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Military maintenance could use more fundingThe June 19 front-page article about the accident involving a Navy destroyer and a Japanese merchant ship (“ ‘Traumatic’ sea collision almost sank U.S. warship”) is worrisome. Destroyers nowadays cost more than a billion dollars, yet merely running into a freighter almost sank one.Maybe we should focus more attention on …

Developer is misleading the public on ElmwoodMark Chason’s June 19 Another Voice is meant to lull people into thinking the developers just need a few minor variances in order to push their project through. But the devil is in the details. They aren’t seeking width variance of just 10 or 15 feet, but a variance of 200 feet! The current rule is combining no more than two…

The study of Shakespeare offers lessons for todayIt’s good to be reminded what we are grateful for. The June 14 letter writer has done me this service when it comes to the plays of William Shakespeare. While the writer urges teachers to ignore Shakespeare when teaching literature due to the playwright’s “bigotry” and “religious hate,” I feel nothing but gladnes…

Republican push to oust special counsel is wrongThe Republican right-wing drumbeat is beginning to sound in regard to dismissing special counsel Bob Mueller. I believe President Trump is arrogant enough to do so without hesitation, and with alt-right GOP support and encouragement will do so.Many in the GOP put party interest ahead of what is best for the country. As a life…

Paladino was exercising his right to free speechWhether you agree or disagree, Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino is not the issue. Freedom of speech is the issue. Lately, it would seem that unless you are a liberal Democrat, your right to free speech has limitations imposed by those with sensitive feelings and a self-appointed censorship of ideas. Ideas that, if no…

Taxpayers should know how their money is spentAs the 2017 Legislative session comes to an end, I wanted to express my disdain for the lack of transparency in Albany. On June 7, I participated in a press conference that announced legislation to require more transparency in how taxpayer money is spent. Every year, the governor strong-arms the Legislature into passing budgets…

Does the president deserve our support?President Trump deserves our support and respect for at least three reasons.First of all, with his frequent tweets, Trump allows all Americans to witness his extraordinary mind at work. No matter that he misspells more words than a first-grader or makes statements so vague and misleading that only he knows what he is saying – even i…

People should not be afraid to say what is on their mindsI am a woman. I am a conservative. And I am scared.When did free speech become hate speech? When did civil discourse become angry epithets? When did peaceful protests become violent demonstrations? Why has a difference of political opinion become a virtual beheading, a stabbing on stage and shooting members of Congre…

The addiction crisis requires a concentrated effort by allLet’s look at the crisis of all addiction in a new way. We should open centers in each county, a mini hospital where people seeking treatment for opioid addiction could receive the help they need in one place.First they could see a doctor, attend help groups and access additional resources. They would know that th…

Collins should stop stirring emotions with his commentsChris Collins’ recent rant about left-wing protests was an outrageous attempt to politically capitalize on a tragedy that befell a colleague. His claim that the “die-in” protest at his office contributed to the heinous shooting in Alexandria goes beyond the pale. He ought to be censured by the House.Our multimill…

Take advantage of parks for family fun this summerThe New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) is a professional organization whose primary purpose is to advance the values of parks, recreation and leisure services to its members and promote the many benefits of parks and recreation to the public. In an era where people are overworked, overstressed, secluded by …

Workers should be allowed to spend their money freelyJohn Darby’s opine in the June 14 Another Voice about “mandatory savings” had one good point (i.e., forgo Starbucks), but many assumptions and dogmas that are not realistic in the current economy we have need to be corrected.Jobs that pay less than $35 per hour usually have 25 percent in taxes, so for $70,000 in in…

Cabinet’s fealty to Trump is an utter embarrassmentRepulsive! The word that comes to mind to sum up my feelings for Trump and the members of his Cabinet. Sycophants all, kowtowing to a strutting egotist with a Napoleonic complex and appointed to their respective positions obviously based on their allegiance to His Royal Majesty.Oblivious to their duties as responsible pu…

Increase in hate speech is creating walls among us So I’ve mulled over the idea of writing this letter for several weeks without doing anything about it, but now in light of current events it seems appropriate. This is merely my opinion. Opinions are cheap, everyone has them, many like to share them. I don’t know if that’s because we think that ours is the right one.…

Thanks to Higgins, we can enjoy an active waterfrontI recently visited Buffalo’s Outer Harbor marina and was very impressed with the progress that has been made there. In fact, the contrast to only a few short years ago is amazing.New state parkland, playgrounds, boat launches, Wilkeson Pointe Park, Gallagher Beach and the Tifft Nature Preserve are all great complements …