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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v13n14 (04/03/2014) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Crimea River, Kiev

Thanks to Mike Caputo for sharing his personal, and professional, insights into Russia’s most recent invasion of Ukraine (“Crimea River, Kiev,” v13n13). Two of his main points deserve amplification.

Coke Trumps Diesel

This is how we add irony to injury: When private polluters (Tonawanda Coke) are punished, we applaud our common quest for justice; while “privileged” polluters (commercial traffic on the Peace Bridge)—who have poisoned residents for generations—are embraced as progressive economic generators. Generators of what—extraordinary medical expenses relative to respiratory and related illnesses? Don’t we all deserve the same protection from a grave public health threat? Apparently not.

Want Tax Cuts: Cut County Share of Medicaid

Why is there so little support for state Senator Mark Grisanti’s property tax reduction plan—one that beats Governor Cuomo’s plan by a country mile? What are Southtown elected officials—and citizens—waiting for?

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