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Trump needs no help in ruining presidencyI take issue with the letter from a woman accusing the Democrats of “trying to ruin the president.” She twice refers to Hillary Clinton as the “Democrat who …” – apparently unable to utter her name. I understand. I cannot say “Trump” and “president” in the same sentence.The writer says Trump was elected by the pe…

Gaughan merits praise, not criticism, for effortsA recent Another Voice criticized Kevin Gaughan in connection with his Olmsted parks plan. It reminded me that during his many years active in the community, Gaughan has drawn a lot of heat. Could that be due to the amount of light he has cast on Buffalo’s problems and, more important, on how we can solve those problems?Fr…

We must promote peace, not violence and hatredI choose not to promote prejudice, hate, intolerance and violence. I choose not to allow my democracy to be destroyed. I choose not to allow our society to move backward, instead of forward, with regard to racial equality. I choose to believe that all men are created equal. No one race or ethnicity is superior.The aforementione…

Skyway is important part of transportation systemIn 2014, I spoke with a New York State Department of Transportation local staff person, now retired. He said it costs much less to maintain the Skyway than to remove it. He stated two new bridges would be required to replace the Skyway’s functionality.We hear about negative Skyway infrastructure assessments. Negative techn…

Washington and Jefferson didn’t fight to destroy U.S.President Trump said George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, so presumably taking their statues down is the equivalent of taking down those of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and other insurrectionists. This borders on asinine, but it is definitely stupid.Contextually, Jefferson and Washington were forming …

Why can’t Buffalo improve its streets?Driving down to the Hatch for an ice cream cone and a sunset with my wife, several things occurred to me. Why are roads like Washington, Swan, Ellicott, etc., such a minefield of potholes even though it seems they recently have been repaired? Why are the manhole and sewer covers, which happen to lie just about exactly where the passe…

Integrate the Turtle in Falls developmentAny proposal to develop the site of the Native American Center in Niagara Falls should include the Turtle, the 60,000-square-foot building inspired by the Iroquois Indian story of the Earth’s creation on the back of a turtle. It was the home of the Native American Cultural Center for decades. Designed by Native American architect …

Scajaquada speed must be addressedMy wife and I decided to have dinner at Hotel Henry, the old mental hospital in Buffalo. Leaving Tonawanda, we took the I-290 to the I-190 to the Scajaquada Expressway, which of course, is no longer an expressway. The speed limit on this multilane highway is now 30 mph, due to an accident in which a little boy was killed.Now I understand c…

Trump knows nothing about country’s historyFor President Trump to brag about how much more he has accomplished compared with past presidents is laughable and shows he knows nothing about history.Maybe he never heard of FDR and the Great Depression, or World War II, little things like that. Or Harry Truman having to make the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan and e…

Fair should take Canadian moneyI found a slap in the face to anybody from Fort Erie or across the border who plans to visit the Erie County Fair. I was over in Canada Monday and ate at a marina near Long Beach. When I paid with U.S. dollars, the nice woman apologized for not being able to convert the money. On return to our country, I went to the fair and tried to pay with…

Buffalo teachers need to stop complainingThe News recently published a letter from a teacher at Waterfront Elementary, “Schools making progress but much work remains.” The writer stated what’s needed are “more school resource officers, counselors and caregivers,” but “unfortunately, financial constraints always enter the picture when implementing programs in ou…

Trump’s tough stance led Kim to back downAmid the events in Charlottesville, Va., am I the only one to notice that one of the most important events has been virtually ignored by the mainstream press?It seems that the media are so busy criticizing our president that they chose to ignore the fact that a nuclear disaster was averted due to the blunt warnings from President …

Trump’s tough stance led Kim to back downAmid the events in Charlottesville, Va., am I the only one to notice that one of the most important events has been virtually ignored by the mainstream press?It seems that the media are so busy criticizing our president that they chose to ignore the fact that a nuclear disaster was averted due to the blunt warnings from President …

Violence in Virginia comes as no surpriseWhile I am not surprised that President Trump’s election has helped to legitimize and resurrect racism in this country, what’s shocking is that people are dumbfounded by this resurgence. What do they think it means that we have elected a president who has surrounded himself with the likes of Steve Bannon, an avowed white suprema…

Neo-Nazis are not ‘very fine people’So it has come to this. The president of the United States defends some of the most vile, hateful people in the world, referring to them as “very fine people.” People trading brownshirts for polos and white robes for khakis, many of whom would be happy to send the president’s own Jewish grandchildren to the gas chambers.Howard …