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U.S. power is declining, but globalization is notThe June 8 Viewpoints article, “The new world disorder,” was an interesting commentary by former military correspondent Richard Parker. He points out that as globalization declines, America must reinvent itself with a new vision to influence the world.Globalization is not declining, but expanding and becoming more competitiv…

Time for taxpayers to make some noiseI just don’t get it. Our infrastructure is falling apart, yet Mayor Byron Brown’s administration is sitting on $31 million in unspent block grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Our veterans are not getting the health care they need and deserve. Buffalo has the distinction of being the fourth-poorest city in …

Gorge rim is poor site for new police stationIt’s deeply disappointing to learn that the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation intends to build new Parks Police facilities on the gorge rim, but not surprising, given its history of poor stewardship at Niagara. The agency, under the direction of Mark Thomas, continues to reveal its contempt for the phil…

President was right to exchange prisonersHow fortunate for Rep. Chris Collins, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Tom Reed that it was not their child held in captivity for five years. I don’t profess to have any knowledge of the circumstances of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s departure from his base. However, none of that has yet been determined.It is also my understanding that the f…

Mayor is a no-show on important issuesThere are many things that go on in the City of Buffalo that make me scratch my head. I’ve been scratching it much harder lately when I read News stories of how Bennett High School has turned into a swamp of failure and violent behavior along with a sinking ship called the “Buffalo School System,” which may be beyond salvaging in my li…

Recycling biosolids offers many benefitsBy introducing a biosolids (treated sewage sludge) bill, Assemblyman John Ceretto is trying to capitalize on local citizen upset associated with quasar energy projects in Wheatfield and West Seneca. But his legislation is not backed by decades of science and experience. This is an important kind of recycling that advances sustainable…

It’s wonderful to see prisoner of war freedI am a survivor of the 1950 Chosin Reservoir battle in Korea (U.S. Marine Corps). I don’t know how Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. In the long run, it doesn’t matter.The poor guy spent five years as a prisoner of war. Five years! Just to know that he is free now is good enough for me. It’s depressing…

Buffalo’s VA hospital provides excellent careAs one of the countless veterans who are patients at the VA hospital in Buffalo, I can attest to the excellent care provided by its medical staff. I can also cite the competence of the clerical and administrative personnel of that facility.How unfortunate that a shadow has been cast over this entire program due to the malfeasanc…

Citizens deserve truth from elected officials“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” is a famous poetic lesson that apparently is lost on some of our national leaders who persist in marginalizing governmental incompetence.As if we haven’t heard enough of “what difference does it make” or “there’s not a smidgen of truth to it,” we now have the la…

For some people, retiring at 62 is the smarter optionAssume you have two men, both the same age, with a life expectancy of 84. The Social Security income of the first man at age 62 is $1,000 per month. The Social Security income of the second at age 70 is $1,320 per month. At age 84, the first would have received $264,000 and the second would have received $221,760.Let’s a…

Many have let down Greatest Generation“God, give me guts,” uttered a D-Day soldier, as recounted by a survivor in a recent 70th anniversary televised documentary. And he did, as reflected in the exceptional bravery of soldiers, sailors, airmen and paratroopers with the massive 1944 Normandy invasion. Though casualties were high, it was the largest military invasion in hist…

Compromise is needed on school lunch policiesFirst lady Michelle Obama is upset that her federal nutrition program is under fire across the country. She opposes any effort to alter her school meal rules. Liberals blame Republicans for the revolt against her failed policies. But the truth lies in the student cafeterias. Districts are losing money, discarded food is piling h…

Hochul would be great as lieutenant governorKathy Hochul is an excellent choice for lieutenant governor. Back in 2007, when she became the Erie County clerk, the improvements at the Department of Motor Vehicles were astonishing. She instituted more convenient hours, the lines were reduced and somehow the staff was friendlier and more accommodating. After she left, a slow d…

Taxpayers foot the bill for ‘free’ military gearIn a New York Times article that appeared in The News on June 9, Chris Cowan, a spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina, said an armored vehicle with a mounted .50-caliber gun, ironically named “the Peacemaker,” is a “conversation starter” at local schools and community events.A question for C…

Dance studios must choose their music more carefullyI recently attended a dance recital for a local dance school. The students were outstanding; their teachers obviously were very good at training the students. I was impressed with the hard work that went into the performances.Unfortunately, I was very surprised that one of the musical numbers glorified domestic violence. …