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By Thomas Frazier As a 45-year veteran of law enforcement, I believe in following evidence and facts. The opponents of ride-hailing legislation currently being considered in the New York Assembly are getting the facts wrong when it comes to safety and background checks. In multiple studies conducted over more than a decade, the U.S. Justice Department and Government…

Forget, for the moment, the potential legal ramifications of the revelations about Niagara County Community College’s “system” – and we use the word loosely – for hiring contractors for its culinary institute in Niagara Falls. Those issues will be sorted out in time. For now, it’s enough to observe that the project was corrupted simply from a public policy s…

We must stand together against injustice, hatredAs an organization dedicated to making Western New York a more just and inclusive community, the National Federation for Just Communities rejects the stringent immigration executive order and stands in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters. We strongly condemn the recent incidents of harassment and violence against …

Why won’t the GOP admit Obamacare is worth fixing?So, over the past six or seven years, Republicans in Congress have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act some 60 times, in the safety of their knowledge that President Barack Obama would veto the bill. Since winning the presidency and retaining both houses of Congress, no votes to repeal the ACA.President Trump campaign…

Buffalo Fire Museum is an educational treasureI had the greatest experience visiting the Buffalo Fire Historical Museum. I arrived with two purposes – I wanted to learn about the history of the Buffalo Fire Department, and I wanted information on my great-grandfather, Frank L. Barrick, who served with Engine 33 when it was dedicated in 1909.I left knowing that he also se…

Let’s stop hurling insults, have thoughtful exchangeFor several years, I have been following the comments to the letters to the editor. I did this because of an interest about the feelings people experienced in terms of the political climate. Since President Trump’s election, my interest has piqued.What I have found is that so many Americans, from the left and from the…

By Zach Krajacic Starting on Ash Wednesday, many Catholics will begin some type of sacrifice or resolution for Lent. A great way to grow in holiness during Lent is to frequently receive the sacrament of confession (also known as reconciliation or penance). Based on my own personal experience, I have found this sacrament to be a powerful way to draw closer to Jesus. T…

Let’s repair, not demolish, McCarley Gardens homesAs the great-niece of the Rev. Burnie C. McCarley, founder and namesake of the McCarley Gardens housing development, I oppose the plan to tear down and rebuild the development. Being intimately familiar with the housing development building history, purpose and mission, I affirm that McCarley Gardens was built to last.Arc…

Mark J. Czarnecki left an impression on this community and in a quiet, effective manner. At 61, he died on Sunday, after a lengthy treatment for cancer in his pancreas. He had a dedication and pride throughout a distinguished 40-year career at M&T Bank, where he rose from assistant to branch manager and ultimately becoming the bank’s president and chief operating …

By Peg Cushman Jack, the cat who adopted us three years ago, arrived on our doorstep because he has a special calling. Most days in the funeral business are emotionally overwhelming, but Jack lightens the atmosphere and is a great stress reliever for our family and the  families we serve. Even though most of his day is spent lounging in the sun, occasionally shreddi…

Singling out immigrants ignores history and factsThe letter, “America cannot ignore threat immigrants pose,” was almost perfect, except it’s not just immigrants we have to be watchful of. The writer referenced very real, documented examples of lethal aggression and deadly attacks by individuals from other countries.What we can’t leave out, however, are the mass mur…