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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…

Dentists should disclose where products are madeShakespeare remarked, “Me thinks thou dost protest too much!” The story, “Dentists object to being forced to reveal where crowns, dentures are made,” in The News on Sept. 15 reminds me of that quote.After reading what’s going on in the Erie County Legislature regarding dental disclosure and that there is push-back a…

Westwood developers should withdraw planThe Westwood partners are suing the Amherst Town Board for conducting a review of their project requesting a rezoning of a 170-acre parcel from its current zoning as recreation, open space and greenways to allow a mini city in the center of town.Developers typically prefer to fast-track project approvals, outside the public eye surre…

Amherst needs greenspace to cope with Mother NatureThe Westwood development project remains a debacle. The critical issues of mitigating for traffic, sewage disposal and stormwater runoff have not been resolved. Amherst officials should have made it clear from the beginning that owning land does not entitle anyone to a rezone. Especially a rezone that would result in desta…

Native Americans have suffered tremendouslyIf those who are determined to change history by removing Confederate monuments because they hurt or offend them, then shouldn’t we start at the very beginning, with the American Indians?The early settlers tried to con them into thinking that their religion was wrong, but escaped their countries to have religious freedom. They r…

Lott’s absurd proposal won’t safeguard votingPresident Trump lost the popular vote, ergo we have a voter fraud problem, ergo we have a voter integrity commission. At the August delegation’s recently convened inaugural meeting in the Granite State, an idea, bordering upon genius, was put forth by panelist John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. H…

Village of Lancaster residents want what other villages haveAs a lifelong resident of the Village of Lancaster, I read the article in The News last week about village officials asking residents what they want in their village. What they want?Ah! You know, my father told me the new Peace Bridge would be done before the village does anything. He may be right.Here is what I w…

Medical aid in dying can never be endorsedWith its Sept. 15 editorial decrying the recent New York State Court of Appeals decision against physician-assisted suicide, The News editorial board abandons some of the very groups it has championed in the past: the seriously ill, the elderly, the handicapped, those suffering from depression. It is blindly naive to think that pat…

Special-needs families define meaning of loveThanks to The News for publishing the article about the responsibility of raising special-needs children. Only the article should have been on the front page.How can anyone not be touched by the courage of these families? I know they do not need hoorays, but they have been given, for whatever reason, a journey in life that defin…