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Maziarz has shameful lack of accountabilityReading a recent front-page News article depicting the shameless accounting practices employed within former State Sen. George Maziarz’s offices that seemingly went on for decades, I could not help but feel great disdain for the former regional public heavyweight who charged the outright embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of do…

Hamas doesn’t have the will or the vision to seek peaceThe New York Times article in the April 4 paper refers to the executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights “likening attempts to cross Israel’s fence to … the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.”Hamas is not a civil rights organization seeking rights like the leaders in Selma, including Martin Lut…

County right to weed out people who cheat systemThis is in response to an April 12 letter from a doctor critical of The Buffalo News for its in-depth article on tracking down welfare overpayments and individuals essentially cheating. She calls for “universal basic income” as a possible solution in the aggregate, and says that society should move away from disrespectful ste…

Make Gates Circle barrier more aesthetically pleasingI realize the importance of preventing cars from crashing into the southern-most part of Gates Circle. That area has been the site of countless accidents. However, the bright yellow barrel barriers look like an ugly construction site. Surely, a barrier can be designed to fit into the aesthetics of that lovely circle!Ging…

Don’t measure cost of rehabbing houses only in dollars and centsThe Buffalo News “watchdog” article and subsequent media coverage of the city’s use of Housing and Urban Development funding concerns me on several levels.The article seems to ignore benefits brought about from rehabilitating older homes in underserved neighborhoods. These properties were rehabilitated with th…

By Elizabeth Giles As unveiled earlier this week, the DOT's plans for rebuilding Buffalo's downtown Amtrak station pay only lip service to the widely stated goal of providing seamless connectivity between modes of transportation. It's not true that the proposed Exchange Street station is "directly connected" to the Metro Rail. It is actually a substantial walk, much of …

Editorials

Countless kids today and long into the future should have the opportunity to attend college without having to worry about how to pay the bill, thanks to an anonymous donor whose $25 million gift screams, “Say Yes to Education – Buffalo.” The anonymous donor’s generous “challenge” gift is the first step. It is one of the single largest donations from an individual. As re…

By Pauline Dyson One of the many supportive roles wives of professional men have played over the years, before the advent of quick email messaging, is that of note-writer, Rolodex-keeper and phone-caller – all in the interest of furthering their husbands' business or political careers. I was reminded of that when it was reported, on the death of Barbara Bush, that th…

Columns

Last week, two new editors showed up on The Buffalo News masthead: Margaret Kenny Giancola, deputy managing editor, and Denise Jewell Gee, assistant managing editor. The masthead is the space at the top of The News’ editorial page that lists the newspaper executives. It is a sacred place for newspapers. The New York Times, which names 17 editors on its page A2 masthead,…

Wasteful authorities must be eliminatedKudos to The Buffalo News editor who penned the April 5 editorial regarding public authorities. You beat me to it. But I would have placed the last paragraph first.In my humble opinion, it is time for the state of New York and/or the county of Erie to get rid of authorities that give golden parachutes and secret raises to people who a…

Roche’s reputation has been impeccableWhen I read Rod Watson’s column criticizing the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for lying about the raises for its administrators, I was puzzled. I worked with Sister Denise Roche at D’Youville College for over 30 years and never knew her to lie. Nor did I hear anyone else ever say she lied, about anything.Nancy Kaczmarek, GN…

Church teachings are timeless, full of truthThe writer of a letter published on April 7 is mistaken about many things. First, his use of the term “archaic” when describing the truthful teachings of the magisterium. Magisterial teaching is timeless, not archaic. This means that the teachings, and the truths they contain, are just as valid today as they were 2,000-plus years…