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Let’s all pitch in and help clean trash from landscapeIt is so welcoming to have spring here. The weather is warming, the birds are chirping and the flowers are presenting their buds as a preview for what is to come. Another sign of spring is the trash that was hidden under the snow and is now in full view. Even sadder, the trash that keeps popping up daily like new weed…

By Ray Geaney “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull The day I got my puppy was one of the happiest of my childhood. Two years later, when I was 7 and my Uncle Jack put him down, was the saddest. He didn’t have a choice. My dog dashed onto the street in front of our suburban home in Cork, Ireland, and a speeding vehic…

Now that the conversation on whether to extend Metro Rail to Amherst is growing louder it is time to look at some realities. Indeed, the notion of extending the rail service from the University at Buffalo’s South Campus in Buffalo to its North Campus in Amherst has gained in popularity since the 1980s and 1990s. For various and disputed reasons, the proposal to exten…

By Marissa Shorenstein and Anthony B. Spada Spring is the season of life, a time of renewed energy and growth. It is a time when more people take to the roads and sidewalks and revel in warmer weather.  Despite the vibrant colors of the flowers, the sound of children playing outdoors, April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month – a month in which we also face t…

More death, destruction won’t make America greatI, too, want to see “America great again.” However, there are some unfortunate blemishes that blur this vision.Some 70 percent of Americans are in favor of the “mother of all bombs” exploded recently in Afghanistan, in spite of much evidence that such bombing only adds to anti-American terrorist recruits. CIA Direct…

O’Reilly is innocent until proven guiltyLet me touch on four things from the April 21 News.First, the editorial cartoon about Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News: Until the charges are proven, Fox News should reinstate him posthaste.Next, the letter about immigration: My father came from Barbados over 50 years ago, taking the proper steps to eventually become a U…

Higgins, not NYPA, deserves accoladesI visited Canalside the other day and was puzzled by adjacent signage. All around the site, it says, “Generously funded by the New York Power Authority.”That sure isn’t how I remember it. NYPA “generously” funded nothing; in fact, it did nothing willingly. Congressman Brian Higgins forced NYPA to provide a $300 million settlem…

Faulty criteria led ‘experts’ to pick poor site for stationThe “experts” overthought their selection criteria. There were only two real physical constraints: the station needed to be located on existing track and the Chicago run needed to cross the Buffalo River at one of two existing crossings.The first selection criteria should have been replacing two small stati…

Red Cross volunteers do exceptional workThe American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter is honoring its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29.Between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, our volunteers helped 586 local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They installed 1,758 free smoke alarms i…

By Mary Nicotera Being of Italian-Irish descent and born under the sign of Scorpio, I wear passion and emotion on my sleeve. Consequently, many things in life make my heart swell and bring a tear to my eye. Among those I cherish the most is that feeling I get when I walk into my mentor classroom. The 6- and 7-year-old kids welcome me with a hearty “Miss Mary! Miss …

Changes to Slow Roll will improve the rideSlow Roll will be starting on Monday. I have been working with leader Seamus Gallivan and city officials on some of the problems experienced last year. One of the changes we agreed on is that the ride will no longer interfere with buses. Slow Roll will primarily start from parking lots unless residents agree to host it. Be aware th…

Trump, Putin, Kim are frightening trioBetween President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, we have a triple threat. Any one of these irrational leaders can push the nuclear button at any time. I would not bet on any of them.John JendrysekOrchard Park

SUNY schools provide a first-rate educationIn the Another Voice column on April 20, the Daemen College president takes issue with the Excelsior Scholarship (free SUNY tuition) program recently passed by the State Legislature. He’s protecting his turf, I suppose, which is understandable even though his rationale in doing so is specious at best, i.e., he said that “only…