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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…

By Marty Walters Eight years ago, I first met Francis A. Kennedy. That meeting changed my life. A guy named Dan gave me Frank’s number during a “green business” function at the Buffalo Museum of Science. I was scouting ideas for possible environmental-themed documentaries. At that point in my life, I was looking for a new direction. I thought maybe I could r…

The passing of two major figures in higher education is worth noting. They left a lasting influence on their institutions. The Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, 23rd president of Canisius College, died June 22 at age 81 from pancreatic cancer at Fordham University in New York City. William J. Mariani, president of ECC from 1997 to 2006, died Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute at …

By Margaret Wooster Any major plan or project proposed for the Outer Harbor must account for extreme weather events. Lake surges, high winds, squall lines and flooding were recently discussed in a local government training workshop, Preparing for Extreme Weather through Land Use Planning, presented by Erie County, New York State Sea Grant and the state departments of…

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. …