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NFL players should stage protest on their own timeI have a very simple solution to the protesting on the sidelines in the NFL. When you come in to work, put your street clothes and your opinions in your locker. When your day’s work is done, put your street clothes back on and give all the opinions you want. This way you respect your country and still keep your First Amen…

Protest is clearly aimed at the flagIn the Oct. 15 Viewpoints section, columnist Clarence Page claimed that the recent protests by NFL players during the national anthem are being “misinterpreted” as being against the flag and anthem. Hillary Clinton recently said the same thing. They are the latest in a line of excuse-makers attempting to defend the protest by absurdl…

Diversity in educators shouldn’t be main goalThe Oct. 17 News story regarding the lack of diversity in the countywide teaching ranks was indeed an eye-opener. According to the article, “advocates argue that minority teachers may better understand the cultural and racial backgrounds students bring with them into the classroom, which can lead to improved academic perform…

It’s wrong to cut funds for mental health careA recent writer tried to blame mental illness on the last mass shooting. Automatic weapons are the same as truck bombs. If we need to treat mental illness, then why are the Republicans stripping treatment from the Affordable Care Act?Susan NezezonNorth Tonawanda

Trump’s tax proposal will help middle classPresident Trump is pushing for tax cuts that will give us more take-home pay and thus help to make America great again. His plan would slash business tax rates, double the standard deduction for middle-class taxpayers and make the tax code simpler by eliminating unnecessary deductions.All through President Barack Obama’s years…

Constitutional convention will waste time and moneyEven without taking into consideration what else is at stake, there is no need for a New York constitutional convention.The two-year timeline alone and the cost of going through a process that can be accomplished through legislative amendments is absurd.The timeline is as follows: Nov. 7, popular vote on referendum; Nov. 6…

We’ve seen this before and it won’t be prettyAbout 89 percent of funding for the federal budget comes from individual and corporate income taxes. Now I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to math, but if my household budget was cut 15 to 25 percent, I would be underwater, filing for bankruptcy.You know the government is not going to cut spending. Mor…

Abolish mail-in rebates, just give us the sale priceIt’s that time of year when wine merchants increase their efforts to sell their wine or spirits. I respect their right to offer a rebate when you buy a bottle of their wine or spirits. I hope they will respect my right to choose another wine store to avoid playing the “mail in rebate” game.I realize they want me to …

Collins’ fundraiser shows the sorry state of politicsRep. Chris Collins has added $400,000 to his campaign fund! What a sorry state of the current political scene. Does a multimillionaire with over a million in his war chest really need more?Can you imagine how much food and water that would buy in Puerto Rico?I could not help but notice Collins and Vice President Pence …

Community mourns the loss of a true heroAfter reading and watching about the tragic death of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner, I just want to say this is what a hero is all about. Lehner served in both Iraq and Guantanamo Bay with the Army National Guard.From what I read, he had been volunteering with Fantastic Friends, an organization that works with kids with special …

Deepest condolences to all who knew LehnerThe ultimate respect for both the American flag and Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner took place on Tuesday when a beloved brother was recovered and draped in the Stars and Stripes as he was taken on his final journey home.The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Local Chapter 187, honors those first responders who protect us on t…

Time to stop pettiness, focus on critical issuesIt’s about time to put an end to all of the folderol regarding the kneeling by some NFL players.First, a quick review of the history. This all started with Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling to protest the unequal treatment of black men by some of the law enforcement agencies in the U.S. That purpose was made clear to the world …

Didn’t military fight for right to protest?How a player’s kneeling to protest racial inequality in the justice system became about disrespect for the military is beyond me, but not for the reason those whiners think. It’s beyond anyone who reads a lack of patriotism into the practice of the very freedoms our soldiers fight to protect. If not to use our rights, then w…

Trump is terribly busy tweeting, playing golfAbout two weeks ago, someone wrote in to this column complaining about how badly President Trump is being treated by the “fake press” and liberal Democrats.I have to agree with him; poor Trump has it very hard under the pressure he has to endure. All that tweeting takes a lot out of a man. Consider the problems he has with N…

Generals serving Trump put their legacies at riskPresident Trump’s security adviser, H.R. McMaster, wrote a book in 1997 critical of the decisions made about the Vietnam War at the highest level of government. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert McNamara knew that this war could not be won but kept the truth from the American public.The generals in Trump’s …