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Time and again some airline industry mouthpiece will declare that the new pilot experience requirement is too high and contributing to a pilot shortage. The public has become accustomed to this specious claim. But when the transportation secretary makes the same statement at a public event, it takes on a more threatening tone. Secretary Elaine Chao adopted the indust…

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It’s Shakespearean: Sound and fury signifying nothing. The fast-approaching end of the New York State Legislature’s 2018 session is subsumed in chaotic activity meant to produce … not much. It’s true across the board, especially regarding the ethics reform that is desperately needed in one of the country’s most corrupt state governments. Nevertheless, and unsurpri…

By Sandra B. Rifkin My best friend growing up was my dad. Louis Berliner was born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in 1907. His story was typical. Dad’s father came here first to save enough money in order to send for his family. My grandfather sold rags and junk from a horse-drawn wagon in the small town of Coatesville, Pa. When he ha…

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It is genuinely a good thing that leaders of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority cleaned up the disgusting piles of debris that had accumulated up around vacant units at the Commodore Perry Apartments. It may qualify as the least they could do; nevertheless, it needed to be done. Still, the vermin-attracting heaps of trash weren’t the main issue. They were but a sym…

By Tom O'Malley The journey home for Odysseus was a long and torturous one. Beset by mythic monsters, seductive goddesses and the cold chill of loneliness, the warrior king never fell prey to despair. There is a story in “The Odyssey” in which Odysseus and his crew must sail past the Sirens, who sang so sweetly that sailors would run their ships upon the rocks in order …

Facebook is starting to feel a little grimy. Not only has it played fast and loose with users’ privacy, but it has played footsie with at least one foreign company that American intelligence officials have called a threat to national security. Anything for a buck has rarely looked so bad. Unless it changes its ways soon, Facebook is on a path to a radical re-evaluation …

By Stan Martin Fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, friends ... June is dedicated to the important men in our lives as we encourage and support them on the road to a healthier life. Beginning with Men’s Health Week, running through June 17, we focus on health issues that affect men disproportionately, and reinforce the need to become more aware of problems they may alrea…

A recent gun control advocate commented about New York’s Sullivan Act. It made it sound like gun ownership requires a permit. What the writer forgot to say was that the law only applies to handguns.Other letter writers often comment about the need to ban assault weapons. The truth is that they were banned nationwide in 1939. The current style black firearms are merely simp…

Congressman Brian Higgins letter to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General hopefully gets action needed to turn a dysfunctional Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority around.For years I have tried to bring attention to the mismanagement, incompetence and corruption at BMHA, filing two complaints myself with the HUD Inspector General that led to audits.One s…

Why are some people so eager to herd us onto trains? We may be only a couple of years from being able to deploy electric, self-driving shuttle buses that can go anywhere, and they’re talking about spending two billion dollars on making our little subway line a couple miles longer? This is insane.The future of transit is not set schedules on fixed tracks, it’s on-demand and…

I was watching a program on TV and during an interview a 57-year-old African-American stated that he was a loyal Trump supporter. When asked, “Why?” He said, “Backbone.” Trump has backbone he said. Now, I think the characteristic of backbone although important is not as critical as intelligence and wisdom when many people will pay the consequences of a bad decision.General…

Sunday’s front page story, “New tariffs spark fears among local business owners,” included thoughtful, rational comments for and against Trumps’s stiff tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, but one quote from Craig Speers of the AFL-CIO stands out as candidate for bone-headed comment of the year! He called out “predatory trade practices” by Canada and European Union that…

By Frank J. Dinan Radio plays a second fiddle role to television these days. People still listen to radio for music, and news in their cars, but it no longer plays the uniquely powerful role that it once did as a source of drama, information and comedy. Some would say this is because radio lacks TV’s images, but for me, radio carried its own set of powerful images that …