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I never thought the day would come when I would be ashamed of my country. But that day has come.I cannot accept the mean-spiritedness of this administration. It is not who I am. Not only am I ashamed of this administration, I am ashamed of the Republican Party whose silence on immigration is deafening. I am sorry Tom Reed is my representative in the House.I am thankful for…

News staff reporter Keith McShea’s June 11 article on the dangers of Zoar Valley’s terrain to hikers didn’t tell of other incidents. I am speaking about the people who visit this area for other reasons which can turn out to have devastating consequences. On June 23, my precious and only daughter, Amanda, at age 22 became a homicide statistic while visiting Zoar Valley 21 y…

When I attended school, we regularly had fire drills. Fortunately, there was never a fire, but my schools made sure the students and administrators were prepared; knew what to do in the event of a fire.The Buffalo Bills are now in training camp preparing for the upcoming season. During the season they will (generally) play one game a week, have one day off to rest, and fiv…

Mark Twichell’s June 7 commentary (“Wind turbines threaten property values in Chautauqua”) fails to mention the overwhelmingly positive benefits wind power brings to rural communities.Wind projects bring new high-paying jobs both during and after construction, infrastructure investment, and new revenue for the community. In New York, landowners hosting wind turbines receiv…

By Stephen T. Banko III My life is proving that the number of visits I make to the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center is directly proportional to the age I reach: the older, the more visits. I guess that’s the good news: the getting older part. Having been a patient at the facility for almost half a century I am pleased to report that the care and treatment I’ve…

By A. Benjamin Mannes In response to horrifying school shootings, Americans tend to oversimplify the issue or, worse, distract the nation toward wedge issues. The truth is, addressing this issue is a lot more complex than simply “stopping a bad guy with a gun.” As someone who has conducted executive security assessments for public and Catholic schools and colleges, I be…

The correlation is a strong one: Doctors in New York State who receive payments from opioid makers prescribe more of them than doctors who get no payments. That was the finding of a report released this month by the New York State Health Foundation, as reported in The News. The foundation used data from 2013 to 2015. Nearly 3,400 doctors in the state who wrote opioid…

Editorials

At least two county legislators clearly understand the problem of the Erie County Water Authority and what it will take to deal with it. Thomas Loughran of Amherst and Patrick Burke of Buffalo, both Democrats, say this mismanaged authority should be abolished and replaced by a county water department. They’re right. The question is, why are only two of the Legislature’s…

The reporting on Buffalo’s murals as a public art effort acknowledges the pride in place we in the city have.Celebrating the neighborhoods within the 52 square miles of Buffalo also presents a valuable opportunity to highlight the neighborhoods as unique cultural resources.Specifically, Buffalo’s neighborhoods are a living atlas of American history and deserve protection a…

The scathing report by the state Authorities Budget Office offers not only fair but trenchant criticism of the long-politicized Erie County Water Authority. It also validates the useful spotlight focused by The News on the authority’s entrenched failings.But the state’s recommendation that Jerome Schad, the authority’s new chairman, be replaced is an over-reach. It’s true …

A recent letter writer complained about environmentalists obstructing progress on the waterfront. There are many things wrong with this opinion.For starters, people are often confused about what constitutes progress. Building a new building isn’t necessarily progress. The writer is cheerleading for a millionaire who begs for taxpayer help to build a development that many c…

A recent letter implied that Catholics who are troubled by the priest sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church should look to another faith to ease their minds and find comfort. I beg to differ.If you want to leave the Catholic Church over this, or the fact that it doesn’t ordain women, go ahead and take the easy way out and leave. My faith means more to me than that …

President Trump is doing an excellent job of alienating the United States from the rest of the world. His childish behavior, name-calling, demanding everything, acting impulsively on matters of great importance, the stupid and embarrassing tweets, and all his idiotic behavior is doing nothing to make this country great.All it is doing is proving to the entire world that th…

Columns

WASHINGTON — O Canada. It is hard to explain to anybody down here how why the remarks that President Trump and his aides made about Canada sting so deeply and so frighteningly. Maybe the fact my mother was a Canadian citizen, as were my maternal grandparents, might help. Perhaps the fact that my own family lived for years within easy sight of the Old Fort Erie explains …