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By Cynthia Balderman I learned the mysterious ways of the beauty parlor at a young age. Each Saturday morning, after my mother had seen my father and brothers off to synagogue, she took me along to the hairdresser.   The object of the weekly visit was to have her hair washed, set and sprayed with a shellac-like substance that held it glued in place for seven whole days.…

By Maurine J. Berens If Facebook is a neutral platform, as Mark Zuckerberg seemed to imply during his congressional hearings, then why has the company had a job opening posted since last week entitled “Politics and government outreach associate manager”? The job post states that Facebook is “looking for an experienced leader to join its Politics & Government Team.” …

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The area along the Niagara River has long been an untapped resource for developers on the West Side. Situated against a beautiful natural backdrop with views extending across the border, that section of the city has always represented an opportunity. It just needed the right moment. That moment is coming in the form of a Rochester firm and Buffalo developer who wants to…

Study of Bird Island repairs should not cost half a millionThe Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Buffalo are going to team up on a $500,000 study to determine how to shore up the side of Bird Island. I sincerely hope that total is a joke! One can get an idea what needs to be done just by looking at the picture that was in The Buffalo News. A good reinforcement of the…

Disposable plastic bags reused for many thingsI am writing in response to the letter in support of a bill to ban all disposable plastic bags. While I applaud the writer’s objectives, I can’t support her conclusions. It’s easy to say that all shoppers should bring their own bags, and for shoppers with motor vehicles, this is a reasonable expectation. Just toss your reusable…

Bringing daylight to abuse, lies is not ‘sensationalism’This Buffalo native and Catholic-educated (Canisius High School and Marquette University) resident offers praise to The Buffalo News for giving the Western New York community much-needed and long-delayed truth and factual information regarding abusive priests. I take issue with the writer of the recent letter to the e…

Country Music Awards show was wholesome entertainmentSunday night, I made myself comfortable on the couch, turned on the TV and watched the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire. The show was filled with great people, great music and, best of all, no Jimmy Kimmel, no vulgarities, no disparaging disregard for our law enforcement or the president of our cou…

Support East Side churches, Broadway Market year-roundHere we go again. The Polonia District can go back into retirement as the thousands who came over the Easter season can once again return to their suburban malls and churches. On the evening of Holy Thursday, hundreds came to visit seven churches, pray and exclaim with amazement over the beauty of the architecture and u…

Here’s a shout-out to Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, the most recent of hero pilots whose coolness under extraordinary pressure saved dozens of lives. Shults guided a badly damaged Southwest Airlines jet to a safe, emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday. A former Navy fighter pilot, Shults was at the controls of a Boeing 737 when one of the engines exploded. The shrapnel…

By Lisa Battaglia I recently attended the March for Our Lives in Niagara Square with some friends and was so moved by the students who got up and spoke about gun violence and how these school shootings are affecting them. This compelled me to write about another form of violence that does not get enough news coverage but happens on a daily basis, it has many names but t…

By Nicole Hallett In December 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a “Buffalo Billion II,” which is focused on bringing smaller manufacturers to Western New York. “We’re making strategic investments today to foster … job creation across Western New York,” Cuomo said when announcing this latest initiative to bring jobs to Buffalo and Erie County. Yet, this focus on job cr…

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Government is always a blunt instrument – less a scalpel than an earthquake. Even the best of its actions reverberate far beyond their intended goals and often in ways it doesn’t anticipate. But that doesn’t excuse it from anticipating. Today, the New York State Department of Labor needs to anticipate as it considers imposing regulations on how businesses schedule their…

Self-serving politicians have forgotten the peopleI want my money back! I am sick of paying for political infighting. A year has gone by and all I see is money going to lawyers who have nothing to do with running the country. I want better roads and bridges; teachers who are paid more than politicians, because they hold our children and our futures in their hands every day…