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One weather report is fine, but stations go overboard We all agree with a recent writer on the need to know what the weather will be, and how difficult a question that can be for those of us living in the amazingly variable conditions of Western New York. (I commuted between Buffalo and Springville for 30 years with the common occurrence of cloudless, sunny blue skies at …

We can’t assume anything president says is the truthThis is to propose that President Trump is not a liar. Liars sometimes speak or write untruthful statements knowingly and for self-serving purposes. Trump, on the other hand, so constantly and frequently speaks untruthfully that he should properly be called an untruther. One cannot assume he knowingly and for self-serving…

Come up with a better plan for housing in empty churchWhat kind of monsters wouldn’t want low-income seniors to have affordable housing in an empty church? That’s what the stories imply regarding the battle over Ascension Church. In fact, according to the plans, only two apartments will be in the empty church – in the basement. Nice light. The rest of the church will remai…

People of Togo could teach our president some mannersI understand that, according to Fox News commentator Jesse Watters, our so-called president’s crude, insulting description of African countries and Haiti is the way “ordinary people” talk. Well, I guess that I am not ordinary, nor are most people with whom I am acquainted. Instead of ordinary, I would describe President …

Honorable Republicans appear to be in hidingListen, can you hear it? If you listen very closely you can hear the disintegration of our society and the political system that made the U.S. a country the whole world admired and attempted to emulate. People flocked here looking for an opportunity to live in freedom, peace and justice. It really started in 1630 when John Winthr…

By Stephanie Crockatt and Sean M. Ryan Advocacy is a complicated art, requiring that you ignore all the reasons why it won’t be successful and trust in the major reason why it will. Risks for what’s important require great fortitude and energy. As with many nonprofits, advocacy is the primary principle on which the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy was founded. Goal ide…

By Charles A. Deacon As I was growing up, I can’t remember celebrating many New Year’s Eves. But I do remember two things happening on New Year's Days. The first event was when Edith Beal and Alice Belcher, distant cousins, joined us for dinner at noon. Edith, a widow, did the cooking for the two of them. She was short and very heavy. Alice, tall and thin, served as …

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The law, if it is enacted, might not be aggressively enforced. In practice, it would surely be too difficult to cite every driver smoking with a child inside the vehicle. But Erie County should adopt this legislation, anyway. It will send the right message about a pernicious habit that risks the health of the helpless. Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke proposed th…

Why would Norwegians want to come to America? Looks like our president has never heard the saying, “It’s wise to engage brain before putting mouth in gear.” He seems to only want white, blue-eyed blondes from Norway, Sweden or Finland to become new citizens of our country. He is foolish enough to pick countries that have, probably, the best government-sponsored social …

Don’t mess with marina across from CanalsideLeave the marina across from Canalside alone. Please. Every year for the past five years, there has been a disruption of First Buffalo River Marina, always ending with the loss of slips. Longtime, paying residents of the marina are displaced by yet another access point for the public. Now there is talk of another bike ferry landi…

GOP leaders need to stop burying their heads in sandI have a theory about why Republicans are burying their heads in the sand over President Trump: They want Democrats to do the dirty work.Follow my logic: Democrats win back the House and Senate this November and impeachment proceedings begin. It’s a quick, no-nonsense process, even in the Senate, because future Sen. Mitt …

When will Democrats start working to cut state taxes?Well, I see our well-heeled state Democrats are at it again in their attempt to undermine President Trump. Now they’re attacking his historic tax overhaul. Friday’s front-page story talking about creating state-run charities to do an end run around the SALT limits in the new tax code is like the kettle calling the pot bl…

Raise speed limit to 40 mph on Scajaquada ExpresswayI applaud Rod Watson’s recent comments about the Scajaquada Expressway. Route 198 is part of a regional transportation system. It is a state road, not a Buffalo road, not a Parkside community road. New York State built Route 198 to connect Route 33 and Interstate 190. Where Delaware Park was compromised to build Route 198…

By Bob McCarthy The Jan. 1 news dropped onto New York Republicans about as welcome as a New Year’s hangover. Harry Wilson, the Westchester County financier who was actively exploring a challenge to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this year, passed on a campaign the GOP desperately wanted him to embrace. “I have been highly reluctant to rule out running because I very much woul…