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Tough laws would curb careless driving habitsA recent letter rightly deplores the speeding of drivers on the I-290. Unhappily, drivers also routinely ignore speed limits on Main Street, Niagara Falls Boulevard, Elmwood Avenue, Englewood Avenue, Highland Parkway and Irving Terrace, endangering the lives of pedestrians and young students and infuriating geezers like myself.A…

ERA could be the answer to #TimesUp troublesOn TV news, in magazines and newspapers and on talk shows, I have noticed many #MeToo references lately. More and more women are speaking out about their sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of men in power in the workplace, home environment and other places. The topic I have not heard much about lately is #TimesUp. Oprah Win…

News photographers praised for their lens artistryWe in Western New York are indeed fortunate that The Buffalo News has on its staff a superbly talented group of photographers: Sharon Cantillon, Derek Gee, John Hickey, Robert Kirkham, James P. McCoy, Mark Mulville, and Harry Scull, Jr.Whether it’s a soft-focus, dreamy, painter-like landscape, or a new, drone-enabled view o…

Self-centered developers do not make good neighborsThere is an ugly dilemma in Western New York, like a rotten apple in the “City of Good Neighbors.” It has to do with certain local developers. Once their plans are presented, there is little room for compromise, no matter the logic or wishes of others.They care little about anything else: people, the importance of nature, …

Don’t confuse weather with region’s climate In a May 11 letter, a writer sought to justify her position about the effectiveness of elected Democrats in state government by arguing that, among other things, climate change “is the biggest hoax ever foisted upon the American public.” The writer is clearly conflating the idea of “weather” with “climate.” “Weather” is refer…

Cartoonist on the mark with Obama legacy erasureI can’t remember ever agreeing with a political cartoon by right-wing cartoonist Michael Ramirez; but I do have to agree, in a sense, with a recent cartoon which could be entitled “Erasing Obama’s Legacy.”That cartoon depicts a pencil and eraser labeled “History” rubbing away the visage of President Obama, who Ramirez always…

A vote for Bharara as next attorney general“One hallmark of justice is absolute independence and that was my touchstone every day that I served.” After that quotation and many other truths, is there any question that Preet Bharara should be appointed as the next New York State Attorney General after the sudden resignation of the disgraced Eric Schneiderman? Just the fact t…

No president deserves a pass on misbehaviorTwo recent letters state a defense of the present POTUS, using aphorisms like, no one is perfect, and he’s not the first guy who’s cheated on his wife.I guess that by saying either of those statements, that makes him an all-around normal good guy. The kind of guy who can get away with constant lying because he’s just doing what we…

Where are the leaders to save Niagara Falls trees?At first glance, it was horrifying! The removal of mature trees and ripping out a garden, from Niagara Falls State Park, was hard to believe. Are there no leaders, anywhere, with working brains anymore?Perhaps just a memory of a day in the park could ring a bell! The reason for parks, in the middle of a city, is to offer re…

War hero DeGlopper is worthy of tributeI find Larry Beahan’s words regarding the proposed statue of Charles DeGlopper at the Greenway to be historically misinformed and generally regrettable. Funding concerns for the statue aside, Beahan’s comments suggest that he has not read the Medal of Honor citation describing DeGlopper’s sacrifice.DeGlopper willingly gave his life fo…

U.S. gives Israel a pass on brutalityThe recent spectacle and deaths surrounding the move of the American embassy to Jerusalem should remove any lingering delusions that the U.S. is an unbiased proponent of Middle East peace, or that Israel is in any way concerned about Palestinians as human beings, with the rights we supposedly assume accrue to humans.The U.S. gives Israe…

U.S. gives Israel a pass on brutalityThe recent spectacle and deaths surrounding the move of the American embassy to Jerusalem should remove any lingering delusions that the U.S. is an unbiased proponent of Middle East peace, or that Israel is in any way concerned about Palestinians as human beings, with the rights we supposedly assume accrue to humans.The U.S. gives Israe…

Credit the superintendent with trying to lift schoolsI was dumbfounded after reading your editorial regarding the growth of Buffalo’s teaching staff in the face of shrinking student enrollment. For many years, your paper has denigrated the Buffalo Public School system for the lack of student achievement and low graduation rates, yet never offering suitable possible solutio…

Credit the superintendent with trying to lift schoolsI was dumbfounded after reading your editorial regarding the growth of Buffalo’s teaching staff in the face of shrinking student enrollment. For many years, your paper has denigrated the Buffalo Public School system for the lack of student achievement and low graduation rates, yet never offering suitable possible solutio…