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Vast majority repulsed by hate and prejudiceWilliam Faulkner, the great American author, wrote: “The past is never dead, it’s not even past.”What could be a more prophetic explanation of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday? White supremacist hate groups were marching against the removal of a Confederate monument. These monuments represent the terror of …

Here’s an idea how to use the extra 25 minutes of class time Buffalo school officials secured in the district’s new contract with the teachers union: Trim a few minutes off a few classes and add an extra period. Although the decisions have already been made for this year, this is an idea that should be evaluated. These newly acquired minutes should be treated as edu…

By Jeffrey Freedman What does a young woman who has just landed her first job teaching with AmeriCorps do when she is diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor? While facing surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, Katie Weber worried: Would her health insurance cover the expenses, or would she be forced into bankruptcy by the time she was 23? Because the Affordable Care Ac…

By Carolyn Takach Wondering what to fix for supper on hot summer days always brings back memories of my mother. Her creativity and skill with a minimum amount of kitchen tools, mostly a paring knife and a potato peeler, were impressive. There was a different meal, made from scratch, every day and it was prepared and served as if for royalty or a special occasion. …

Pitts is such a hypocrite, fanning flames of hateIn the same edition of The News that outlines in detail the recent dire consequences of hate speech, Leonard Pitts’ column is printed. He makes sure we understand that he does not respond to public commentary to his writing that includes name-calling. In the next breath, he informs us that it is his moral obligation to nam…

Republicans in Congress must stand up to TrumpAs I write this, our president, Donald Trump, is tweeting threats at North Korea’s “supreme leader,” Kim Jong Un, warning him, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.”After Russian President Vladimir Putin expelled 755 U.S. diplomats from Russia, our president th…

Blame judges, not the police, for criminals’ ‘revolving door’Rod Watson’s Aug. 10 column on the “revolving door” for criminals and the community shined light where it is much needed. He noted that there is mutual blaming among police, judiciary and prosecutors as to why dangerous criminals are back on the street and often do further harm and violence.My view is…

Roadside memorials should be removedA gentle rant: I wish people would reconsider placing shrines along the side of the road for their friends or loved ones who were killed in that spot. I can understand if a shrine is allowed for a day or two, but then it should be removed.I know that there are drunken drivers who take lives. I don’t need to be reminded repeatedly. I fi…

Lane closures on I-290 ought to be better timedWho is responsible for closing two of the three eastbound lanes of Interstate 290 on Saturdays and Sundays during the day while in the busy August summer season?Workmen are only working on one lane at a time. Did officials consider closing one lane at a time and leaving two lanes open? How about working in the evening, as has …

By Karl Shallowhorn We live in a digital age and the way we listen to music has been one of the most widely utilized vehicles for this movement. Being born in the early 1960s, I’ve lived through the transition from analog to digital platforms. The first LP I owned was the Jackson 5’s Greatest Hits. As I grew older, my musical taste evolved to include such diverse…

President Trump’s recent declaration recognizing the opioid crisis acknowledges something people have been saying for years. It remains to be seen whether this new development opens up more resources. The opioid epidemic is ravaging a generation of mostly young people, although older people are not immune. There are an estimated 2.6 million opioid addicts in the Unite…

In discussing the area’s contingent of high-caliber cultural leaders, one would be remiss to leave out Monica Pellegrino Faix, who is leaving her role at the renamed Richardson Olmsted Campus in September to join her husband in Alaska. Her departure comes at the pinnacle in the effort to transform the architectural masterpiece created by Henry Hobson Richardson. Wh…

By Kenneth P. Houseknecht The Buffalo News recently reported that a third of the City of Buffalo’s middle- and high-schoolers have seen someone shot, stabbed or assaulted. The same article noted that children living in violent neighborhoods suffer post-traumatic stress disorder at a rate three times higher than troops returning from Iraq, national studies show. Add…