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County authority delivers safe, high-quality tap waterI’m writing in response to the letter, “We all should be in favor of protecting water, air.” The writer’s devotion to the environment is admirable, but I would urge a similar devotion to facts.The Erie County Water Authority has a team of highly skilled laboratory analysts, a nationally recognized Water Quality …

Greater creative vision is needed for East SideAs I remember, approximately 60 years ago, downtown Main Street, the Fillmore-Broadway area to include the Broadway Market and Central Terminal, known as the East Side, was the hubbub of Buffalo.Significant investment has been made in the Metro Rail system, downtown Main Street, the University at Buffalo’s South Campus and C…

Climate change exists, so let’s find solutions“The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action.” This opening statement on ExxonMobil’s climate webpage summarizes the consensus reached not just by scientists around the world, but by large companies, as well. Debate no longer focuses on the existence of climate change, but has moved on to negotiatin…

President has shown he cannot be trustedIf President Trump lies, tweets or makes false statements about issues that can clearly be fact checked, how can the American public, Congress, U.S. military and foreign leaders believe him on classified information that involves a national security crisis? Trump has an inflated self-image, is impulsive and relies on alt-right “alt…

Bedbug holiday may come back to bite the taxpayersTo say that having bedbugs in the workplace is beyond the dignity of those exposed to them does have merit. However, it raises the question of how did they get there? I don’t think they came from the street or climbed the stairs themselves. They likely came from supplies from vendors or they hitched a ride on someone’s …

Literacy test was flawed, drove good teachers awayThe News editorial, “Restore the literacy test,” misses the point of why the New York State Board of Regents voted to eliminate the Academic Literary Skills Test (ALST).We applaud and support the Regents for making this decision, an educated, well-reasoned move that took into account almost three years of complaints abo…

Health care is a commodity, it’s not a constitutional rightA recent letter writer declared that health care was a “needed service” and therefore “ought to be a constitutional right.” This is in keeping with the position of Sen. Bernie Sanders and others on the left that it is a constitutional, even a basic human right.To believe so ignores the hard reality of the…

Collins’ greed, cowardice don’t help his constituentsBecause of gerrymandering, I got stuck with Chris Collins as my congressional representative. He no more represents me than does the narcissistic sociopath who was somehow elected president.If you look into Collins’ public sector and political background, you will find he has done nothing but use his past positions…

Trump must abandon discriminatory ordersExecutive Order on Immigration 2.0 – small tweaks – same train wreck of inimical motivations and unintended consequences. The first order banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and blocked all refugees for 120 days. After a federal court in Seattle blocked it, the administration tried again, only to be promptly blocke…

Crews need to begin fixing potholes nowTo all the city, state, county and town Highway Departments, please order your cold patch now. The pothole season is upon us. Patrol your roads, please, and patch these trout ponds. It may save the taxpayers some money from the claims motorist will put in for damages from these seasonal nightmares.Mike DuganBuffalo

Body cameras would benefit police, publicPolice corruption is rampant and unacceptable, locally as well as nationally. Oft-quoted defense jargon regarding law enforcement invariably goes something like “they put their lives on the line every day” or “think of the ‘scum’ they have to deal with.” These are broad generalizations that, while true to an extent, abso…

Americans still waiting for Clinton to apologizeDonna Brazile has admitted her transgression of passing debate subjects and potential questions to Hillary Clinton. Is there no dishonor on Clinton’s part in accepting and using this information? She should apologize because her morality is exposed as flawed also.Dick MauerHamburg

Defense more critical than social programsCounty Executive Mark Poloncarz blasting President Trump’s budget as coldhearted and callous is like the pot calling the kettle black. For years, an overabundance of social programs have been available, including welfare, food stamps and other government giveaways, at the expense of the middle class.Cutting back on social program…

Caring for Great Lakes must remain a priorityUnfortunately, many of the supporters of President Trump’s EPA cuts were not witnesses to the previous conditions within the Great Lakes. In the ’50s, Lake Erie was declared a “dead lake” by many residents. It has taken many years of various groups of stakeholders to regain the Great Lakes as a jewel that we must forever…

Proposed budget targets most vulnerable peopleThe proposed GOP budget eliminates school lunches for poor kids. Not to age discriminate, it also eliminates funding for Meals on Wheels. Additionally, it ends home heating subsidies and Medicaid enhancements. The Trump/GOP policy is pro-life until birth and then starve them, freeze them and let them die.Arlene Burrows, Ph.D.Wi…