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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n20 (05/19/2010) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Being Realistic About Canal Side

The public is investing over $154 million in redeveloping Canal Side and contributing many acres of prime waterfront land. Recently, the Buffalo Common Council voted unanimously that it would not transfer 13 acres to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation until ECHDC makes a community benefits agreement, or CBA, with the Canal Side Community Alliance. The Alliance is made up of some 40 community groups, led by the Coalition for Economic Justice, PUSH Buffalo, and the Buffalo Urban League.

The Russians are Coming!

During the past few years Russian oil revenues have generated a surplus of $500 billion, and Russia is using this money to rebuild and expand its military after many years of neglect. We are in the midst of a resurgence of Russia and its totalitarian machinations. The foray into Georgia is an example of the mentality of the Russian leadership, and Russia might be rekindling a close relationship with Cuba. Russia has conducted talks with Cuba, Syria and Vietnam on the use of naval bases, and has promised to help Venezuela develop a nuclear “energy” program.

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