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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 …

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…

WASHINGTON – The National Football League has wisely chosen to take the course of least resistance to the players’ protests during the national anthem – with no help whatsoever from the president and vice president of the U.S. Hats off to anyone who can accurately track how this unfortunate mess started. Some correctly blame it on President Trump for lighting the …

The results of a survey of young professionals in this region aren’t catastrophic – 76 percent of them see opportunity for career growth here – but there’s reason for concern in the significant falloff between that number and the 97 percent who would recommend Buffalo Niagara to others. What accounts for that? That’s the concern about the study of young profes…

By Matt Hurlbutt and Tom Kucharski In recent years, words and phrases such as “resurgence” and “regional momentum” have steadily found their way back into the local lexicon. And it is this newfound confidence and belief in a more promising future that has reignited the innovative soul of Buffalo and Rochester. While our economic development efforts have by no…