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By Wes Carter On the morning of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, many forums were held around the country in which people were discussing the changing administration in Washington and the nation’s expectations about the next four years. What emerged out of those discussions were sentiments about how devastatingly divided we are as a people, and along as many li…

By Sandy McPherson Carrubba Geary I come from a family of communicators. Perhaps that’s why I became a writer. Telling stories is implanted in my genes. Our family has always used  various communication skills. My mother employed what I called “the look.” When aimed at me, I understood I had better change my behavior. Quickly, if not sooner. After I became …

County authority delivers safe, high-quality tap waterI’m writing in response to the letter, “We all should be in favor of protecting water, air.” The writer’s devotion to the environment is admirable, but I would urge a similar devotion to facts.The Erie County Water Authority has a team of highly skilled laboratory analysts, a nationally recognized Water Quality …

Greater creative vision is needed for East SideAs I remember, approximately 60 years ago, downtown Main Street, the Fillmore-Broadway area to include the Broadway Market and Central Terminal, known as the East Side, was the hubbub of Buffalo.Significant investment has been made in the Metro Rail system, downtown Main Street, the University at Buffalo’s South Campus and C…

Climate change exists, so let’s find solutions“The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action.” This opening statement on ExxonMobil’s climate webpage summarizes the consensus reached not just by scientists around the world, but by large companies, as well. Debate no longer focuses on the existence of climate change, but has moved on to negotiatin…

President has shown he cannot be trustedIf President Trump lies, tweets or makes false statements about issues that can clearly be fact checked, how can the American public, Congress, U.S. military and foreign leaders believe him on classified information that involves a national security crisis? Trump has an inflated self-image, is impulsive and relies on alt-right “alt…

Bedbug holiday may come back to bite the taxpayersTo say that having bedbugs in the workplace is beyond the dignity of those exposed to them does have merit. However, it raises the question of how did they get there? I don’t think they came from the street or climbed the stairs themselves. They likely came from supplies from vendors or they hitched a ride on someone’s …

Literacy test was flawed, drove good teachers awayThe News editorial, “Restore the literacy test,” misses the point of why the New York State Board of Regents voted to eliminate the Academic Literary Skills Test (ALST).We applaud and support the Regents for making this decision, an educated, well-reasoned move that took into account almost three years of complaints abo…

Health care is a commodity, it’s not a constitutional rightA recent letter writer declared that health care was a “needed service” and therefore “ought to be a constitutional right.” This is in keeping with the position of Sen. Bernie Sanders and others on the left that it is a constitutional, even a basic human right.To believe so ignores the hard reality of the…

Collins’ greed, cowardice don’t help his constituentsBecause of gerrymandering, I got stuck with Chris Collins as my congressional representative. He no more represents me than does the narcissistic sociopath who was somehow elected president.If you look into Collins’ public sector and political background, you will find he has done nothing but use his past positions…

Trump must abandon discriminatory ordersExecutive Order on Immigration 2.0 – small tweaks – same train wreck of inimical motivations and unintended consequences. The first order banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and blocked all refugees for 120 days. After a federal court in Seattle blocked it, the administration tried again, only to be promptly blocke…

Crews need to begin fixing potholes nowTo all the city, state, county and town Highway Departments, please order your cold patch now. The pothole season is upon us. Patrol your roads, please, and patch these trout ponds. It may save the taxpayers some money from the claims motorist will put in for damages from these seasonal nightmares.Mike DuganBuffalo

There’s little doubt the Buffalo Bills need a new practice field – or at least more practice – but given how much money taxpayers already shell out for the team, there is no reason they should be on the hook for the proposed 3-acre, outdoor field. The additional tax breaks, approved Friday by the Erie County Legislature, should have been a nonstarter. The Bills ar…

By John R. Lang Mischief energizes me in a weird way. When I was a mere lad, in the 10th grade at Royalton-Hartland High School in Middleport, I got into some trouble. I will leave it at that, though I will say that the principal, Mr. Sanderson, even took a ride out to my folks’ house. So, yes, I was in trouble. We had a woodshed on Hollenbeck Road and I should hav…