Many would welcome a nice, quiet dinnerWe, too, would like an answer to the question posed in a recent My View column: “Why is a quiet dinner so hard to come by?” May we suggest that Andrew Galarneau specifically include a “noise-component” in his restaurant rating to help in our quest.Walter and Rosemary DannhauserEast Amherst…

Proud ‘deplorables’ made voices heardA lot of people forgot things during the recent presidential election. Bill Maher, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert and others forgot we pay them to entertain us and not to proselytize us. Pollsters and pundits forgot that we don’t take their opinions as gospel.Newspapers forgot that their job is to give us the facts and…

Parents need to know about children’s issuesA Texas lawmaker introduced a bill “intended to help Texans know what is going on in their children’s lives,” sparking fear and controversy that it may present problems for some students who are keeping issues, such as being gay or being pregnant, from their parents.What seems to have been forgotten here is that parents h…

Falls lighting ceremony was a big disappointmentAfter looking forward to attending the new LED lighting ceremony on Dec. 1, and hoping this was the “kick-off” of the Christmas season for Niagara Falls, my husband and I were very disappointed to find there was absolutely no celebration on the American side of the falls. We were under the impression that the fireworks wo…

Trump is already meeting our dreadful expectationsThe election is over and somehow the guy who said that he would walk in on naked teenagers to check them out at a beauty pageant won. It’s hard to get your mind around the fact that we now have an unqualified con artist as president who insulted and lied his way to the White House backed by the KKK, white supremacists and…

By Sharon F. Cramer Although there are many times of the year when being a solo is difficult, near the top of the list is the holidays. Last year at this time, holidays were coupled with recovering from surgery – alone. Remembering my journey through the recovery maze is still vivid. But I developed some solutions for before and after surgery that might benefit ot…

Now the aftermath. With the Buffalo School Board’s generous contract settlement with the teachers union, some Board members are sensibly worried that too little money remains to settle contracts with other unions that are bound to want similar consideration. It’s just the reason the board needed to be careful in its negotiations with the Buffalo Teachers Federation …

By Keith Garner A few weeks ago I came to Buffalo from Britain for my second tour of the city’s world-renowned architecture. As an architect specializing in historic building conservation, I had particular interest this time in a tour of the Central Terminal. Having experienced what a wonderful building it is – and its perilous state of preservation – it occurr…

Sad to hear our heroes were treated so poorlyI would like to join in the salute of our war hero George Watts, who was honored in the Dec. 5 Buffalo News. It is unfortunate that many served their country only to encounter racism and discrimination/segregation. Treating prisoners of war better than our own countrymen is disgusting. I am sorry for what he had to experience an…

Deep wounds festering beneath Standing RockWhere the sustainability of the delay of drilling and laying pipe under the waters near the Standing Rock Reservation is unknown, let’s make the bigger picture part of the debate.The early wealth that developed the U.S. economy was built through the stolen and forced labor of slaves, on lands unfairly taken from Native Americans…

Facts are few, far between on social media, talk radioI recently asked my postman what he was listening to on his earbuds. Rush Limbaugh, of course, for the straight facts on what’s happening. My contractor, a college graduate, does the same as he remodels my kitchen. I asked: Do you ever listen to NPR, read the New York Times or The Buffalo News op-ed page or any of the…

Citizens must be vigilant, alter course set by TrumpPresident-elect Donald Trump is like the neighborhood arsonist who sets houses on fire, and then after the carnage calls for neighbors to come together and form a fire department with him as chief.He has spent over a year inflaming the passions of his supporters to rise up and give renewed life to hatred, racism and bigot…

Life is promised to no one, so try to celebrate each dayI found a recent My View to be very depressing. I also am having a landmark birthday in a few weeks (I am turning 60), but unlike the writer, I am celebrating this milestone with joy. You see, back in February 2013, I was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. The rapidly growing tumor was wrapped around the artery tha…

Stop wasting our money on signs promoting stateAs my sister and I drove across New York in September, we were amused and also dismayed by the series of useless signs promoting New York State along the roadside. The signs provided no information about places of historical significance or scenic vistas we might want to see. I was shocked to read in The News recently that wel…