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By Peter Talty The recent passing of Irv Weinstein brought back memories of feet, shoes and good humor. You see, Irv Weinstein unintentionally brought Jim McCormick and I together in 1971. We were both born with orthopedic conditions that resulted in us each having two different size feet. We also shared the economic pain of always buying two pairs of footwear to a…

By Sarah Taylor Helping youth with mental health and behavioral challenges thrive in home and community settings is one of the most challenging issues in our mental system today. In the past, we too often relied on moving the child out of the home into a treatment facility and away from the loving support of the family. New Directions Youth and Family Services is par…

Buffalo’s parking problems keep people from visiting downtown After reading the Jan. 2 letter, “Shocked by cost of parking downtown for Shea’s show” and the awful treatment the letter writer’s niece and her niece’s two little girls had to endure at the hands of a parking attendant, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will never go to downtown Buffalo for any event. I do…

One weather report is fine, but stations go overboard We all agree with a recent writer on the need to know what the weather will be, and how difficult a question that can be for those of us living in the amazingly variable conditions of Western New York. (I commuted between Buffalo and Springville for 30 years with the common occurrence of cloudless, sunny blue skies at …

We can’t assume anything president says is the truthThis is to propose that President Trump is not a liar. Liars sometimes speak or write untruthful statements knowingly and for self-serving purposes. Trump, on the other hand, so constantly and frequently speaks untruthfully that he should properly be called an untruther. One cannot assume he knowingly and for self-serving…

Come up with a better plan for housing in empty churchWhat kind of monsters wouldn’t want low-income seniors to have affordable housing in an empty church? That’s what the stories imply regarding the battle over Ascension Church. In fact, according to the plans, only two apartments will be in the empty church – in the basement. Nice light. The rest of the church will remai…

People of Togo could teach our president some mannersI understand that, according to Fox News commentator Jesse Watters, our so-called president’s crude, insulting description of African countries and Haiti is the way “ordinary people” talk. Well, I guess that I am not ordinary, nor are most people with whom I am acquainted. Instead of ordinary, I would describe President …

Honorable Republicans appear to be in hidingListen, can you hear it? If you listen very closely you can hear the disintegration of our society and the political system that made the U.S. a country the whole world admired and attempted to emulate. People flocked here looking for an opportunity to live in freedom, peace and justice. It really started in 1630 when John Winthr…

By Stephanie Crockatt and Sean M. Ryan Advocacy is a complicated art, requiring that you ignore all the reasons why it won’t be successful and trust in the major reason why it will. Risks for what’s important require great fortitude and energy. As with many nonprofits, advocacy is the primary principle on which the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy was founded. Goal ide…

By Charles A. Deacon As I was growing up, I can’t remember celebrating many New Year’s Eves. But I do remember two things happening on New Year's Days. The first event was when Edith Beal and Alice Belcher, distant cousins, joined us for dinner at noon. Edith, a widow, did the cooking for the two of them. She was short and very heavy. Alice, tall and thin, served as …

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The law, if it is enacted, might not be aggressively enforced. In practice, it would surely be too difficult to cite every driver smoking with a child inside the vehicle. But Erie County should adopt this legislation, anyway. It will send the right message about a pernicious habit that risks the health of the helpless. Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke proposed th…

Why would Norwegians want to come to America? Looks like our president has never heard the saying, “It’s wise to engage brain before putting mouth in gear.” He seems to only want white, blue-eyed blondes from Norway, Sweden or Finland to become new citizens of our country. He is foolish enough to pick countries that have, probably, the best government-sponsored social …

Don’t mess with marina across from CanalsideLeave the marina across from Canalside alone. Please. Every year for the past five years, there has been a disruption of First Buffalo River Marina, always ending with the loss of slips. Longtime, paying residents of the marina are displaced by yet another access point for the public. Now there is talk of another bike ferry landi…

GOP leaders need to stop burying their heads in sandI have a theory about why Republicans are burying their heads in the sand over President Trump: They want Democrats to do the dirty work.Follow my logic: Democrats win back the House and Senate this November and impeachment proceedings begin. It’s a quick, no-nonsense process, even in the Senate, because future Sen. Mitt …