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By Al Greene “What’s Pong?” My 10-year-old grandson and I were discussing technology and it naturally led to video games. “It’s a game Gramps used to play,” I explained. “That’s a funny name for a game,” Austin said. “How many characters were there?” “Well,” I began, knowing what was coming next would be more difficult than trying t…

Bringing Bible into schools would solve many problemsWhy are the media so afraid of looking at the real problem of our school system? With the drug problem, alcohol addiction, sexual issues, suicides and so on, we need to look at the real answer. The person of Jesus Christ, who alone can change the minds and hearts of our youth. We need to address this issue head-on, bring…

Collins shares the blame for Trump’s performanceIn a recent News article, Rep. Chris Collins was bemoaning the president’s incredibly slow pace of filling judgeships. Another article indicated that the attorney general does not have a single U.S. attorney in place. Earlier, The News reported the critical lack of public health officials. Other sources indicated that Sec…

America is divided by partisan politicsTensions are high on Capitol Hill as Democrats and Republicans battle over the selection of government officials. The feud, while long-existent, substantially heightened during the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump, the dogmatic, offensive and unorthodox Republican candidate, emerged as the unlikely winner of the race. Trump’…

Downtown train station is shortsighted decisionA recent News article cites Cincinnati’s Union Terminal as a possible model for reuse of our Central Terminal. Besides now housing museums and a theater, the Cincinnati station has a small Amtrak station. That is precisely what Central Terminal could have.Also, inexplicably left out of The New’s editorial justifying the de…

Automation has caused the demise of many jobsDouglas Turner’s recent column, “Trump quickly betrays blue-collar Americans,” does contain some valuable observations, but he omitted one very important thing.While offshoring has certainly caused some job loss in the U.S., automation – in manufacturing and in other market sectors – is also a major cause of the loss o…

News’ tribute to survivors of Holocaust was terrificI commend photographer Mark Mulville and reporters Gene Warner and Mark Sommer on The News’ remarkable and heartwarming tribute to the survivors of the Holocaust, which was published in the April 23 newspaper.I am so very proud to be living in a country where we have so much peace and freedom.My heart goes out to all …

By George Cassidy Payne I think Americans would be wise not to underestimate the military capability of North Korea. Not only does it possess a nuclear deterrent, it is indoctrinated with a prophetic worldview that claims war with America is inevitable. North Koreans are being prepared to fight with everything from hand tools to automatic weapons. They are going to fig…

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s fortunes continue to grow through the latest in a series of extraordinarily generous donations, this one from the estate of pop artist and Buffalo favorite, Marisol, an enormously talented and prolific artist. She generously bequeathed to the gallery its largest single donation of art. Marisol died last April at 85. The trove she left t…

The U.S. census, constitutionally required to be undertaken every 10 years, is at risk of conducting a poor count as Congress fails in its obligation to fund preparations and render the process modern and as efficient as possible. That’s a problem for New York and any state with high concentrations of minority residents. The census is more than a numerical count. It i…

Let’s all pitch in and help clean trash from landscapeIt is so welcoming to have spring here. The weather is warming, the birds are chirping and the flowers are presenting their buds as a preview for what is to come. Another sign of spring is the trash that was hidden under the snow and is now in full view. Even sadder, the trash that keeps popping up daily like new weed…

By Ray Geaney “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull The day I got my puppy was one of the happiest of my childhood. Two years later, when I was 7 and my Uncle Jack put him down, was the saddest. He didn’t have a choice. My dog dashed onto the street in front of our suburban home in Cork, Ireland, and a speeding vehic…

Now that the conversation on whether to extend Metro Rail to Amherst is growing louder it is time to look at some realities. Indeed, the notion of extending the rail service from the University at Buffalo’s South Campus in Buffalo to its North Campus in Amherst has gained in popularity since the 1980s and 1990s. For various and disputed reasons, the proposal to exten…

By Marissa Shorenstein and Anthony B. Spada Spring is the season of life, a time of renewed energy and growth. It is a time when more people take to the roads and sidewalks and revel in warmer weather.  Despite the vibrant colors of the flowers, the sound of children playing outdoors, April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month – a month in which we also face t…