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The USS Fitzgerald was plenty seaworthyIn the letter titled, “Military maintenance could use more funding,” the writer states, “Destroyers nowadays cost more than a billion dollars, yet merely running into a freighter almost sank one.”This statement causes me to wonder about the writer’s nautical expertise. I served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years on active duty. I…

Turner wasn’t even close regarding price of weaponIn Douglas Turner’s recent column on gun control, he states that the Washington, D.C., shooter purchased his weapon for the price of two tankfuls of gasoline, or less. Checking the internet, I found that the price range is $350 to $600 for this type of weapon. I would like to know what type of vehicle Turner drives and …

Right to free speech carries consequencesSince Donald Trump ran for, and was elected, president our society has become unhinged and even more divided and devoid of common courtesy. We appear to have been given license to defend racist and other disrespectful behavior as “free speech.”Locally, Carl Paladino has come under fire for his Artvoice submission regarding forme…

Single-payer health care would benefit AmericansA recent Another Voice by Sally Pipes, warning of how single-payer health care “would be a nightmare,” is simply a series of unsupported falsehoods and easily refuted legends reminiscent of the notorious “Harry and Louise” horror story ads that were funded by the insurance industry to help scuttle the Clinton administ…

Monopolies are not good for consumersJust in case you aren’t paying close attention to the business sector, Jeff Bezos is trying to take over the world.The Amazon founder also owns Zappos, the Washington Post and soon Whole Foods. Amazon has put many a retailer, large and small, out of business.Monopolies are never good for consumers. They limit choice, decrease overall …

Paladino is a poor model for both students, facultyCarl Paladino’s right to free speech does not give him a right to it in his position on the School Board, where he serves as a model for students and faculty alike.Which is to say: Paladino has no “right” to serve as a model for poor judgment, at best, and execrable insensitivity at his worst.Douglas AerieBuffalo

Relevant laws of physics explain climate changeA recent letter questioned the science behind climate change. Some people just don’t believe it. Sadly, the laws of physics are unchanging and they don’t care what you believe.Here is a brief summary of the relevant laws of physics. Coal, gas and oil are hydrocarbons. They are made up mainly of carbon and hydrogen atoms he…

President Trump’s plan to revise his predecessor’s overtures to Cuba carries a significant risk for Buffalo. A promising partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Cuban research institution could be endangered if Trump isn’t careful. The lifesaving prospect is for U.S. acceptance of a lung cancer vaccine developed by Cuba’s Center for Molecular Imm…

By D. John Bray Retirement is a double-edged sword for many individuals. Unless you spent your working life in an occupation you disliked, many folks are ambivalent about leaving a job and the people they enjoyed working with forever. Many retirees miss the daily challenges of the job, solving problems and having the satisfaction of accomplishment. All of us reali…

It seems an odd decision, and one that has drawn scrutiny from critics including downstate officials and a Western New York senator, Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s move to micromanage downstate deployments of State Police raises questions of political motivations for him and adequate protection for upstate areas whose ranks are raided for the purpose. …

By Gerald Kelly I own a real estate financing company. But for the first 17 years of my career I was a city planner. I have lived in the Elmwood Village for the past 45 years. Hence, my interest in Chason Affinity’s project at the corner of Forest and Elmwood avenues. This past Christmas shopping season, for the first time in our nation’s history, internet retail…

Media need to watch Mueller like a hawkHow often in life do we get a chance to redeem ourselves? Robert Mueller is a perfect opportunity for the media to do so. Their approval rating is low because the public largely distrusts them. Examples? Let me count the ways. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, spying on the public, including the Trump campaign. None worthy …

Whoever redevelops Perry must build with great careI don’t know who is going to redevelop the Commodore Perry complex. One thing the developer should keep in mind is to never build anything with a flat roof. This mistake is repeatedly made all over the world.It’s like my grandfather said: You keep paying for the same horse over and over.Juris SmiltinsAmherst

Democrats keep repeating same tired gun control lineThe Democrats are at it again with gun control. The lack of having a firearm is the real problem in this day and age, because criminals will always get their hands on a weapon no matter what the cost!When are people like Gov. Andrew Cuomo going to understand this, instead of enacting a law like the New York SAFE Act, whic…

Watson column on guns lacks rational thinkingRod Watson doesn’t want to be anywhere near Chris Collins until the congressman can demonstrate a proficiency with the gun he is licensed to carry. Well, Mr. Watson, I’m sure that is on your mind as you walk the streets of Buffalo.You have no control over the proficiency of street punks with guns, yet you walk those very str…