Leading the Opinion section of today's Buffalo News is our plea for the The New York State Department of Correctional Services and its main labor union to get on the same page as to the department's staffing needs.
- Failure to communicate
The interests of taxpayers and the safety of correctional officers sometimes differ. The two sides must come to a better understanding.
The correction workers union -- the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association -- is ready to pull out all the emotional stops on this fight. You can listen to their radio ad here and check out their TV spot here.
A somewhat less incendiary list of facts about proposed changes in the prison business from the DOCS is here.
We just don't want to get to this.
We also allow ourselves to hope that efforts by the state and the New York Power Authority to promote green power sources such as wind and solar will bring both sustainable, low-cost power and an estimated 50,000 jobs.
- Green light
The meteorological mix here is right. With the Steel Winds project in Lackawanna, wind power off both lakes Erie and Ontario and the happy fact that Western New York receives an abundance of sunshine, this area could be a real player in the developing green economy. The governor’s announcement is welcome news.
The governor's official announcement is here. Want to sell solar power to NYPA? Here's the first round of paperwork.
Today's Another Voice soapbox belongs to Fred Bonn, president of the New York State Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, who laments the loss of Richard Geiger as head of the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau.
- Geiger’s likely departure will hurt tourism efforts
Geiger has always demonstrated the value of taking the high road. When faced with difficult decisions, he consistently advocates taking the proper path, one that preserves and sustains the integrity of the organization and strengthens the community as a whole.
It is this quality of character and ethical standard that, in time, we feel Buffalo will miss most.
[Are we to infer, then, that whoever wants Geiger out isn't so concerned about integrity, character and ethics?]
And, in today's My View, Williamsville writer Penny Zeplowitz offers a story of how the kindness of a true British gentleman turned a ruined evening into a treasured memory.
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News