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Don’t allow smoking on Medical CampusWe are members of Reality Check of New York, a group of teens from across the state who educate people in our communities and get them to take action to reduce the impact of tobacco.Recently, we participated in a cigarette butt pickup on Buffalo’s Medical Campus. After cleaning up cigarette butts in a park area where a yoga class me…

By Larry Quinn On the surface, things are looking up for the Buffalo Public Schools. For the first time in many years, the district has an able leader in Superintendent Kriner Cash. He has articulated the goals and aspirations of the district well and has proven himself to be an enthusiastic collaborator with outside agencies. Although Cash won’t perform miracles a…

By Peter Simon I would have preferred to be remembered at Bennett High School’s recent 50th reunion for academic brilliance, outstanding leadership or athletic prowess. But that just wasn’t me, so I would have settled for a reputation as a nice guy with emerging hints of writing ability. After all, I penned a book report during lunch hour for a girl I had a crush…

Local meteorologists get it wrong too oftenThree weeks ago, Buffalo TV station meteorologists predicted that the month of September was going to be below normal temperatures and wet. Look at the past two weeks and the forecast for next week. How wrong can you be?Please go back to the old way of forecasting. The more advanced weather stations get, the more they get wrong. W…

Founders would be appalled by our federal governmentAs I watch what is going on in Washington, D.C., and to a lesser extent in our state and local governments, I am profoundly sad as I write this on the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. I firmly believe that Alexander Hamilton and the other Founders would be appalled at what has hap…

Take better care of veterans who have sacrificed so muchLast week, at the facility where I work as a physical therapist assistant, we had a young man come into our clinic for treatment who was a veteran of the military. As we began to do an examination of impairments, gait and functional limitations, we found out that he needed an assistive device such as a straight cane o…

Gas prices quick to rise and terribly slow to fallWell, it appears greedy Western New York gas station owners win again. When Hurricane Harvey was 300 miles off the coast, gas prices began to rise. When it was forecast to hit the coast of Texas and refineries would close down, gas prices rose again. When reports that gas could rise 30 cents per gallon, almost immediately, …

Ballots that are left blank are recorded as a non-voteA Monday letter appearing in Everybody’s Column regarding pensions misstated the effect of a skipped vote on this year’s state constitutional convention proposition. The letter incorrectly stated “if the ballot isn’t flipped over and the convention vote is left blank, it will count as a yes.” That is not corre…

North Korea poses danger to the worldOur American allies such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and France need to wake up and face reality. Many may not think too fondly of President Trump, but he is not the world’s real problem.I read a very disturbing article in The News on Sept. 18 about North Korea possibly making rocket fuel that may enable it to strike anywhe…

By Trudy Cusella I’m a believer: Dreams come true, even very old dreams. When I was a teenager in the mid-’50s, I volunteered at Father Baker’s home for unwed mothers. I worked in the nursery with babies awaiting adoption. We held, cuddled, rocked, fed, burped, changed, swaddled and comforted healthy newborns. We made up their bassinets and stocked cupboards wi…

By Jessica Anderson Cronenberger It was a really long, crazy day at work and just when I thought I might get a bit cranky – I do that sometimes – my best friend called and said, “Hey, I think I see a picture of your Dad in the West Seneca Bee!” My heart skipped a few beats and I then knowingly smiled as she went on to tell me that it was a 1942 photo of the G…

Top-flight Democrats are not exactly lining up to take on GOP Congressman Chris Collins in 2018. That’s the deal when you’re the incumbent representing the most Republican congressional district in New York, you’ve assembled an impressive team, can boast of overflowing campaign coffers and can dig into your own well-stuffed wallet just in case. And, oh yes, you…

There might actually be a glimmer of hope in the standoff between the state and Seneca Nation of Indians over the sharing of casino profits. The leader of the Seneca Nation now says he is willing to go along with the governor’s request for arbitration to settle the dispute. Having both parties sitting down with the arbitration panel will be the first step in easing th…

By Ashley Hirtzel People with disabilities are worthy of a full and balanced life. As I sit here today, I wonder why some politicians focus only on people who are abusing the Medicaid system. I know that many elected officials in parts of New York State are on the same page as me, but there are still some who seem to forget that cuts to Medicaid would negatively affect …

Collins must stop trying to halt Lighthouse WindSen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s recent town hall meeting in Buffalo highlighted the differences between our local elected federal officials. Our senator is reaching out in public forums across the state to find out what our issues are. Rep. Chris Collins refuses to hold meetings with local voters, especially in a town hall settin…