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Time has not deflated Edward Snowden’s messianic sense of self-importance. Nor has living in an actual police state given the National Security Agency whistle-blower any greater appreciation of the actual freedoms that Americans enjoy.Insufferable is the first adjective evoked by Snowden’s recent interview with Barton Gellman in the Washington Post, but it has numerous cou…

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Fast-track authority is a good idea in auto racing, but not in international trade policy.That’s because fast track – also known as “trade promotion authority” – speeds trade pacts through Congress, denying the people’s representatives the chance to improve them.Our democracy is damaged, along with our economy. Since fast track’s original enactment in 1974, the United Stat…

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Like most Americans, I’m frustrated with the slow rate of economic growth in the United States over the last several years.Most proposals to fix the problem focus on domestic issues – government spending, taxes and infrastructure projects, to name a few.As the chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., I particularly like to talk about the need to invest in our nation’s infrast…

One would think that being president of the United States would keep you busy enough getting the economy back on its feet, implementing a national health plan, pulling troops out of Afghanistan, dealing with Syria and North Korea and, well, you get the picture.But apparently, Barack Obama has time left over to watch television. As did George W. Bush before him, Bill Clinto…

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The new year is going to start out poorly for a lot of Buffalo students. Because of a financial shortfall, the school district and its partner, Say Yes to Education, will not be able to offer the after-school programs they had been planning, and which the federal government requires.Say Yes originally planned to offer after-school programs two hours a day every school day …

By Peter LangerAs the Buffalo School District works to strengthen its systems to ensure that all students get the education that they deserve, Teach For America, a program that trains and recruits successful individuals to become strong teachers in high-poverty schools, can be part of the solution. I’m thrilled that the School Board recently voted to bring TFA to Buffalo.G…

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Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak is playing a game with voters that is every bit as intolerable as those he is accused of playing with his female staff members. The Cheektowaga Democrat needs to declare his innocence or resign.Gabryszak has hunkered down since a half-dozen former or current employees have come forward to accuse him of a pattern of sexual harassment. The detai…

Most of us remember meaning of ChristmasOverused statement of the season: “We’ve lost the true meaning of Christmas.” I’ve become so weary of hearing this statement, which has frequently been expressed this season, including in this column. Of course, I don’t agree.Do some really think that because a person enjoys the hustle-and-bustle of shopping, the hunt for sales or th…

Promote sensible use of natural resourcesLately I’ve noticed numerous anti-fracking letters appearing in the column. These letters are apparently written by people well-trained in geology, as their knowledge of the subject seems unquestionable. I am pleased to have these well-meaning people defending New York State from all the wicked well drillers, who wish to despoil our…

NBC should rethink plan to dump LenoSoon Jimmy Fallon will be taking over as host of “The Tonight Show” from 20-year veteran host Jay Leno. Isn’t this deja vu for NBC? I recall Conan O’Brien trying to replace Leno. It backfired after David Letterman got much better ratings than Conan did at the 11:30 p.m. time slot. NBC’s obsession with youth is redundant. Is Leno, who is …

Speed border crossing for Canadian shoppersI applaud the position of Ed Cox in his Viewpoints piece, “State must repeal needless regulations to create jobs.”In the spirit of NAFTA, the federal government must do more to open our border to our Canadian neighbors. There are 13.1 million people residing in Ontario. These folks love to shop and visit Western New York.The feds …

Public financing of elections would help curb corruptionIn an Another Voice column, Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate argues against a major recommendation of the state Moreland Commission. Leave things as they are, he tells us, with the subtext: Let the corruption continue. These representatives of wealth, who gain so much from the Albany legislators they so easily purch…

Trap, neuter, release doesn’t seem humaneOn Dec. 23, The News printed a letter from the president of Alley Cat Allies expounding on the wonderful, endorsed method of feral cat control by trapping and neutering these animals and then releasing them again as a humane practice.What is humane to a poor kitty when you return one of these animals back to living off the land with…

The United States must pay more attention to its Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. If not, the mainland must be prepared for a financial disaster in the territory.Puerto Rico is coming closer to the financial brink with each passing day and now has an estimated debt of $70 billion, and growing rapidly. Its days of living large by borrowing to make up for bad investments and…