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Protest is clearly aimed at the flagIn the Oct. 15 Viewpoints section, columnist Clarence Page claimed that the recent protests by NFL players during the national anthem are being “misinterpreted” as being against the flag and anthem. Hillary Clinton recently said the same thing. They are the latest in a line of excuse-makers attempting to defend the protest by absurdl…

Diversity in educators shouldn’t be main goalThe Oct. 17 News story regarding the lack of diversity in the countywide teaching ranks was indeed an eye-opener. According to the article, “advocates argue that minority teachers may better understand the cultural and racial backgrounds students bring with them into the classroom, which can lead to improved academic perform…

By Zach Krajacic SPECIAL TO THE NEWS While recently attending a 100-year anniversary celebration at Our Lady of Bistrica, a Croatian Catholic Church in Lackawanna, I was reminded of my family’s immigration almost 50 years ago from Croatia (part of Yugoslavia at the time) to the United States. The journey brought many challenges, but we overcame all of them through a …

By Jacqueline Galdenzi On Sunday, my husband and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. In recent days, I have been looking back on meeting, dating and eventually marrying this amazing man. As a teen, I had always dated jocks. My two brothers were athletic. They played football and baseball, skied, took karate, worked construction during the summer break and …

Community mourns the loss of a true heroAfter reading and watching about the tragic death of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner, I just want to say this is what a hero is all about. Lehner served in both Iraq and Guantanamo Bay with the Army National Guard.From what I read, he had been volunteering with Fantastic Friends, an organization that works with kids with special …

Deepest condolences to all who knew LehnerThe ultimate respect for both the American flag and Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner took place on Tuesday when a beloved brother was recovered and draped in the Stars and Stripes as he was taken on his final journey home.The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Local Chapter 187, honors those first responders who protect us on t…

Time to stop pettiness, focus on critical issuesIt’s about time to put an end to all of the folderol regarding the kneeling by some NFL players.First, a quick review of the history. This all started with Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling to protest the unequal treatment of black men by some of the law enforcement agencies in the U.S. That purpose was made clear to the world …

Didn’t military fight for right to protest?How a player’s kneeling to protest racial inequality in the justice system became about disrespect for the military is beyond me, but not for the reason those whiners think. It’s beyond anyone who reads a lack of patriotism into the practice of the very freedoms our soldiers fight to protect. If not to use our rights, then w…

Trump is terribly busy tweeting, playing golfAbout two weeks ago, someone wrote in to this column complaining about how badly President Trump is being treated by the “fake press” and liberal Democrats.I have to agree with him; poor Trump has it very hard under the pressure he has to endure. All that tweeting takes a lot out of a man. Consider the problems he has with N…

Generals serving Trump put their legacies at riskPresident Trump’s security adviser, H.R. McMaster, wrote a book in 1997 critical of the decisions made about the Vietnam War at the highest level of government. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert McNamara knew that this war could not be won but kept the truth from the American public.The generals in Trump’s …

Collins and Price need to be held accountableI’ve seen in various print and electronic media reports how local and national politicians have benefited in their respective stock dealings. I think it would be the media’s obligation to disclose and explain why a private citizen like Martha Stewart went to prison for insider trading and yet Republican politicians like Rep.…

Fans and taxpayers pay salaries of NFL playersAn Everybody’s Column opinion that appeared in the Oct. 12 edition made an incorrect statement. The letter writer stated that the “NFL signs their paycheck, not the USA” in reference to the players who kneel during the national anthem. Actually, it is the taxpayers, through tax subsidies and exemptions, i.e. stadiums, and…

By Michael Lorich My wife, Kerry, and I have spent the last few summers here in Buffalo. We live in Miami and call ourselves sunbirds because we are escaping the heat, humidity and hurricanes of summer in South Florida. When home we attend a large nondenominational Christian church and for a few summers found a similar church here in Clarence. This summer we decided to …

‘Made in America’ label covers a lot of territoryThe next time you see or hear a commercial announcing that a product is “made in America,” let the buyer beware! America is huge, and it has two distinct sections: North America and South America.Boasting that a product is “made in America” covers a lot of ground. What you probably want is something “made in th…

West Seneca taxpayers are outraged over hikesThe three so-called sovereigns in a room, making all the decisions for the Town of West Seneca, must stop thinking merely about themselves. We all saw the hundreds of people lining up at Town Hall at the last board meeting, proving that taxpayers like myself are fuming over the proposed 12 percent tax hike.Last year, the supervi…