By Chris Moesch Monday is my 65th birthday. For years, I have made a lot of jokes about getting older, but in reality, I have been in deep denial, to the point that I received a second notice from Social Security because I kept putting off filling in the Medicare application. When I did start filling it in, I actually felt anxious. Sixty-five! At a recent lunch, one …

By Norbert Rug I am colorblind and I am often asked: What color is an apple? Most of us would say red, and so would I, but what you perceive as red may not be what I perceive as red. The color I see as red is the color I have always been taught is red. However, I cannot see ripe apples on a tree unless I get close and, even then, I primarily see them by their shape. …

GOP is leading country down a dangerous pathThe United States is in trouble. We have a party that panders, at worst, to our racist and bigoted past. At best, it is blaming the country’s problems on “them” in classic “us versus them” politics.The Republican Party started down this path under Richard Nixon, with his “Southern strategy.” It picked up steam under…

Republicans know little about decent behaviorOp-ed columnist Kathleen Parker thinks Mitt Romney deserves to be secretary of state in part because “he is a thoroughly decent human being.” What would she know about the right way to treat thoroughly decent human beings?What had she to say for the past eight years while Republicans treated another thoroughly decent human b…

Trump already addressing America’s critical problemsAfter reading all the negative comments since the election of Donald Trump, isn’t it time to accept our election process, and feel relieved that the right person will be inaugurated in January?I admit that Trump is not perfect, but he is addressing all the critical problems we currently have in this country, all of wh…

Trump will not be able to hustle Putin, MerkelThis is what bothers me about President-elect Donald Trump: He has no sense of history – a subtle process we underestimate at our peril that is acquired in one way only: by reading books.Trump isn’t a reader. He’s a businessman and a hustler, and very good at both, but these are not qualities to serve you well when you si…

Trump is a strong leader, which nation sorely needsIt was a hard-fought election campaign. Many nasty, derogative and threatening statements were made, but President-elect Donald Trump stood the test to bring home the win. Surely he knew the public has a short memory. After all, many politicians and members of the media slung mud also, but were stopped in their tracks by h…

Teachers’ absenteeism is puzzling to many peopleReading the Nov. 30 article on the chronic absenteeism rate for Buffalo teachers left me with much sympathy for those with such fragile health that, as Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore noted, “at least one” sick child in the building puts them at risk.I am a bit puzzled, however, as my pediatric colle…

DeVos is a poor choice for education secretaryIn the grand tradition of governmental overreach, and after decades of failed education reform, President-elect Donald Trump has tapped billionaire Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary. She follows John King and Arne Duncan as the latest of polished political hacks into a position where an experienced classroom teacher shoul…

Castro’s death evokes memories of the ’60sJohn F. Kennedy would never have believed it. Almost to the day of JFK’s assassination, Fidel Castro has died. Castro went on to live 53 years after the death of our beloved president.As most people over the age of 60 would remember, Castro and JFK were locked in a continuous struggle during Kennedy’s all too brief term as …

Trump doesn’t understand why America’s already greatPresident-elect Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 2 million ballots. A mandate does not exist when over half of the country does not support your agenda. Those between the ages of 18 and 29 voted 55 percent to 37 percent in favor of Clinton. Women voted for her by a margin of 12 percen…

Time for U.S. to flex some military muscleThe last time the United States vanquished an enemy was World War II. Here’s hoping President-elect Donald Trump names two renowned Marine Corps generals – Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis as secretary of defense, and John Kelly as head of Homeland Security.Mattis, a voracious reader of military history, saved the lives of countless so…

Cuomo must be nervous as buddies are indictedI have been closely following the pay-to-play, bribery scandal in state government since the investigation started. One thing that is particularly interesting is the claim by our illustrious governor, Andrew Cuomo, that he had no knowledge of the shenanigans that his longtime friend and adviser, Joseph Percoco, has been accused …

Donald Trump won neither New York State nor Erie County in last month’s presidential election, but he did something Wednesday that all residents of this state can support: He asked U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to stay on the job. Bharara agreed. The federal prosecutor has been the scourge of New York’s infamously corrupt government. He has made a difference in Alb…

As with just about everything else regarding education in Buffalo, the matter of teacher absenteeism is a frustrating head-scratcher. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, teachers in the Buffalo School District simultaneously posted some of the nation’s worst and best rates of attendance in the 2012-13 school year. It’s atrocious, and it’s terrific. …