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Trump needs no help in ruining presidencyI take issue with the letter from a woman accusing the Democrats of “trying to ruin the president.” She twice refers to Hillary Clinton as the “Democrat who …” – apparently unable to utter her name. I understand. I cannot say “Trump” and “president” in the same sentence.The writer says Trump was elected by the pe…

Gaughan merits praise, not criticism, for effortsA recent Another Voice criticized Kevin Gaughan in connection with his Olmsted parks plan. It reminded me that during his many years active in the community, Gaughan has drawn a lot of heat. Could that be due to the amount of light he has cast on Buffalo’s problems and, more important, on how we can solve those problems?Fr…

WASHINGTON – “Sacred heart of Jefferson Davis!” the Southern matriarch of the fictitious Burnside family exclaimed in the 1950s hit film, “Auntie Mame.” That line about the president of the Confederacy was sort of funny then, when Jim Crow was firmly in place in the Democratic Party and the statues of the generals of the traitorous Confederate States sat defiantl…

The grocery store wars have begun in earnest in Amherst, where eight chains will line a 1.5-mile stretch on or near the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor in the town, as recently reported in The News. It is a sign of good times when numerous retailers start elbowing each other to gain, or maintain a foothold. No need to crowd the aisles. It is an encouraging sign to watc…

We must promote peace, not violence and hatredI choose not to promote prejudice, hate, intolerance and violence. I choose not to allow my democracy to be destroyed. I choose not to allow our society to move backward, instead of forward, with regard to racial equality. I choose to believe that all men are created equal. No one race or ethnicity is superior.The aforementione…

Skyway is important part of transportation systemIn 2014, I spoke with a New York State Department of Transportation local staff person, now retired. He said it costs much less to maintain the Skyway than to remove it. He stated two new bridges would be required to replace the Skyway’s functionality.We hear about negative Skyway infrastructure assessments. Negative techn…

Washington and Jefferson didn’t fight to destroy U.S.President Trump said George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, so presumably taking their statues down is the equivalent of taking down those of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and other insurrectionists. This borders on asinine, but it is definitely stupid.Contextually, Jefferson and Washington were forming …

Why can’t Buffalo improve its streets?Driving down to the Hatch for an ice cream cone and a sunset with my wife, several things occurred to me. Why are roads like Washington, Swan, Ellicott, etc., such a minefield of potholes even though it seems they recently have been repaired? Why are the manhole and sewer covers, which happen to lie just about exactly where the passe…

By Joan Wickett I recently stopped at a random estate sale. It was not in the best part of town – an old area dating back perhaps to the settling of the town. The house was a two-story frame, with a front porch (standard for its day) all in wood. The siding was a gray clapboard – crumbling in spots with missing boards and signs of darker paint peeking through the…

Integrate the Turtle in Falls developmentAny proposal to develop the site of the Native American Center in Niagara Falls should include the Turtle, the 60,000-square-foot building inspired by the Iroquois Indian story of the Earth’s creation on the back of a turtle. It was the home of the Native American Cultural Center for decades. Designed by Native American architect …

Scajaquada speed must be addressedMy wife and I decided to have dinner at Hotel Henry, the old mental hospital in Buffalo. Leaving Tonawanda, we took the I-290 to the I-190 to the Scajaquada Expressway, which of course, is no longer an expressway. The speed limit on this multilane highway is now 30 mph, due to an accident in which a little boy was killed.Now I understand c…

Trump knows nothing about country’s historyFor President Trump to brag about how much more he has accomplished compared with past presidents is laughable and shows he knows nothing about history.Maybe he never heard of FDR and the Great Depression, or World War II, little things like that. Or Harry Truman having to make the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan and e…

Fair should take Canadian moneyI found a slap in the face to anybody from Fort Erie or across the border who plans to visit the Erie County Fair. I was over in Canada Monday and ate at a marina near Long Beach. When I paid with U.S. dollars, the nice woman apologized for not being able to convert the money. On return to our country, I went to the fair and tried to pay with…

Buffalo teachers need to stop complainingThe News recently published a letter from a teacher at Waterfront Elementary, “Schools making progress but much work remains.” The writer stated what’s needed are “more school resource officers, counselors and caregivers,” but “unfortunately, financial constraints always enter the picture when implementing programs in ou…