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By Janice Schlau “Only her hairdresser knows for sure,” boasted a familiar slogan in an old television commercial. It implied much more, I feel, than trying to persuade women to conceal their gray. Style-conscious housewives took the clandestine, economical route when attempting to compete with the allure of movie screen actresses such as Tallulah Bankhead or Lor…

Who should we believe regarding Trump probe?In his May 22 column, Douglas Turner states: “Comey’s notes, this column believes, confirm that Trump then committed a crime, an obstruction of justice. That’s just one impeachable offense.”On May 19, distinguished liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz called the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller “go…

N. Tonawanda appointees abuse the electoral processFirst Ward Alderman Mark Berube’s recent letter to the editor misused if not abused the comments of alderman candidate Austin Tylec regarding the filling of elected positions by Republican officials in North Tonawanda. Tylec was referencing the excessive instances where Republican elected officials run for office and fai…

NYPA should take the lead in achieving 50 by 30 goalThe New York Power Authority has been a key player in low-cost power generation and distribution in the state since the 1950s. The combined might of the Niagara Power Project and the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project dwarfs more celebrated, federally funded, hydroelectric projects.NYPA creates 100 times as …

Caring doctor makes a world of differenceMy recent experience with Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and one emergency room physician has made me aware that there are still facilities staffed with professionals who care about the people who walk through their doors. I recently brought my son to the ER and had the good fortune of having a wonderful physician attend to my s…

Loud music, bad subtitles annoy many TV watchersI am just another person who hears, and does not appreciate, loud music overwhelming the dialogue on TV shows. My second complaint is using subtitles in the same color as the scene. They manage to put a contrasting background up when they show ads on the same program.John S. VargaBuffalo

If others acted like Trump, they would be crucifiedPresident Trump uses the media to complain about people outside the media who oppose him, and he uses the media to complain about the media, and he and the media both win. This is truly Orwellian. And grossly disingenuous.The media made him, and he knows it. And likewise, he gave the media leading stories; stories that gen…

And, again, innocent people die as ISIS lashes out in a wild and vain effort to accomplish … what? Is it hoping to intimidate the West into backing off its role in defeating the terror organization in Syria and Iraq? If anything, murderous attacks on young people will only steel Westerners to the urgency of the task. Or is it as straightforward as the story of the scorpi…

By Patrick M. Gleason New Yorkers toil under the nation’s highest state tax burden and have been hit with 20 federal Obamacare tax hikes over the last eight years. Adding insult to injury, New York State lawmakers are now considering a bill that would further imperil an already woefully underfunded state pension system and put taxpayers across the Empire State on the …

Polls indicate Trump is connecting with peoplePresident Trump achieved his outsider victory by the simple expedient of connecting directly with ordinary Americans. In doing so, Trump bypassed the Washington establishment, the gaggle of politicians, consultants, lobbyists, media pundits, etc., that see themselves as the gatekeepers to power. Now the empire is striking back.…

Trump must come clean on his business interestsThe News recently carried a New York Times article stating that President Trump was “furious” at White House aides (including his son-in-law Jared Kushner), describing them as “incompetent.” I would suggest that Trump look into one of his gold-plated mirrors and he would see who is really “incompetent,” as well as …

Confederate monuments should not be taken downAbsolutely ludicrous! Since when did Civil War monuments become political pawns? I’m speaking about the plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va. Whoever is behind all this should reconsider.Like it or not, Lee and other Confederate generals are historical figures, just as are Union gen…

Tielman has helped preserve our heritageNo one of our fellow citizens has given better service to the cause of wise conservation of the city’s built environment than Tim Tielman. (“Tielman is replaced on city Preservation Board,” May 18 News.) He has been the vocal opponent of the ill-informed and parochial views that over the years have led to the destruction of muc…

We have to stand up for what we believe inI became an American all over again in the days following Jan. 20. Less than a week after the inauguration, people were literally stopped in their tracks by a country that no longer welcomed them. That was the first day I realized what “chaotic cruelty” meant. My president had chosen meanness over humanity. My president demonst…