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Military maintenance could use more fundingThe June 19 front-page article about the accident involving a Navy destroyer and a Japanese merchant ship (“ ‘Traumatic’ sea collision almost sank U.S. warship”) is worrisome. Destroyers nowadays cost more than a billion dollars, yet merely running into a freighter almost sank one.Maybe we should focus more attention on …

Developer is misleading the public on ElmwoodMark Chason’s June 19 Another Voice is meant to lull people into thinking the developers just need a few minor variances in order to push their project through. But the devil is in the details. They aren’t seeking width variance of just 10 or 15 feet, but a variance of 200 feet! The current rule is combining no more than two…

The study of Shakespeare offers lessons for todayIt’s good to be reminded what we are grateful for. The June 14 letter writer has done me this service when it comes to the plays of William Shakespeare. While the writer urges teachers to ignore Shakespeare when teaching literature due to the playwright’s “bigotry” and “religious hate,” I feel nothing but gladnes…

Republican push to oust special counsel is wrongThe Republican right-wing drumbeat is beginning to sound in regard to dismissing special counsel Bob Mueller. I believe President Trump is arrogant enough to do so without hesitation, and with alt-right GOP support and encouragement will do so.Many in the GOP put party interest ahead of what is best for the country. As a life…

Paladino was exercising his right to free speechWhether you agree or disagree, Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino is not the issue. Freedom of speech is the issue. Lately, it would seem that unless you are a liberal Democrat, your right to free speech has limitations imposed by those with sensitive feelings and a self-appointed censorship of ideas. Ideas that, if no…

The headline was both disturbing and, in an odd way, reassuring: “Secrecy surrounding Senate health bill alarms lawmakers.” It’s good to know that something in the public interest is still of concern to members of Congress, and this certainly merits it. The United States Senate has been meeting secretly to craft legislation meant to overturn and, in some way, repl…

By Dan Habermehl It had been a long time since my last visit. Perhaps 35 years or more. It was maybe 10 years more, the first time my family went out to Uncle Bob’s land. We were just kids then, sledding down the hill in the front field in what was always deep snow when we were still so small. When I was in Scouts, my dad and I camped out with the others one weeken…

By Frank J. Dinan The rejection of widely accepted scientific theories that clash with political ideology is nothing new. Donald Trump’s claim that human-induced climate change, a concept widely accepted within the scientific community, is just a “scam” is but another example of a time-honored method used to refute inconvenient scientific truths. Trump’s reje…

Taxpayers should know how their money is spentAs the 2017 Legislative session comes to an end, I wanted to express my disdain for the lack of transparency in Albany. On June 7, I participated in a press conference that announced legislation to require more transparency in how taxpayer money is spent. Every year, the governor strong-arms the Legislature into passing budgets…

Give the opponents of air safety this much credit: They’re persistent. And now they’ve enlisted a seriously big gun in their effort to water down important safety rules implemented in the aftermath of the Flight 3407 tragedy. But they’re still wrong, even if they have the support of the highest-ranking officer in the Air Force. Gen. David L. Goldfein should know b…

By Mike Mombrea As I reflect on the joys, and sorrows, I’ve experienced in the 96 years I’ve been on this planet, I look forward with hope on what the future will bring to those I will leave behind. I was blessed with a marriage of 70 years, before losing my dear wife. When people would ask me what the secret to a happy marriage was, I would tell them, never go t…

By Betty W. Carrington As Congress continues to debate health care insurance coverage formats, great concern is felt by individuals and families impacted by sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that is serious in nature and life-shortening. Identified in 1910 by Chicago physician James B. Herrick, who first published a description of sickled cells in a blood…