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By Mary Nicotera Being of Italian-Irish descent and born under the sign of Scorpio, I wear passion and emotion on my sleeve. Consequently, many things in life make my heart swell and bring a tear to my eye. Among those I cherish the most is that feeling I get when I walk into my mentor classroom. The 6- and 7-year-old kids welcome me with a hearty “Miss Mary! Miss …

Changes to Slow Roll will improve the rideSlow Roll will be starting on Monday. I have been working with leader Seamus Gallivan and city officials on some of the problems experienced last year. One of the changes we agreed on is that the ride will no longer interfere with buses. Slow Roll will primarily start from parking lots unless residents agree to host it. Be aware th…

Trump, Putin, Kim are frightening trioBetween President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, we have a triple threat. Any one of these irrational leaders can push the nuclear button at any time. I would not bet on any of them.John JendrysekOrchard Park

SUNY schools provide a first-rate educationIn the Another Voice column on April 20, the Daemen College president takes issue with the Excelsior Scholarship (free SUNY tuition) program recently passed by the State Legislature. He’s protecting his turf, I suppose, which is understandable even though his rationale in doing so is specious at best, i.e., he said that “only…

Time to stop being lazy and pick up your trashAs children, we are taught to clean up after ourselves. Therefore, why as adults do we need to relearn this rule? On my commute home I pass a sign that reads, “Keep Amherst Beautiful.” Ironically, the first time I noticed that sign I saw a blue plastic bag in the field following it. Littering is one of the most common crime…

Foolish to waste millions on unneeded train stationCorrect me if I am wrong, but if I want to go to Chicago on a train, I still have to go to Depew to board. Building a multimillion-dollar station downtown to service three trains and a handful of passengers a day to and from Toronto makes about as much sense as building a billion-dollar stadium downtown for the Bills. Buff…

Foolish to waste millions on unneeded train stationCorrect me if I am wrong, but if I want to go to Chicago on a train, I still have to go to Depew to board. Building a multimillion-dollar station downtown to service three trains and a handful of passengers a day to and from Toronto makes about as much sense as building a billion-dollar stadium downtown for the Bills. Buff…

Wyoming County has solid, vibrant economyUnfortunately a recent News article, supposedly about Trump voters, leaves readers with an extremely inaccurate picture of Wyoming County. The decision to place two pictures of food bank recipients on the front page was apparently designed to reinforce the conclusion that Wyoming County is a “struggling rural county” apparently …

Wyoming County has solid, vibrant economyUnfortunately a recent News article, supposedly about Trump voters, leaves readers with an extremely inaccurate picture of Wyoming County. The decision to place two pictures of food bank recipients on the front page was apparently designed to reinforce the conclusion that Wyoming County is a “struggling rural county” apparently …

Verizon Wireless will have to show some patience and understanding when trying to convince Amherst residents that deploying “small cells” in their neighborhoods is a good idea and that it won’t harm them or drive down property values. Amherst residents will have to show an equal measure of patience as the company makes its case. Each side of this contentious issue…

Few will soon forget the inferno at the High Tread International plant in Lockport last summer that sadly claimed the life of a teenager. The fire burned four days, billowing toxic smoke. Nor will folks around here forget the November fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant the mayor called “catastrophic.” It, too, poured hazardous smoke into the air around the …

By Leonard G. Brown I applaud the April 17 editorial “Averting tragedies” in The Buffalo News recognizing the contribution new legislation signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make to wrongful convictions. The Innocence Project in New York City has been responsible for 187 exonerations in the last 20 years. Applying the law of probability, we can assume that s…

Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger says he wakes up thinking about the Huntley Power Generating Station. He should keep his mind trained on that task. It may take near-obsession to devise a viable use for the 93-acre site on River Road. That’s fine. Figuring out what comes next is an imperative for communities that relied on Huntley, which NRG Energy clos…

Democrats and Republicans differ on many issues, but one on which there is broad agreement is ensuring that water systems are adequate and functioning. It’s a fundamental responsibility of government and one that New York is meeting in bipartisan fashion. Washington needs to take a lesson. Few places around the state need this project more than Western New York does. …

By Pat Webdale It was a great birthday. I am loved. I can tell you that. I was really looking forward to this birthday – my 75th. I wasn’t thinking about getting things, but rather that my whole life had been a gift to me. I felt like a matriarch. Wife, mother of six, grandmother of 10, great-grandmother. I had a good family of origin and a large extended family.…