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The Pentagon circa 1947. Library of Congress photo by Theodor Horydczak

Vernuccio’s View: Defense Budget — Challenges Accepted

For a number of years following the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States faced comparatively weak opponents.  Washington’s armed forces were far more advanced than any opponent. That began to change when China, its technology developed through both […]

by · June 23, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Matters of Faith: Leadership Is Not For Wimps!

Matters of Faith: Leadership Is Not For Wimps!

Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv. “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing […]

by · June 23, 2019 · Matters of Faith, Religion
Vernuccio’s View: Tiananmen Square: 30 Years, No Improvement

Vernuccio’s View: Tiananmen Square: 30 Years, No Improvement

Thirty years ago this month, the hopes for freedom of nearly a billion people were dashed.  Their dreams were crushed by a tyrannical governing system that had already taken the lives of a hundred million in their own homeland, as […]

Matters of Faith: Men Under God’s Rule‬‬

Matters of Faith: Men Under God’s Rule‬‬

By Reverend J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv ‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalms 37:23-24 NKJV “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the […]

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Vernuccio’s View: Suspect Motives Behind Opposition to China Trade Deal

President Trump’s trade negotiations with China have revealed a great deal about American politics. From a purely logical perspective, the move to rein in China’s rapacious practices of intellectual property theft, espionage, product dumping, forced technology transfer, industrial subsidies, and […]

by · June 10, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernucio’s View: Is Pope Francis too political

Vernucio’s View: Is Pope Francis too political

Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, is continuing what some perceive to be a departure from the traditions of the institution he leads. Critics maintain that he has used his highly visible position to engage in temporal matters. […]

Matters of Faith: Recognizing the Enemy

Matters of Faith: Recognizing the Enemy

By Reverend J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv  Acts 16:16-21 CEV “One day on our way to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl. She had a spirit in her that gave her the power to tell […]

by · June 9, 2019 · Matters of Faith, Religion
Scriptural Inspirations

Scriptural Inspirations

2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 KJV “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Divine […]

by · June 5, 2019 · Matters of Faith, Religion
Then-challenger  Alessandra Biaggi addressing the Ben Franklin Independent Democratic Club in 2018. Credit: Bob Press

Press Clips: ‘Men Need Not Apply’ Alleged

Staff Turnover at Senator Biaggi’s Office By Robert Press State Senator Alessandra Biaggi took office less than six months ago, and has already seen a larger than normal staff turnover. First, it was junior staffers who were replaced in the […]

Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

If financial arguments prove unconvincing to NASA’s detractors, perhaps saving the planet from destruction may be a more powerful persuader. NASA’s budget is relatively sparse, at less than one-half of one percent of federal spending.  It is, however, continuously attacked […]

by · June 2, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Matters of Faith: ONE TO ANOTHER ‬

Matters of Faith: ONE TO ANOTHER ‬

By Reverend J. Loren Russell, BA ‭‭Deuteronomy 15:7-11 – CEV ‬‬ 7 After the Lord your God gives land to each of you, there may be poor Israelites in the town where you live. If there are, then don’t be […]

by · June 2, 2019 · Matters of Faith, Religion
Vernuccio’s View: U.S.-Japan Coordinate Pacific Defense Vs. China

Vernuccio’s View: U.S.-Japan Coordinate Pacific Defense Vs. China

In contrast to the Trump Administration’s concerns about some NATO members, notably Germany, not doing their fair share for mutual defense, the White House has been pleased with Japan’s efforts to counter the growing threats from China.  Japan’s 2019 defense […]

by · May 12, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Too many cars and not enough road as traffic grinds to a halt at Webster Avenue and East Bedford Park Boulevard.--Photo by David Greene

Driver’s License Debate Fails On Principle, Policy & PopularityOPINION:

Legislative Column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) A proposal before the Legislature that would allow illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses is meritless, dangerous and an affront to both state and federal laws designed to facilitate […]

by · May 12, 2019 · Op Ed, Opinion
Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

If financial arguments prove unconvincing to NASA’s detractors, perhaps saving the planet from destruction may be a more powerful persuader. NASA’s budget is relatively sparse, at less than one-half of one percent of federal spending. It is, however, continuously attacked […]

by · May 10, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Scriptural Inspirations

Scriptural Inspirations

I Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Some gifts were given to you for someone else. As you share your gift(s) with […]

by · May 10, 2019 · Matters of Faith, Religion