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People should never walk with their back to trafficDo you want to save a pedestrian’s life? You can by simply advocating the following: Always walk facing traffic.I wish we could count on the driver of a car traveling the same road to always be aware of where she/he is driving, but history has proven that to be wishful thinking. Texting, phoning, eating, primping, tendin…

To some extent, the problem affecting Lake Erie beaches is the same one tormenting property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline: There’s too much water. Efforts are underway to attend to some of those problems, but among them needs to be the infrastructure program authorized in the state budget earlier this year. With the deluge of rain this spring, beach water…

By Peg Cushman I was incredibly lucky to have had two amazing parents whom I loved dearly. My heart was not ready when I lost Dad, and it felt like a kick in the stomach when Mom died. Scenes of our wonderful life together flashed before my eyes. I thought no one would ever love me the way Mom did. I was wrong; my siblings do. I never realized what an intense and lon…

By Kirk Laubenstein When making an important decision, it is critical to view both the pros and cons of the situation. What are the benefits? What could go wrong? This is something I also consider when voting, especially on referendums that will impact my state, my community, my livelihood, my friends and my family. And this year, I’ve been taking the time to co…

Canadians are happy with their health careSally Pipes’ Another Voice column claimed that the national health care system in Canada is bad. She forgot to tell us that no national politician in Canada has run on a platform to scrap its national health care system for what we have in the states. There’s a reason for that. He or she would lose the election.A few years ago,…

Loss of Chautauqua Amp was a devastating blowThe Amphitheater – the National Historic Landmark where the “Chautauqua platform” was born, where American culture was shaped and where the women’s suffrage, temperance, and civil rights movements gained steam – was unnecessarily demolished to make way for a $41.5 million imitation.This happened despite principled and …

Former jail attendant merits harsher sentence The News did a good job bringing to public awareness the details of the recent abuse of a prisoner by an attendant in the city cellblock. But it is incredulous that the defendant is only facing up to 21 months of imprisonment. Which means it could be several months less. Did people read the severity of physical torment and …

New York Health Act will cost less, cover moreSally Pipes’ recent Another Voice asserts that the New York Health Act involves a “government-run” health care. She misinterprets the proposal, which is for a government bill-paying program, like Medicare and Medicaid, with continued private provision of health care. Doctors and hospitals will continue to operate as they …

The USS Fitzgerald was plenty seaworthyIn the letter titled, “Military maintenance could use more funding,” the writer states, “Destroyers nowadays cost more than a billion dollars, yet merely running into a freighter almost sank one.”This statement causes me to wonder about the writer’s nautical expertise. I served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years on active duty. I…

By Marty Walters Eight years ago, I first met Francis A. Kennedy. That meeting changed my life. A guy named Dan gave me Frank’s number during a “green business” function at the Buffalo Museum of Science. I was scouting ideas for possible environmental-themed documentaries. At that point in my life, I was looking for a new direction. I thought maybe I could r…

The passing of two major figures in higher education is worth noting. They left a lasting influence on their institutions. The Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, 23rd president of Canisius College, died June 22 at age 81 from pancreatic cancer at Fordham University in New York City. William J. Mariani, president of ECC from 1997 to 2006, died Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute at …

By Margaret Wooster Any major plan or project proposed for the Outer Harbor must account for extreme weather events. Lake surges, high winds, squall lines and flooding were recently discussed in a local government training workshop, Preparing for Extreme Weather through Land Use Planning, presented by Erie County, New York State Sea Grant and the state departments of…

Turner wasn’t even close regarding price of weaponIn Douglas Turner’s recent column on gun control, he states that the Washington, D.C., shooter purchased his weapon for the price of two tankfuls of gasoline, or less. Checking the internet, I found that the price range is $350 to $600 for this type of weapon. I would like to know what type of vehicle Turner drives and …