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Elia pandered to her base in ousting Carl Paladino The way I see it, MaryEllen Elia’s decision to get rid of Carl Paladino was based solely on solidifying her job by catering to the Buffalo Teachers Federation and the bunch in the School Board who I believe are twice as prejudicial as they say Paladino is.I could not care less who they vote for to replace him, but it wil…

It was a long time coming and, even if the pending demise of the Grand Island toll booths amounts only to half a loaf, it will be a tasty treat nonetheless for thousands of drivers every day. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the move Tuesday. Later than it should have, the state will implement a high-speed, cashless toll system at the North and South Grand Island bridges,…

The folks across the border in Canada must be amazed – make that appalled – at how the environmental gem that is the Niagara River is being defiled. The river has endured a disgusting series of sewage discharges in recent months. Worst was the unforgettable image of black sludge from the sewage treatment plant fouling the river. Photos of the stain spread on social…

By Jim Schneegold When I was a little boy, I loved the sound of the piano. While growing up I used to listen to my dad play in our attached garage. I would sit in the living room, which was just on the other side of the attached garage. I could hear every note. My eyes may have been watching TV but my ears were glued to that piano. I remember thinking it would be …

By Pauline Dyson It was 1960, the newly inaugurated president was John F. Kennedy and the Cold War was in full bloom. I taught social studies to high school seniors in suburban Connecticut. The prescribed curriculum listed a unit on ideologies – the tenets of communism, fascism, Nazism. The question of the day was: Would, or could, America become one of those extreme …

The VA must take better care of the veterans it servesHow many times are we going to keep saying this? I am a Vietnam veteran with a few health issues. As we all get older these health issues creep into our lives. This is expected. As a Vietnam veteran I am aware of the issues that Agent Orange may play in my life, also. This is always in the back of my mind.As a 19-year-o…

Buffalo’s primary election carries high stakes for WNYAfter recently spending an enjoyable and somewhat profitable afternoon across the border at the Fort Erie racetrack, I got to thinking about the upcoming Democratic mayoral primary in my hometown of Buffalo. The stakes in this election are high since what happens in the City of Buffalo impacts all of Western New York.…

Governor should sign bill blocking psychiatric merger Recently Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he did not want juveniles placed in with adult prison populations, which certainly makes sense. At the same time, the governor has had legislation on his desk unanimously passed by both New York State legislative bodies to permanently block merging the Western New Yok Children’s Ps…

Bannister made the correct ruling in jailhouse video caseA recent Buffalo News editorial was extremely and unfairly critical of State Supreme Court Justice Tracey Bannister’s decision denying the News’ attempt to obtain the release of a jailhouse video recording that documents the alleged vicious beating of an inmate by a jailer employed by the City of Buffalo. Justice…

Recent VA hospital failures should have consequencesThe story of possible infections through use of improperly cleaned scopes and deliberate reuse of syringes at the Buffalo VA Medical Center is beyond malfeasance; it’s criminal. Are there criminal statutes applicable? Were they applied at the VA? What roles can the federal attorney, New York State attorney general and E…

What happens when the well runs dry? Or, in the case of counties, cities and school districts in Western New York, what happens when the casino money runs dry? That’s what has happened after the Seneca Nation of Indians halted revenue-sharing payments from its three casinos. The solution seems simple enough: Negotiate a settlement. The state and Senecas need to schedu…

By Mary Ann Metzger The yucca stood tall, stately with pride; it takes several years for a plant such as this to produce a bloom of outstanding beauty. Then one year the tall stalk of buds finally bloomed, and with its strong spine portraying a bit of arrogance. But in the heat of a hot summer night it collapsed, bent to disrepair. It was a humbling sight and saddene…

By Kevin M. Gibas Earlier this month, President Trump broke his silence on the opioid epidemic for the first time since taking office in January. Both the president and the secretary of health and human services held press conferences acknowledging the dangers and severity of this epidemic. Later in the week the president even went as far as to declare the opioid crisis…

Everyone has the right to say what they want in this countryLet’s get one thing straight: I do not agree with what these hate groups stand for. However, they are protected by our Constitution. What in God’s name happened to freedom of speech? Does President Trump not have the right also to say what he wants?Just as all of the ignorant media, writers and various groups …