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There’s a big difference between want and needWe are lost in the confluence of want and need that we were supposed to learn in childhood. Nobody needs 44 guns. Nobody needs rifles designed for killing people. Nobody needs silencers. Nobody needs automatic fire.If you believe that you are going to take control with guns when the government gets out of control, you are wro…

By Khimm Graham Harvey Weinstein, the latest mogul accused of sexual abuse, has been in the seat of power for eons in many incarnations. His selective sexual harassment in Hollywood has reportedly tortured the many women in his orbit. Being a mad man of the 1960s and ’70s excuses his behavior and admits him into therapy to wash away his sins. But there are boardroo…

Since Friday, when Buffalo Police diver Craig E. Lehner slipped away beneath the turbulence of the Niagara River, it was painfully evident that he could be lost to his family, his police colleagues and the community he served. On Tuesday, that pain turned acute. Lehner’s body was recovered downstream and was taken to Erie County Medical Center along a route lined with…

By Todd Ambs Over the last decade, Buffalo has been at the center of efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes. This week, more than 300 advocates for the lakes will be here to discuss the successes and challenges in protecting a resource that more than 30 million people depend on for drinking water. The successes are many. Over the last eight years, the federal…

Creepy behavior shows serious lack of characterWhat kind of a person brags that he can fondle women because he is a reality TV star? What kind of a person, supposedly for business reasons, invites a woman to his hotel room where he is dressed only in a towel? What kind of a person brags that during a beauty pageant, which he is running, he timed his entry into their dressi…

Story, photos of old home in Lockport were delightfulI truly enjoyed reading and seeing the large, beautiful color photos of Lisa and Tim Walsh’s home in Lockport in the Home & Style section on Oct. 8. I love old architecture and the history that surrounds it. The details in the home were amazing and I thought the photographer did a superb job in capturing them.This was …

Let’s turn our attention to serious issues we faceFractured and frozen, America stands a disparate people struggling with momentous concerns – critical, even existential issues that plead for resolution. With our national psyche dangerously divided, we appear petty, pitiable and pitiful. Is this who we are?Angry and apart, we find ourselves captivated, almost consumed …

Claiming opinion is fact weakens one’s argumentI felt compelled to respond to a letter that appeared in Everybody’s Column on Oct. 15, “Regardless of intent, many are offended.” The writer illustrated (likely without intention) one of the many problems with political discourse today. His obfuscation of the word “fact” is an example of why we are in what I call …

Admonishing a stranger displays one’s ignoranceRecently my daughter-in-law and 1-year-old grandson were at a coffee shop in downtown Lewiston having a coffee break. She is of Mexican-American background, however, she was born in San Diego, Calif. She is very fluent in Spanish and it is her wish the little guy grows up knowing English and Spanish. She was speaking Spanish…

Without justice for all, flag is an empty symbolI am an African-American and a Vietnam veteran with two Purple Hearts. I want to say that I am not the least bit offended by the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. In fact, I am proud of them.What offends me are the killings of unarmed black men in this country by white police officers. The f…

This is what happens when Congress values politics over policy: Medicaid payments to Erie County Medical Center are about to be hacked by two-thirds because Congress failed to renew a key portion of the federal-state program by Oct. 1. The precise consequences are as yet unknown, but they will likely be paid by ECMC, which will continue to serve the poor and uninsured p…

One of the many issues plaguing the region’s industrial development agencies is the lack of transparency for what are public dollars. Evidence of this fact is starkly laid out in News staff reporter Stephen T. Watson’s recent article involving the compensation of IDA chiefs. The heads of 10 IDAs in New York State earned more than $150,000 last year. The highest p…

By Dave Bauer Do you remember as a child playing outside from sunrise to sunset? Being outdoors awakened a feeling of freedom within us during childhood. When we look around us today, we might ask, as Cat Stevens wondered in song, “Where will the children play?” The neighborhood parks, creeks, forests and other natural spaces are calling out for them. Research do…

By Mike Cardus Lots of people aspire to be their own boss. In fact, I have spent much of my professional life helping others find the building blocks to create successful businesses. In Buffalo, we see this a lot today. An influx of homegrown startups, expat entrepreneurs and small business owners are taking root in this city, armed with an idea and a vision. But too…