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NFL players should stage protest on their own timeI have a very simple solution to the protesting on the sidelines in the NFL. When you come in to work, put your street clothes and your opinions in your locker. When your day’s work is done, put your street clothes back on and give all the opinions you want. This way you respect your country and still keep your First Amen…

Protest is clearly aimed at the flagIn the Oct. 15 Viewpoints section, columnist Clarence Page claimed that the recent protests by NFL players during the national anthem are being “misinterpreted” as being against the flag and anthem. Hillary Clinton recently said the same thing. They are the latest in a line of excuse-makers attempting to defend the protest by absurdl…

Diversity in educators shouldn’t be main goalThe Oct. 17 News story regarding the lack of diversity in the countywide teaching ranks was indeed an eye-opener. According to the article, “advocates argue that minority teachers may better understand the cultural and racial backgrounds students bring with them into the classroom, which can lead to improved academic perform…

WASHINGTON – The National Football League has wisely chosen to take the course of least resistance to the players’ protests during the national anthem – with no help whatsoever from the president and vice president of the U.S. Hats off to anyone who can accurately track how this unfortunate mess started. Some correctly blame it on President Trump for lighting the …

Any competent teacher should be able to educate any willing student. In that regard, the diversity of Erie County’s corps of teachers – or rather, the lack of it – may not matter too much. The fundamental question is how many students graduate, well prepared for the next phase of their lives? But it’s not the only question. Another important one is in the lon…

Chicago’s Uber drivers should be on the lookout for Buffalo Bills players. Another one may snag a rider with deep pockets. For the second time this year, a Buffalo Bill found himself stuck in the Windy City after missing a connection, with an important team meeting the next morning. Rather than sink in the eyes of the coaches – and pay a big fine for being late – he …

By Paul Alexander As rumors swirl about New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo running for president – he “is definitely running,” Congressman Tom Suozzi said recently – one question looms. Will the Buffalo Billion, a program Cuomo started with the best of intentions, undo his presidential ambitions? After proposing a five-year $1 billion development plan targeted for…

It’s wrong to cut funds for mental health careA recent writer tried to blame mental illness on the last mass shooting. Automatic weapons are the same as truck bombs. If we need to treat mental illness, then why are the Republicans stripping treatment from the Affordable Care Act?Susan NezezonNorth Tonawanda

Trump’s tax proposal will help middle classPresident Trump is pushing for tax cuts that will give us more take-home pay and thus help to make America great again. His plan would slash business tax rates, double the standard deduction for middle-class taxpayers and make the tax code simpler by eliminating unnecessary deductions.All through President Barack Obama’s years…

Constitutional convention will waste time and moneyEven without taking into consideration what else is at stake, there is no need for a New York constitutional convention.The two-year timeline alone and the cost of going through a process that can be accomplished through legislative amendments is absurd.The timeline is as follows: Nov. 7, popular vote on referendum; Nov. 6…

We’ve seen this before and it won’t be prettyAbout 89 percent of funding for the federal budget comes from individual and corporate income taxes. Now I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to math, but if my household budget was cut 15 to 25 percent, I would be underwater, filing for bankruptcy.You know the government is not going to cut spending. Mor…

Abolish mail-in rebates, just give us the sale priceIt’s that time of year when wine merchants increase their efforts to sell their wine or spirits. I respect their right to offer a rebate when you buy a bottle of their wine or spirits. I hope they will respect my right to choose another wine store to avoid playing the “mail in rebate” game.I realize they want me to …

Collins’ fundraiser shows the sorry state of politicsRep. Chris Collins has added $400,000 to his campaign fund! What a sorry state of the current political scene. Does a multimillionaire with over a million in his war chest really need more?Can you imagine how much food and water that would buy in Puerto Rico?I could not help but notice Collins and Vice President Pence …

By Zach Krajacic SPECIAL TO THE NEWS While recently attending a 100-year anniversary celebration at Our Lady of Bistrica, a Croatian Catholic Church in Lackawanna, I was reminded of my family’s immigration almost 50 years ago from Croatia (part of Yugoslavia at the time) to the United States. The journey brought many challenges, but we overcame all of them through a …

By Jacqueline Galdenzi On Sunday, my husband and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. In recent days, I have been looking back on meeting, dating and eventually marrying this amazing man. As a teen, I had always dated jocks. My two brothers were athletic. They played football and baseball, skied, took karate, worked construction during the summer break and …