, four houses were built on the eastern side of the property. While the property will never be restored to its pristine state, further development can be prevented. With an existing easement on portions of the property, the gorge will acquire 35 to 40 acres of land. Sixty percent of Twin Lakes property will be protected, including the lake, wildlife corridor and plateau.

The Nature Conservancy and the Town of Bedford have raised $3.85 million toward the total purchase price of $4.25 million. Residents have shown they can work together to preserve land — they’ve done it time and again with the help of neighbors, the town and the Westchester Land Trust. The town showed its dedication to protecting our land last year on Election Day when voters asked that a portion of the town’s tax revenue be set aside for the purchase of critical open space parcels.

The Dec. 31 fundraising deadline to participate in the conservation of this open space parcel has been extended until May; an additional $350,000 is still needed.

To help save Twin Lakes, contact Rod Christie at rchristie@mianus.org or at 234-3455.


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Katonah

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