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Protect unborn children of drug-addicted womenI felt the need to respond after reading Sunday’s News story about the young lady, eight months pregnant and addicted to heroin, released from jail, only to disappear back to her world of addiction. I found Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek’s comments a bit cavalier to the unborn child’s rights. This DA …

By Chrystine Tedeschi Something was definitely wrong. In April 1998, I began experiencing abdominal bloating, urinary frequency and fatigue. These symptoms increased and I became full sooner than usual after eating. I made repeated calls to my doctor. Each time, I was told I was sick because I was a teacher and was around a lot of students with germs or that it was just…

By Nancy Dempsey As reported Sept. 15, Erie Country Executive Mark Poloncarz vetoed a local law intended to benefit purveyors of goods and services made in the United States. As Americans, we understand the call to “buy American.” As Western New Yorkers, Poloncarz, the County Legislature and the rest of us should consider the regional workforce that has evolved over…

When Joseph D. McDonald came to Buffalo 15 years ago, Catholic Health consisted of a collection of hospitals. He turned it into an integrated medical system. As president and chief executive, the affable transplanted Tennessean oversaw the transformation of the hospitals into a $1.2 billion health care system. McDonald, soon to be 65, recently announced plans to retire i…

Pulling the rug out from under millions of Americans, as the latest Republican effort would do, is not the way to fix health care. There were hints last month of a bipartisan attempt to revamp health care. That is the only practical way forward, one that can win the support of the greatest number of Americans. Republicans just can’t give up on the notion of repealing …

Writers attacking liberals omit relevant informationI had to laugh when I read the letters in Everybody’s Column in the Sept. 13 edition of The News. Two writers in a row blasted liberals and Democrats for their viewpoints, while not realizing the irony of their letters.First was the letter complaining about the “liberal bias” of editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis. Of …

We must never give up in fight against cancerIt has been 37 years since a remarkable young man touched my life with his courage, spirit and the awareness he brought to millions of people around the world. His name was Terry Fox, and in 1980 he began his Marathon of Hope across Canada to fight cancer. I would follow his daily progress, and would wonder what he was feeling e…

It’s time to elect candidates who truly embrace changeIn these post-primary days, please take a little time to educate yourself before the November election. Erie County has 44 municipal governments, 30 school districts, 103 fire/EMS companies and countless other taxing authorities just on the local level. This equals inefficient service delivery, needless duplication an…

By Angela Jonathan She showed up at Tuscarora School in Lewiston in 1965 with a great attitude and a kind heart – a young college student from Niagara Falls fulfilling her final requirements for her teaching certificate. She made such a lasting impression on me that she was remembered and thought of for many years. Her cheerful attitude, her soft-spoken kindness a…

Ending or cutting COLAs will hurt federal retireesAs a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget that would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that would reduce COLAs for federal ret…

Don’t brag about Trump, who is wasting millionsA recent letter writer stated that President Trump has donated his salary of $400,000 to charities, and is donating $1 million to the hurricane relief fund. Then the writer attacked liberal politicians for not donating money to the fund.Let’s start with the latter. Did he ever stop to think maybe all of those people have d…

Writer fails to realize the NFL is a businessThe Another Voice in the Sept. 13 News asked, “Why isn’t the NFL standing with Colin Kaepernick?” I have limited space, so here is my 2 cents’ worth. In my opinion, this has nothing to do with race or social injustices; it’s because the NFL is a business and an employer. The league pays players to play football. For ex…

Now is absolutely the time to address climate changeEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s statement that it was insensitive to bring up climate change following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose further defines his tenure at the EPA as a disgraceful, shameful charade. Few journalists felt inclined to point this out, although the Miami Herald noted t…

Build drug disposal system to protect local waterwaysThe Erie County Pharmaceutical Water Pollution Act has been stuck in committee for over a year without even the opportunity for public discussion. The bill is designed to help reduce the amount of trace pharmaceuticals in local waterways by building a robust drug disposal system. Even better for Erie County taxpayers, th…