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Governor should reverse decision to close WNYCPCIn a recent letter, New York State Mental Health Commissioner Ann Sullivan suggests that relocating the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) to the campus of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is a winning strategy. I disagree.The WNYCPC in West Seneca is committed to the treatment of emotionally traumatized …

Here’s the existential question that Senate Republicans have raised with their vote for a $1.5 trillion tax cut that is heavily weighted toward the wealthy: Do they care about the deficit, as they have proclaimed for decades, or do they not? What do they stand for? Based on the gigantic hole the tax cut would blow in the budget, the answer would seem to be obvious. Ra…

Medical breakthroughs continue to save lives. But the cost of some of these new therapies can be staggering – hundreds of thousands of dollars – and may mean not all patients can benefit. We must find ways to support medical and scientific advances while ensuring that the cost for lifesaving care is not out of reach for Americans. Private companies engage in rese…

By Jean Dickson While the most grievous effects of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard’s administration are the loss of lives in the Holding Center and the Correctional Facility, there have also been tremendous financial costs to the taxpayers of Erie County. County Attorney Michael A. Siragusa’s reports show that no county official has used more public funds to protect hi…

By Joanne Padley As a painfully shy child growing up, I rarely had the confidence to speak out loud, to express opinions (really, to even have opinions) or to engage in conversation with strangers or acquaintances on more than very basic levels. I was able to get through most of my formative years this way, and managed to mask much of it in school, trying to stay under …

NFL players could fund body cameras for policeOne of the NFL player protests is about police brutality. Many police departments would like to implement body cameras, but it’s too expensive. How about the NFL players fund those body cams in their respective cities. Put up or stand up!Daniel QuinnWest Seneca

Trump is leading U.S. down the wrong pathSince Donald Trump has taken over as president only a short time ago, he has managed single-handedly to turn our once proud country into a disaster and a mockery all over the world. He is trying to take away health care from the poor, has discouraged foreigners from coming to the U.S. and has emboldened white supremacists and neo-Na…

We must work with Iran and give peace a chanceIn 2013, Iranian voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly elected the most moderate candidate presented to them. In 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program, went into effect. In 2017, Iranians re-elected Hassan Rouhani to a second term and the JCPOA is still in effect. San…

Without a light, officers’ help it’s dangerous to exit churchIf you’ve ever attended weekend Mass at St. Gabriel’s in Elma, you know how difficult it is to get out of the parking lot onto Clinton Street after services. Contrary to what our new pastor thinks, it is not the congregation in the lot that is the problem, it is the busy traffic on Clinton. Recently, the …

Let’s put politics aside and be Americans firstLike many Americans, I was both very impressed and emotionally moved by White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly’s comments at the White House on Oct. 19 regarding a telephone conversation between President Trump and a Gold Star family member from Florida.As the former U.S. ambassador to Malta from 2001 to 2004, we worke…

NFL players should stage protest on their own timeI have a very simple solution to the protesting on the sidelines in the NFL. When you come in to work, put your street clothes and your opinions in your locker. When your day’s work is done, put your street clothes back on and give all the opinions you want. This way you respect your country and still keep your First Amen…

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…

At least he was honest – and said he was sorry. Apology accepted, but it doesn’t change the fact that black, smelly sewer discharge has oozed into the Niagara River. Over and over, and worse, captured on video and posted on social media for the world to see. Nicholas J. Forster, the City Council’s appointee to the five-member Niagara Falls Water Board, proclaim…