The lead editoral in today's Buffalo News -- "Releasing the troops" -- surmises that Defense Secretary Robert Gates agreed to stay on beyond the end of his hitch so that he would have the pleasure of releasing thousands of U.S. military personnel from theirs. Gates has made the welcome announcement the the Pentagon's harsh "stop-loss" policy, which kept thousands of soldiers and Marines in uniform months beyond the official length of their enlistments, will be phased out over the next two years.
One more thing needs to be said, by all of us, to those who had to serve longer than they thought:
Other thoughts from: The Oregonian [It's a heck of a way to run a war]. The Greensboro, N.C., News & Record [Keep soldiers with better re-enlistment bonuses]. The Miami Herald [More fairness for U.S. troops in combat]. The New York Times [Mr. Gates seemed appropriately contrite when he told reporters that holding so many soldiers against their will was “breaking faith.” He was right.]
The second editorial -- "Promoting Niagara" -- argues that it makes no sense for the city of Niagara Falls and Niagara County to divide their tourism efforts. But it would make more sense for the agency that's now in charge of such work -- The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation -- to be more transparent in its priorities and spending. [News background here.]
-- George Pyle/Editorial Writer