In fairness to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, it’s not hard to see his point about how the state subsidizes private colleges. Their nature is to produce costs far higher than public systems such as the State University of New York. Taxpayers in New York already, and appropriately, support SUNY. Why should they also support private institutions? They don’t support private hig…

By Lori DuVall The circus won’t be coming to town. At least, not the anachronism known as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, aka “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Is the final folding of the circus tent something to mourn? Is the disappearance of this 146-year-old tradition from the American landscape a true loss? Not in my opinion. If anything it is…

Pedestrians crossing a 1.7-mile section of Niagara Falls Boulevard are taking a huge risk. They know it but do it, anyway. Mentally gauging the speed of oncoming traffic and hurrying across, most make it safely. But some don’t. Since June 2013 five pedestrians have been killed trying to cross the busy road dividing Amherst and Tonawanda. Last week a woman was badly in…

By Barry L. Gan Gandhi first became famous in South Africa, in 1906, for protesting what Indians called the “Black Act.” The “Black Act,” formally known as the Asiatic Registration Act, required all Asian men, including Indians, to register via fingerprints with the South African government and receive a registration paper – essentially a green card – that t…

“Elysium” is the way ancient Greeks described a piece of heaven. Let me explain: For you, it is like hearing guitarist Ana Vidovic play “Cavatina.” My Elysium was a bar hidden on Pearl Street in Buffalo, just behind what then was the Art Moderne W.T. Grant department store at Main and Huron streets. The place was called Jew Murphy’s Omega Steel Bar and Gril…

Why didn’t GOP formulate a health care replacement?This in response to a letter I received from Rep. Chris Collins. I felt compelled to contact him to let him know my feelings on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Fix it, tweak it, make it better, but why start all over by repealing it? This seems an unnecessary waste of time and taxpayer money. His letter stated why the…

Left simply ignores laws it doesn’t likeIn 1948, Supreme Court Justice and former FDR Attorney General Robert Jackson, writing for the majority, ruled that foreign policy is “Wholly confided to the political departments of the government ... The Judiciary has neither aptitude, facilities or responsibility.” In 1952, Congress passed Section 1182(f) of immigration law,…

Something must be done about long wait for trainsEvery Saturday morning I go to the BJ’s at Milestrip and McKinley, where my truck is filled with donations for our food pantry.Because my truck is heavily laden with food, I prefer to drive slowly. Therefore, instead of going down Route 179 to Route 5, I go down McKinley to Lake to Route 5. Hopefully this way I will avoid …

Clean Energy Standard is investment in futureIf anti-nuclear groups that are against the Clean Energy Standard (CES) were truly for a greener economy, then they would recognize the important role upstate nuclear plants play in our clean energy future (“Plan to bail out nuclear power plants will cost cities millions,” Feb. 12 News). New York’s nuclear plants provide o…

Find the courage to do what’s rightRegarding repeal of the Affordable Care Act, building the wall, the travel ban, deportation, cessation of immigration from chosen countries and the reinstatement of torture: The courageous among us challenge the powerful – those who have taken it all for themselves. The cowards among us hunt down, for spectacle, the powerless – thos…

We should support police, not those who break lawsThe reports of shootings and deaths in Buffalo and Erie County are alarming. Law enforcement officers are under attack by the media and well-meaning but misguided religious and civic leaders. Where is the compassion for law enforcement officers? Whenever there is a confrontation between police and felons, the actions of pol…

Collins should be helping people trying to ‘get a life’The “get a life” phrase, casually dismissing the law with regard to Kellyanne Conway’s “clothing buy” remarks, further reflects Rep. Chris Collins’ apparent mindset that people who make a lot of money should somehow be exempt from any scrutiny – tax returns, stock purchases, etc.Instead of reading abo…

Founding Fathers had great wisdomThe more experienced I become, the more I appreciate the genius of our Founding Fathers in creating our Constitution. They sought to protect smaller states’ rights from the “tyranny of the majority” by giving them disproportionately larger representation in the Electoral College than their populations warrant. They also ensured checks…

Cultural tourists want authentic experiencesBuffalo’s African-American Heritage Corridor deserves to have its remarkable history told authentically, where visitors can reflectively and imaginatively engage in the exceptional stories represented on the 2.4-mile passage. An archway, life-size cutouts and other clutter assault the senses, leaving the stories to be told comp…