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By John R. Lang Mischief energizes me in a weird way. When I was a mere lad, in the 10th grade at Royalton-Hartland High School in Middleport, I got into some trouble. I will leave it at that, though I will say that the principal, Mr. Sanderson, even took a ride out to my folks’ house. So, yes, I was in trouble. We had a woodshed on Hollenbeck Road and I should hav…

Body cameras would benefit police, publicPolice corruption is rampant and unacceptable, locally as well as nationally. Oft-quoted defense jargon regarding law enforcement invariably goes something like “they put their lives on the line every day” or “think of the ‘scum’ they have to deal with.” These are broad generalizations that, while true to an extent, abso…

Americans still waiting for Clinton to apologizeDonna Brazile has admitted her transgression of passing debate subjects and potential questions to Hillary Clinton. Is there no dishonor on Clinton’s part in accepting and using this information? She should apologize because her morality is exposed as flawed also.Dick MauerHamburg

Defense more critical than social programsCounty Executive Mark Poloncarz blasting President Trump’s budget as coldhearted and callous is like the pot calling the kettle black. For years, an overabundance of social programs have been available, including welfare, food stamps and other government giveaways, at the expense of the middle class.Cutting back on social program…

Caring for Great Lakes must remain a priorityUnfortunately, many of the supporters of President Trump’s EPA cuts were not witnesses to the previous conditions within the Great Lakes. In the ’50s, Lake Erie was declared a “dead lake” by many residents. It has taken many years of various groups of stakeholders to regain the Great Lakes as a jewel that we must forever…

Proposed budget targets most vulnerable peopleThe proposed GOP budget eliminates school lunches for poor kids. Not to age discriminate, it also eliminates funding for Meals on Wheels. Additionally, it ends home heating subsidies and Medicaid enhancements. The Trump/GOP policy is pro-life until birth and then starve them, freeze them and let them die.Arlene Burrows, Ph.D.Wi…

We are not speaking out because we’re ‘sore losers’Until this election, Wilson was a brand of tennis ball and Ford a type of car. I could hardly name the presidents, let alone felt strongly one way or the other about particular policies or parties. Now, with a force and magnitude unusual for many, myself and friends along with millions worldwide have risen up, found …

Many homebound rely on essential programMy husband and I have been volunteer deliverers for Amherst Meals on Wheels for over 20 years. MOW is an essential program for the elderly and homebound senior citizens and should never be put in jeopardy. A hot meal and a friendly chat means so much and many of our clients see no one but us during the day. Their smiles when they see…

It’s hard to understand the president’s budgetI don’t understand North Korea. A nighttime view of both Koreas shows South Korean cities illuminated and bustling. North Korea is dark and impoverished. Yet, Kim Jong Un spends millions researching and launching nuclear-capable missiles into the sea. Does he not know or does he not care about the poor and hungry?I don’…

Keep sex offenders out of nursing homesMy first reaction to Tuesday’s News story about the lady in the nursing home who was molested by a sex offender recently released from jail was: Are you kidding me? Is there no common sense in our government? The employees responsible, state and otherwise, should be fired! There is never a good reason to house sex offenders with vul…

Meals on Wheels cuts would be shortsightedMeals on Wheels programs provide nutritious meals and lifeline safety checks to frail homebound seniors and disabled community members, lowering malnourishment and food insecurity. Nationally, Meals on Wheels feeds more than 2.4 million seniors and 500,000 veterans annually; more than 1.5 million meals were served by Meals on Wheel…

I don’t think this is how we make America greatI can remember years ago when the Russians said: We will destroy you from within. Now, with their man in office, have they succeeded? The only thing this administration has accomplished so far is to make its rich friends richer. The country will suffer under his policies.A short list of funding cuts (or about to be cut) incl…

We’ve made great strides, so let’s not turn back nowSince 1965, when Congress created Medicaid and Medicare, health care programs under the Affordable Care Act have made a huge difference in the health of people who qualify for them. Unfortunately, these programs are being threatened. One example is that some states will not support pre-existing conditions.The Center o…

Toddler’s tragic death raises many questionsAnother tragedy involving an innocent 2-year-old, this time Ethan Bigham, who allegedly was abused at the hands of a 17-year-old, Devon VanDerWege.Where were the four adults who were living in the home? Where were the grandparents and relatives if they suspected abuse? How do you leave a 9-month-old and a 2-year-old, who need a…

Plans to replace ACA will hurt many peopleAs a health care provider living in Erie County, I have overwhelming concerns about the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and what the effect will be on the cost of care. Health organizations have spoken out against the American Health Care Act, with concerns about the estimated 14 million Americans who could lose …