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By Andrew R. Graham As we pause for this Memorial Day, it is hard to realize that there are precious few remaining who actually participated in World War II. But we who were too young to wear a uniform back then had some experiences that remain unforgettable. Once such moment occurred for me while I was playing in the backyard of our farmhouse near Manlius outside of…

Sean Kirst is a Western New Yorker through and through. “My story is the Buffalo story,” Sean wrote to me a few months ago. “A father raised in an orphanage founded by Father Baker, an orphaned mother from an immigrant family whose brothers worked on the waterfront.” Now he has come home, to write a local news column for The Buffalo News. For newspapers, c…

By Tony Kutter Every Monday, The Buffalo News interviews a veteran of a foreign war. Several weeks ago, the reporter interviewed a 91-year-old veteran of World War II. It turns out my wife, Trudy, worked with him in the accounting department at Ashland Oil Co. in the 1950s. He was a guest at our wedding. We never thought about him anymore, assuming he had passed away…

ABOARD THE GOOD SHIP ANDREW – You’ve heard of a champagne cruise. Call this one a campaign cruise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited about 100 of his closest friends aboard a Buffalo Harbor tour boat Wednesday to see firsthand all of the marvels of Albany’s largess since 2011 – coincidentally the same year as the start of his administration. It was a beautiful day fo…

Different people may have different ideas about plans taking shape for the continued development of Canalside, but if the announcement of those plans in The Buffalo News was meant to counter suggestions that the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. isn’t meeting its obligations, then case closed. There’s a lot that is about to happen. The overall thrust is that the c…

It’s not uncommon for a president’s budget proposals to be declared dead on arrival by Congress. President Trump’s budget began decaying the moment it hit the Republican Congress on Tuesday. That’s the good news, so harsh is this budget proposal. Federal spending does need to be brought under greater control, just not on the backs of the poor, the weak and the s…

By Harvey Berman On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals will hear Myers v. Schneiderman, a renewed attempt to legalize physician-assisted suicide in New York. The plaintiffs are three patients, two of whom have since died, several physicians and End of Life Choices New York, a non-profit agency that provides counseling for patients requesting assistance in ending their lives.…

There has been so much in the news lately about public officials shirking their responsibilities to open government that it comes as a refreshing surprise when someone follows the rules. It happened last week in Amherst. The someone, in this case, is actually the Amherst Ethics Board, a once somnambulant panel that has started lately to flex its muscle. The board is rec…

With police officers turning on each other in Buffalo, residents have been given reason to worry about whether their safety and that of six recently promoted officers is being compromised. The pettiness on display cannot help but call into question the union’s commitment to public safety, as well as its level of common sense. The issue is tinged with questions of raci…

By Greg Slabodkin There is a ransomware epidemic spreading across the health care industry, encrypting computer files and holding health data hostage in return for ransom. Other industries are vulnerable to this file-encrypting malware, but hospitals, in particular, are being targeted by cybercriminals. Earlier this month, the WannaCry ransomware compromised more tha…

By Laura Seil Ruszczyk We are a group of six women located throughout the world. Two of us live in the Eastern part of the United States, two on the West Coast and two as far away as Australia. We talk daily, laugh, cry, share victories and defeats. We range in age from about 50 to 75. Four of us are married and two are single. Three are even grandmas. Several have elde…

Schumer loves journalism that fits his liberal agendaSure, Sen. Chuck Schumer loves aggressive, “fact-based” news media, because most journalists are reliably liberal Democrats who can be counted on to present the “facts” (and rumors, innuendo and plain old lies) that suit the agenda of Schumer and his pals.Where were these guardians of freedom when Lois Lerner and…

Offensive editorial cartoon shouldn’t have been printedI am writing in regard to Adam Zyglis’ May 19 editorial cartoon, “The Creation,” about Roger Ailes and President Trump. I have been getting the paper for years. I have never been so offended as I was when I saw “The Creation.” The News should be ashamed to publish it.Naomi R. GillTonawanda

Pass bill to help keep CPS caseworkers safeAfter a report is made alleging child abuse or neglect, Child Protective Services caseworkers are required to investigate the allegation. If evidence of abuse or neglect is found, and the removal of a child from the family is necessary, the caseworker often faces aggressive behavior from the child’s parents. CPS caseworkers are …