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Ryan needs to finally break the awful political silenceI am so angry at Paul Ryan, who expects us to believe he is a devout Catholic. He is silent about everything that is happening, which is in opposition to the Catholic stands on social justice. Of course he fights against abortion, as most Christians do, but what about the rest? Let’s take the environment. Our pope is…

By Ron Gawel It all really started in 1977 after the now-iconic film treasure “Saturday Night Fever” was released in theaters across the country. Practically every young buck out there tried to capture the cool persona and imitate the cocky swagger of a young, slender John Travolta. He convincingly brought Tony to the big screen in that movie classic. I realized …

By Larry Beahan Oct. 1: A shooter with a horde of ammunition and enhanced semiautomatic rifles fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas into a crowd of country western music fans. He performed the unimaginable. He slaughtered 59 people and injured 500 more before he was brought down by police gunfire. Oct. 10: A Niagara Greenway notice popped …

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Thanksgiving 2017 arrives, in general terms, the way it always does: with families gathering around a table centered by a turkey. A large-ish parade is expected in a big-ish city. Did someone say football? But, as always, the kaleidoscope of time tumbles into new shapes, presenting new views, new challenges, new things for which we may be thankful, individually and coll…

Dems could resolve SALT by lowering state taxesI’m sending this letter as a service to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the rest of the Democrats lambasting those rascally Republicans who want to eliminate the state and local tax deduction (SALT). Eliminating the SALT tax deduction would harm high-tax states such as New York.The solution is simple. Lower taxes in New York State.…

Cuomo is adding to PTSD for returning veteransGov. Andrew M. Cuomo has just added to the woes of the veterans coming home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He has added medical marijuana usage; PTSD is now a qualified condition to access medical marijuana in New York State. There is scant evidence that marijuana helps PTSD; instead for some, CNN reports that it …

‘Walk of Shame’ is not meant to offend the elderly, disabledIt seems your readers have misread a recent cartoon of mine (published in The Buffalo News on the comics page, Nov. 3) “Walk of Shame.” It pains me to have this happen, but the cartoon in question has nothing to do with mocking the impaired – I myself use a cane on occasion.The gag was specifically about…

Trump continues to perpetuate the worst characteristicsI moved to the United States because my parents feared the violence and dangers of Mexico. Well, now we are here and a new threat alarms us more. The most powerful job of the United States is in the hands of the most dangerous and irrational person: President Donald Trump.It hasn’t even been a year since Trump was el…

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This is what happens when politics intrudes on justice: A Western New York man is sentenced to 20 years in prison for growing marijuana. It was a terrible abuse of justice, as the federal judge who imposed sentence acknowledged and regretted. But politicians had tied her hands. The good news is that Joseph Tigano III was released from prison last Wednesday, more than a …

By Beth Finkel It takes resolve to address a crisis – and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has applied it on multiple major issues. We are looking to him once again to lead the way on behalf of more than 3.5 million working New Yorkers. That’s how many people in this state go to work each day with no way to save for their retirement on the job. The pensions and even 401(k…

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So it turns out both cities use the Niagara River as a sewage dump, if only occasionally and usually inadvertently. The cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario, have a problem with overflows that pollute their namesake river in wet weather. Neither side should be satisfied with that. The problem was highlighted earlier this summer under different circumstances. Th…

By Wayne Alt I appreciate the fine lead article (Nov. 9) by Colin Dabkowski on the historic speech of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Kleinhans Music Hall on Nov. 9, 1967. In the article, many Western New Yorkers expressed King’s ideas of compassionate alternatives to conflict in resolving war. I would like to add some additional historical pieces from a firsthand…

It wasn’t until I had a recent problem with my phone that I realized how uneasy my relationship with technology has been. It started back in the day when I had difficulty mastering the “if-then” statements on my Texas Instruments 99 computer. I bought the thing, I told myself, for my sons, but actually I wanted to be on the top of my game with the latest in techno…

Hitler’s Germany meant hate, suffering for JewsI am an escapee from the Hitlerian Germany and I will never forget what the Germans did to our people. I escaped from Naziland Germany as a child and grew up instantly with all the trauma that we as Jewish people suffered. Six million of our people were annihilated in the very late 1930s and early 1940s. Anything that we had…