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Let’s move to center, seek common groundWith President Trump’s 100 days in office and its many disappointments, I’ve pondered my role as a power of one. I am on a resist Trump communication network and dutifully write letters to support climate change, building bridges instead of walls and maintaining our nation as a refuge for immigrants. I am a founder of a not-for…

Canadian health system is a sound model for U.S.My mother died of lung cancer at 76 after decades of smoking. When she became very ill during conventional treatments, she asked my wife to be there with her.At my mother’s visit to the doctor, he explained that she likely had only weeks left, maybe two months at most, if she was lucky. He then mentioned that there was an e…

Waterfront high-rise poses big risk to migratory birdsThe fate of the proposed 22-story tower on Buffalo’s waterfront will soon be decided in a court of justice. But will justice be served?Last year, the developer became well-informed of the negative impact the structure could have on some of the thousands of migratory birds that follow Lake Erie’s shoreline to their v…

Many workers have benefited from Seneca Nation projectsRegardless of the recent developments between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State, what I can personally attest to is the economic benefit the Seneca Nation has had for all of Western New York.For 14 years, the Seneca Nation has constructed numerous buildings, such as the Seneca Niagara, Buffalo Creek and S…

Obama should decline high-paid offers to speakFormer President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 at a conference organized by Cantor Fitzgerald LP. The organizer is involved in the worldwide marketing of U.S. government securities and works closely with the Federal Reserve. I’m sure that Obama will be a fascinating speaker.Harry Truman, after leaving the presidency, was…

Apology should include playing of Polish musicMost Polish-Americans grew up hearing maligning insults from sideliner peers and adults. For us it was never humor; neither was Morning Bull’s Dyngus Day harassment. This taunting causes young Pol-Ams to deal with shame, according to Notre Dame sociologist Leonard Chrobot. Many of their U.S. elders conceal their identities.…

Brave people of Poland do not deserve ridiculeAlthough I didn’t listen, a local radio station invited listeners to call in Polish jokes on Dyngus Day. That act is not just insensitive but shows ignorance.In 1939, Poland was under attack not only by the Germans from the west but the Russians from the east. Total occupation occurred shortly thereafter and with it came extr…

First 100 days were worse than expectedPresident Trump’s 100th day in office, his so-called honeymoon period, is over. During this time, the country has listened, almost daily, to half-truths and complete fabrications emanating from him. Certainty regarding people or events has changed 180 degrees from one day to the next, straining believability.His narcissism finds no …

Transparency lacking in train station decisionWe have a mayor of Buffalo who seemingly projects transparency and openness with his words. Yet the sad actuality is that nothing could be further from the truth. Point in fact, his actions speak louder than any of his double-talk on how impartial the decision process for the train station location was carried out. This imparti…

Would station tell jokes about other ethnicities?We are totally insulted by the behavior of 97 Rock and its airing of Polish jokes on Dyngus Day. Not only did the announcers tell these jokes, they also asked their listeners to call in with Polish jokes.We, as Polish-Americans, find nothing funny about this kind of broadcasting. We would like to see the local reaction if th…

Panel forfeited chance to revive the East SideOnce again the East Side of Buffalo is left to rot in a sea of neglect and disregard! As a former resident of the East Side and Polonia, born and raised there during the area’s heyday, I am dismayed at how our legislators and planners continue to ignore an entire area of the city.There is no foresight in locating the train st…

FDR showed how much can be done in 100 daysAs President Trump’s first 100 days – or as he puts it “ridiculous standard” – ends, I’ve thought of the first 100 days of FDR. His accomplishments in the Great Depression gave heart to a nation suffering from 25 percent unemployment.The legislation that Roosevelt signed into law during his first 100 days became the ba…

Congress has to take health care seriouslyIt has been weeks since the Republican alternative to Obamacare failed to make it to a vote in Congress. For seven years, I have heard the Republicans describing Obamacare as a terrible piece of legislation, a nightmare, a system that would soon fall under its own weight. Fifty or so times they voted unsuccessfully to end it.Then t…

Amherst town clerk does an excellent jobAs someone who has utilized the Town Clerk’s Office in Amherst on a number of occasions, I have never known the clerk to behave in the manner described by the woman seeking the death certificate. Marjory Jaeger has done a great job as town clerk in Amherst and, as a senior citizen, I can tell you that I appreciate several changes s…

Higher assessments unfair to homeowners near projectIn February, we received our assessment notification on Britannia Drive in East Amherst with about a 30 percent increase in assessed value. Other residents in our neighborhood saw increases greater than ours.In 2015, the voters approved a $27 million athletic field improvement project, adding synthetic turf, lighting, con…