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National Fuel is treating landowners with disrespectNational Fuel has told the Erie County landowners like us, who are opposing their seizing of our land under eminent domain for the Northern Access pipeline, that our court case is postponed again. The new date is Aug. 4. Do they think we’ll lose interest?Lia OpreaSardinia

Schools should try other methods to honor studentsI wish schools would stop publishing the honor roll. It brings about unnecessary competition when the goal of learning should be about improving yourself.Students who don’t make the honor roll feel stupid and depressed. The truth is some children are very intelligent and barely have to pick up a book to get A’s while ot…

Turn on the light in an effort to raise political awarenessMy daughter thought we, as citizens, should make a statement of our frustration with all the chaos and dishonesty occurring in our country by arranging to have everyone come out of their houses and stand together on a given night. I love the idea if we could organize it and spread the word some way. I would suggest…

Trump supporters must take Russian meddling seriously Each side in our divided electorate seems to believe its point of view is supported by the facts and that the opposition only wants to deny, obscure or downplay the “real” issues. For instance, some of us regard the Russian attempts to influence the recent election as the leading issue today.But many Trump supporter…

Trump’s ‘successes’ do not add up to much, so farI’m amazed at the energy of our new president. Why, within six months he’s already picked fights with heads of state (including some of our staunchest allies), governors, mayors, justices, both Democratic and Republican members of Congress who didn’t play ball with him, intelligence agencies, late-night talk show…

Financial disclosure reports only stiffen voter resolveThe recently published mayoral campaign financial disclosure reports don’t really contain any bombshells. The fact that the majority of Mayor Byron Brown’s contributions come from people living outside of the city limits and who have or are doing business with the city isn’t surprising – it’s just politics as…

Trump could never withstand the criticism he dealt ObamaIt’s very strange that all these clowns have developed memory loss when queried about Russia. Especially poor, poor Jefferson Beauregard Sessions! It’s amazing that he can recall his own name! I’d suggest he resign and run to sign in at the nearest memory loss unit.Now it’s Made in America week and the No. 1 c…

By Jim Williams It’s not often that I stroll down memory lane. It isn’t because I don’t have fond memories of times gone by, but what is more important to me than dwelling in the past is living in the present and hoping for a brighter tomorrow. But now, I must say, there is a very good reason to make an exception. I recently read that the neighborhood that I gr…

Whoever said that everything old is new again might have been thinking about the Bethlehem Steel property in Lackawanna. What was once the beating heart of the Western New York economy may soon spring back to life as a magnet for large, modern manufacturers. That would put a powerful cap on the revival of a city whose decline began with the hollowing out of the American…

By Greg Slabodkin Have you seen your doctor lately and noticed during the office visit they seem a bit distracted by their computers, rarely making eye contact with you? You’re not alone. Welcome to the age of digital medicine in which physicians have been relegated to the role of data entry clerks, preoccupied with inputting information into their electronic health r…

North Park library reuse preserves valuable historyI was brought up in the Hertel Avenue section of Buffalo. I lived there from birth until I married and moved to Kenmore. Things don’t stay the same. Many businesses have closed, others have opened. It’s called progress.There were two buildings in the area that were very important to me when I was growing up. One was th…

Leaders should take writer’s advice on canal’s bicentennial The July 14 letter calling for Buffalonians and City Fathers to make the most of the upcoming bicentennial in 2025 of the opening of the Erie Canal left me thinking: If our elected officials possessed even half the foresight and vision the letter writer has, Buffalo would have already been restored to its form…

Higgins does hold forums, just not town hall meetingsI read with interest The Buffalo News July 19 editorial about Congressman Tom Reed’s town hall meetings. While it is certainly appropriate to compare Rep. Reed’s constituent contact in town hall meetings with that of the other members of Western New York’s congressional delegation, I disagree with the statement tha…

It is time to finally stop talking about repealing the SAFE ActEvery time I go by a “Repeal the SAFE Act” sign I still have to chuckle. New York SAFE was enacted by a large bipartisan margin in both houses of the State Legislature and signed into law in January 2013 – more than four years ago.Now there is even a proposal to repeal the SAFE Act upstate. Some Western N…