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Superstorm Sandy leaves questions in its wake

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

The Northeast is only starting to clean up and assess the damage caused by the most devastating, costly storm to hit the region in many years. But it’s not too early to start seeking answers to some of the questions left in Sandy’s aftermath.

• Will this finally get the presidential candidates to talk about climate change? And what can be done to better protect coastal populations?

Many scientists have linked the increasing number of extreme weather events to global warming. It’s unclear if Sandy is one of those events, but with melting polar ice and rising seas, what is more clear is that coastal cities like New York will be increasingly vulnerable to future such storms.
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Finally, D’s and R’s agree on something

Green Bay Packers' Tramon Williams (38) and Charles Woodson (21) vie for a pass against Seattle Seahawks' Charly Martin (14), M.D. Jennings and Golden Tate, obscured, in the final moments of an NFL football game Monday in Seattle. After review the play stood as a touchdown by Seahawks' Golden Tate as the Seahawks won 14-12. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Yes, we have reached bipartisan agreement – that the referees’ disputed call at the end of Monday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers shows why the NFL needs to get its regular refs back to work.

The call, which ruled that Golden Tate made a touchdown reception with 8 seconds to play, gave the victory to Seattle, 14-12.

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, a congressman from the Packers’ home state of Wisconsin, said: “You guys watch that Packer game last night? I mean, give me a break. It is time to get the real refs and you know what it reminds me of — President Obama and the economy. If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out.”

Obama weighed in, calling the call “terrible.” In a tweet that went out under his initials, the president said: “NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon.”

For an AP take on it, click here.

In Wisconsin, which has seen its share of partisan wrangling recently, both sides agree: The Packers wuz robbed. (They all sound like whiny sore losers to me.)

Here’s an AP article on it. Read more »