It seems to us: Charles becomes a royal pain, legal togetherness, and summer at long last - The Buffalo News
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It seems to us: Charles becomes a royal pain, legal togetherness, and summer at long last

Apparently, members of Britain’s royal family aren’t expected to share their political opinions with the world. Prince Charles forgot that during a recent trip to Canada, where he told a Jewish woman who fled from Poland during World War II that in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin “is doing just about the same as Hitler.”

Besides riling Brits with his breach of political neutrality, Chuck touched a nerve in Moscow. The Russians called the remarks part of the “propaganda campaign against Russia … unacceptable, outrageous and low.”

Royal sources tried their best at damage control, describing the remarks as “well intentioned” and not meant to be made public.

Most American politicians have learned the hard way that private conversations have a way of becoming public. The king-in-waiting may have learned his lesson about sharing opinions, but frankly, he was on the right track with his remarks. At least, that’s our opinion.

The former first couple of Virginia is about to find out whether the couple that’s tried together stays together. A federal judge has decided that former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and wife, Maureen, should go on trial together on corruption charges.

A 14-count indictment alleges that they engaged in conspiracy and fraud to help out the head of Star Scientific Inc. In return,the government says, they received more than $165,000 in luxury gifts and loans.

If convicted, they face a lot of time behind bars. Twelve of the charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and two by up to 30 years and fines ranging from $250,000 to $1 million.

One thing is certain: They’ll be sticking together while the legal process plays out.

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, or so they say. The observation is celestially incorrect – summer doesn’t arrive for another four weeks – and, for those who are savoring the long-delayed spring of 2014, may even be unwanted. But there’s no point in fighting it, since the summer is so short here. Spring arrives in its own good time, but summer always seems to leave on schedule. So here’s our advice to mark this fleeting weekend:

1. Make sure your beer is cold. Drink some.

2. Buy charcoal. Use it.

3. Eat ice cream, preferably vanilla, perhaps with strawberries as escort.

4. Savor the evenings. Time is a banana peel at this time of year: Blink once and it will be the Fourth of July; twice more and it’s Labor Day. This is prime time, Buffalo. Don’t let it pass unnoticed.

5. Put a flag out. There’s room for celebration this weekend, but something important is requiring our attention, too.

6. Enjoy your families. Some don’t have that opportunity anymore.

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