The lead editorial in today's Buffalo News Opinion section welcomes the 3,000 American veterans who have come to Buffalo for the annual convention of the New York Veterans of Foreign Wars. And calls for the reform of the seriously underfunded and undermanned system that is supposed to provide injured veterans with the benefits they have earned.
- The welcome they want
Some things are fundamentally wrong. One is the dubious milestone of 1 million outstanding claims the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is poised to reach.
[Here's a little bit of good news for veterans from the stimulus file.]
The second editorial supports a bill proposed by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., that would make it more obvious to people booking flights online when part of their journey will be aboard a regional carrier, rather than the national airline whose name is on the cocktail napkins.
- What airline? (What plane?)
We’d make an additional suggestion. Web sites should also be required to prominently disclose the type of aircraft, specifically noting if it is a turbo jet or propeller jet. Air passengers should have the right to that kind of information before wading deeply into the online reservation system.
[More news here.]
Today's Another Voice comes from the throat of Brock University professor Michael J. Armstrong. He argues that American food processors lose a lot of money by not paying more attention to food safety.
- Ensuring quality is cheaper than the alternative
As another food recall hits the news, I have to ask: How many businesses can afford to lose $25 million during a recession?
And the My View space today belongs to Snyder's Susan Asquith [right], who considers the ups and downs of Facebook.
- Social networking sites carry pulse of society
For as quickly as good news can spread, the bad spreads even faster. You can’t ignore the fact that once information is posted to the Internet, it’s there for eternity. Now this might be quite appealing for future cosmic generations who will be able to read volumes of electronic transmissions from all points of the world. Will these cryptic electronic transmissions be the ancient scrolls of our time?
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News