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When will GOP realize ?we're all in this together?

I believe the most shocking revelation from that recent fundraiser video was when Mitt Romney (the leader of a party that keeps offering us Chris Collins, despite the voters' rejection of him) said that roughly half of all Americans "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."

What Romney and his Republican brethren seem to be saying is that only those able to succeed within an often unforgiving capitalist system deserve the basic necessities of life, and the rest be damned.

When will the Mitt Romneys and Chris Collinses of the world learn that we – Americans all, both rich and poor – are in this together?

Further evidence of their moneyed arrogance can be seen in Collins' recent TV ad in which a series of regular folk meekly express their gratitude because "Chris gave me a job," as if it were a gift and he was not profiting from their labor.

While we don't begrudge Romney and Collins the hundreds of millions they have amassed from an economy dependent on an infrastructure that was paid for by all, we can hope that, if elected, they will not work to deny food, housing or health care to those not as clever or lucky as they.

Patrick Henry

Orchard Park


Obama should know? size of national debt

It's bad enough that President Obama appears on the "Late Show With David Letterman" even though he can't find time to meet with the prime minister of our closest ally in the troubled Middle East. But when Letterman asks him a simple question about the size of the national debt, Obama "doesn't remember."

If Obama were a conscientious president, he would be worrying constantly about how we can extricate ourselves from about $16 trillion owed to China and other creditors. Didn't he take a peek at the Republican National Convention as a scoreboard displayed continuously how the debt amount increased from one minute to the next?

The truth is, Obama relished the opportunity to appear on a very popular program, hopeful of gaining more free public exposure and votes, but he did not want to remind his viewers of how deeply he has let our economy slide into a morass of debt.

Lucian C. Parlato



Verizon is providing? state-of-the-art service

The author of the Sept. 21 Another Voice, "Lack of access to fiber optics puts Buffalo at risk," has bought into the misguided notion that residents and businesses in Buffalo cannot and will not have superfast Internet access, just because Verizon and other cable companies have entered into a joint marketing agreement.

This sensationalized and short-sighted view of the technology world just doesn't add up, however. Verizon's landline division already provides residents and businesses in Buffalo several forms of high-speed access through Verizon's High Speed Internet product, which reaches virtually all areas across the city, and through FiOS Internet and voice services, which are available in parts of north and central Buffalo and the University District.

In addition, the company launched its 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless service in the Buffalo Niagara region last October, bringing true 4th generation wireless service to the area a full year ahead of its nearest competitor. The company is currently providing 4G high-speed wireless Internet access across the region, a project that is ongoing as expansion takes place to fill in local 4G LTE coverage area on a continual basis.

The availability of this state-of-the-art wireless service is enabling Buffalo residents and businesses to enjoy connections to the Internet at speeds comparable to those provided by cable companies with all the flexibility and convenience of mobility. The backbone of that 4G LTE deployment is a fiber-based network that reaches cell sites in the region.

These services are the result of Verizon companies investing millions of dollars in Western New York, and billions across the state. Verizon is currently focused on building out and marketing its FiOS services in those communities where it already has obtained the required cable television franchises.

Jim Gerace

Verizon, Vice President for New York

New Jersey and Connecticut


Punish filmmaker? for misrepresentation

A shameful byproduct of the hullabaloo over the release of the movie extract from "Innocence of Muslims" is the painful attempt by the Coptic Christian filmmaker to blame the Jews for its financing, production and release. This lie, and the deceit in representing himself as Jewish, may or may not have been intended to mask his true identity and deflect criticism.

However, by falsely promoting the film as an effort by Jews to defame Muslim beliefs, his act will undoubtedly have a more profound and lasting impact. It also reminds us that use of the Jews as scapegoats is not a historical footnote from the Middle Ages, but is present today in American and European hate group literature and, sadly, found in some Arab government policies and religious leadership statements to the faithful and in the media. His act is no different than defacing a synagogue with Nazi symbols.

If we Americans wish to make a thoughtful but bold response against the use of such perfidy and hatred, our federal and state law enforcement authorities should seek to charge this man, Nakoula Basseley Nakouh, with hate crimes. Let him go to jail for his actions. Remaining silent, too, is an offense.

Lawrence M. Ross



Wind turbine industry?should stand on its own

The Sept. 20 issue of the Wall Street Journal had an article written by Ed Whitacre, a former chairman and CEO of General Motors, "Time for ‘Government Motors' to Hit the Road". In this piece, Whitacre simply asks why the Treasury Department has not sold the shares it holds for General Motors and let the company, after three years, get on with doing what it does best – building, selling and designing vehicles.

If I may be so bold, I'd like to ask our elected officials the same question regarding industrial wind turbines and the production tax credits. It seems that after 21-plus years of holding this industrial wind turbine industry up, they should set it free to do what it does best – design, develop and build a lasting supply of energy.

Why not go forward with some of the newer technology like tidal kites and wind kite turbines? Why not encourage private homeowners to install smaller, more efficient turbines? Why not further encourage business to erect WindTamer turbines?

Why do the industrial wind turbine companies instead want all of the money from the production tax credits for themselves?

Linda Makson