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Paladino is a poor model for both students, facultyCarl Paladino’s right to free speech does not give him a right to it in his position on the School Board, where he serves as a model for students and faculty alike.Which is to say: Paladino has no “right” to serve as a model for poor judgment, at best, and execrable insensitivity at his worst.Douglas AerieBuffalo

Relevant laws of physics explain climate changeA recent letter questioned the science behind climate change. Some people just don’t believe it. Sadly, the laws of physics are unchanging and they don’t care what you believe.Here is a brief summary of the relevant laws of physics. Coal, gas and oil are hydrocarbons. They are made up mainly of carbon and hydrogen atoms he…

President Trump’s plan to revise his predecessor’s overtures to Cuba carries a significant risk for Buffalo. A promising partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Cuban research institution could be endangered if Trump isn’t careful. The lifesaving prospect is for U.S. acceptance of a lung cancer vaccine developed by Cuba’s Center for Molecular Imm…

By D. John Bray Retirement is a double-edged sword for many individuals. Unless you spent your working life in an occupation you disliked, many folks are ambivalent about leaving a job and the people they enjoyed working with forever. Many retirees miss the daily challenges of the job, solving problems and having the satisfaction of accomplishment. All of us reali…

It seems an odd decision, and one that has drawn scrutiny from critics including downstate officials and a Western New York senator, Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s move to micromanage downstate deployments of State Police raises questions of political motivations for him and adequate protection for upstate areas whose ranks are raided for the purpose. …

By Gerald Kelly I own a real estate financing company. But for the first 17 years of my career I was a city planner. I have lived in the Elmwood Village for the past 45 years. Hence, my interest in Chason Affinity’s project at the corner of Forest and Elmwood avenues. This past Christmas shopping season, for the first time in our nation’s history, internet retail…

Media need to watch Mueller like a hawkHow often in life do we get a chance to redeem ourselves? Robert Mueller is a perfect opportunity for the media to do so. Their approval rating is low because the public largely distrusts them. Examples? Let me count the ways. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, spying on the public, including the Trump campaign. None worthy …

Whoever redevelops Perry must build with great careI don’t know who is going to redevelop the Commodore Perry complex. One thing the developer should keep in mind is to never build anything with a flat roof. This mistake is repeatedly made all over the world.It’s like my grandfather said: You keep paying for the same horse over and over.Juris SmiltinsAmherst

Democrats keep repeating same tired gun control lineThe Democrats are at it again with gun control. The lack of having a firearm is the real problem in this day and age, because criminals will always get their hands on a weapon no matter what the cost!When are people like Gov. Andrew Cuomo going to understand this, instead of enacting a law like the New York SAFE Act, whic…

Watson column on guns lacks rational thinkingRod Watson doesn’t want to be anywhere near Chris Collins until the congressman can demonstrate a proficiency with the gun he is licensed to carry. Well, Mr. Watson, I’m sure that is on your mind as you walk the streets of Buffalo.You have no control over the proficiency of street punks with guns, yet you walk those very str…

Board is wasting money trying to oust PaladinoThe actions of the Buffalo School Board against Carl Paladino present a teachable moment, to parents in particular and Western New York as a whole. Where is the concern for the children? Board members choose bigotry and hatred against one duly-elected member over the concerns of parents and community members.Parents and taxpaye…

President is assuming right stance on terrorIt’s my opinion that President Trump’s conservative stand on the Muslim terrorists now appears to be the correct one in view of the recent attacks in Europe. It appears that nearly all of the perpetrators were on police or government “hot” lists and were not dealt with in time.I also believe “decriminalizing” drugs is…

Spectacular isn’t a word that is thrown around too much in Buffalo, but it’s the exact right word to describe the planned expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. With glass walls, underground parking and a connection to the adjacent parkland, the project is nothing less than transformative. The announcement of the project’s details is the culmination of months…

What Joe Dash wants for the grocery store that carries his name is reasonable. What is more, he is going about it in the right way. Buffalo’s Common Council should approve his request to expand the market on Hertel Avenue. Despite support for a larger store in the neighborhood, Dash’s petition ran into opposition last week at two public meetings. Rather than than al…