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Oprah would be step up from current presidentOprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes was inspiring, heartfelt and opened up a lot of people’s eyes. She would be a refreshing choice as the next president in 2020. She would not only be the first woman president, but the first woman of color to hold the office of the president of the United States. Her speech gave us hope…

U.S. needs educated leader, not another TV personalityPresident Trump was elected without legislative experience. Many voters were impressed by his roles on reality television. That was a mistake. His victory does not lend legitimacy to entertainers seeking political office. While Oprah Winfrey is educated, articulate and has wide appeal, she should not run for president. …

Treatment of refugees says a lot about leadersNinety-two Somali refugees deported a couple of weeks before Christmas on a flight were chained hands and feet to their seats. Not unlike the slave ships of the 18th century. Reports were that use of the bathrooms were limited and conditions were poor. The flight was diverted and returned, and they were chained to their seats f…

NFTA chief paints rosy picture of poor serviceThis is in response to the “Metro staff working hard to make customers happy” letter by Kimberley Minkel in the Jan. 12 Buffalo News.Minkel, head of the NFTA, states that 90 percent of riders are satisfied. Here is an example of the other 10 percent that are not.Working downtown, I have used the Metro Bus system for over 35 yea…

Obama also made offensive remarksTo all those whose sensibilities have been offended by the president’s alleged remarks, President Barack Obama referred to the violence in Libya as a “s...show” but I guess that’s OK. He also referred to the concentration camps in Poland as Polish concentration camps. This incredibly ignorant remark was especially offensive to me being a se…

Trump administration undermines democracyI am now 75 years old, and I remember asking my father, “How did people let this happen?” when referring to the genocide in Germany prior to and during World War II. He told me that most did not know what was going on, at least to the degree that it was transpiring.It has become abundantly clear that our country is heading down the …

Buffalo’s parking problems keep people from visiting downtown After reading the Jan. 2 letter, “Shocked by cost of parking downtown for Shea’s show” and the awful treatment the letter writer’s niece and her niece’s two little girls had to endure at the hands of a parking attendant, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will never go to downtown Buffalo for any event. I do…

One weather report is fine, but stations go overboard We all agree with a recent writer on the need to know what the weather will be, and how difficult a question that can be for those of us living in the amazingly variable conditions of Western New York. (I commuted between Buffalo and Springville for 30 years with the common occurrence of cloudless, sunny blue skies at …

We can’t assume anything president says is the truthThis is to propose that President Trump is not a liar. Liars sometimes speak or write untruthful statements knowingly and for self-serving purposes. Trump, on the other hand, so constantly and frequently speaks untruthfully that he should properly be called an untruther. One cannot assume he knowingly and for self-serving…

Come up with a better plan for housing in empty churchWhat kind of monsters wouldn’t want low-income seniors to have affordable housing in an empty church? That’s what the stories imply regarding the battle over Ascension Church. In fact, according to the plans, only two apartments will be in the empty church – in the basement. Nice light. The rest of the church will remai…

People of Togo could teach our president some mannersI understand that, according to Fox News commentator Jesse Watters, our so-called president’s crude, insulting description of African countries and Haiti is the way “ordinary people” talk. Well, I guess that I am not ordinary, nor are most people with whom I am acquainted. Instead of ordinary, I would describe President …

Honorable Republicans appear to be in hidingListen, can you hear it? If you listen very closely you can hear the disintegration of our society and the political system that made the U.S. a country the whole world admired and attempted to emulate. People flocked here looking for an opportunity to live in freedom, peace and justice. It really started in 1630 when John Winthr…

Why would Norwegians want to come to America? Looks like our president has never heard the saying, “It’s wise to engage brain before putting mouth in gear.” He seems to only want white, blue-eyed blondes from Norway, Sweden or Finland to become new citizens of our country. He is foolish enough to pick countries that have, probably, the best government-sponsored social …

Don’t mess with marina across from CanalsideLeave the marina across from Canalside alone. Please. Every year for the past five years, there has been a disruption of First Buffalo River Marina, always ending with the loss of slips. Longtime, paying residents of the marina are displaced by yet another access point for the public. Now there is talk of another bike ferry landi…