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By Angela Jonathan She showed up at Tuscarora School in Lewiston in 1965 with a great attitude and a kind heart – a young college student from Niagara Falls fulfilling her final requirements for her teaching certificate. She made such a lasting impression on me that she was remembered and thought of for many years. Her cheerful attitude, her soft-spoken kindness a…

Ending or cutting COLAs will hurt federal retireesAs a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget that would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that would reduce COLAs for federal ret…

Don’t brag about Trump, who is wasting millionsA recent letter writer stated that President Trump has donated his salary of $400,000 to charities, and is donating $1 million to the hurricane relief fund. Then the writer attacked liberal politicians for not donating money to the fund.Let’s start with the latter. Did he ever stop to think maybe all of those people have d…

Writer fails to realize the NFL is a businessThe Another Voice in the Sept. 13 News asked, “Why isn’t the NFL standing with Colin Kaepernick?” I have limited space, so here is my 2 cents’ worth. In my opinion, this has nothing to do with race or social injustices; it’s because the NFL is a business and an employer. The league pays players to play football. For ex…

Now is absolutely the time to address climate changeEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s statement that it was insensitive to bring up climate change following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose further defines his tenure at the EPA as a disgraceful, shameful charade. Few journalists felt inclined to point this out, although the Miami Herald noted t…

Build drug disposal system to protect local waterwaysThe Erie County Pharmaceutical Water Pollution Act has been stuck in committee for over a year without even the opportunity for public discussion. The bill is designed to help reduce the amount of trace pharmaceuticals in local waterways by building a robust drug disposal system. Even better for Erie County taxpayers, th…

The case of Richard A. Metcalf Jr., the inmate who suffered fatal injuries while in the custody of Erie County jail deputies, has taken a disturbing turn with a judge’s decision to seal the testimony of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. The deposition should be unsealed. The public has a right to know what is happening in its institutions, especially ones as troubled as the …

By Brandon Absher As he refers to me by name several times, I thought I might take a moment to evaluate Michael Giallombardo’s recent defense of the Columbus statue in the Another Voice column, “Ruthlessness predated the arrival of Columbus,” and explain my own argument for why it should be taken down. According to Giallombardo, like Columbus, the indigenous pe…

Canadian health model would work in AmericaFifty years ago, Canada replaced its private health insurance morass with single payer, universal, tax-funded basic health care insurance without deductibles or copays. At that time, insurance interests fought using the same arguments we’re hearing: Socialism is bad; overwhelming costs will destroy the economy; quality of care w…

When opponents are ready to make peace, they can do it. It’s a lesson that history has taught over and over again. It’s a shame it took so long to do that in the Williamsville School District, but peace appears to be in the offing as the superintendent and teachers union work to resolve their differences. Good for them. It’s been three years of acrimony for whi…

By Darlene Schrantz My hospital sits on a well-traveled country road in rural Erie County. It draws patients from Arcade to Gowanda and everywhere in between. They visit to get healthy, to stay healthy and to heal what ails them. I call Bertrand Chaffee Hospital “my hospital” with good reason. I started my first and only nursing job there 45 years ago and spent m…

We’re not exactly sure what the $50,000 fine will accomplish – or, more to the point, who will actually end up paying it – but, regardless, it’s all to the good that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo came to Niagara Falls last week to vent his anger over July’s black sediment discharge into the world-famous river. The governor not only lit into the Niagara Falls Water Boar…

By Brian Smith We have a prescription drug disposal problem. The lack of options to easily and safely dispose of unwanted pharmaceutical drugs is not only contributing to the drug abuse epidemic in Erie County, but also to the pollution of our Great Lakes. Many people stockpile unused drugs in household medicine cabinets, which are then accessible to abusers or lead …

Plans for Elmwood will enhance neighborhoodWe fortunately live in a free country and have the right to speak freely, protest and take legal action against anyone we disagree with. That being said, I wonder if the plaintiffs in the latest stonewalling lawsuit, who may or may not even live in the subject area, have ever taken a long hard look at the properties being replaced…

Some voters would like old lever machines backAfter another low Primary Day election turnout, some people have raised the issue of extending voting over several days instead of just one in an effort to combat voter apathy.As an election inspector who helps people cast their vote, I can attest to the fact that if there were a huge increase in voter turnout, the voting proce…