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Hurricanes should convince climate change naysayers In the coming days, just as in the past two weeks, we’ll see many great acts of valor amongst first responders and our fellow citizens as good people go about saving their fellow humans from the most horrible situations of their lives.If we think to look for it, we’ll also be able to identify more subtle types of hero…

Americans have a duty to fact check presidentWhen Trump makes a statement, look at his history or fact check him. The latest statement is that Trump “cares” because he handed out a few hot dogs in Texas. Yet several weeks ago he was advocating 24 million be thrown off Obamacare so he could say he “won.” Even now it’s quietly being defunded so it fails. Trump was…

Consumers should consider renewable energy sourcesLarge, very powerful hurricanes have been and are hammering our country. Are they the result of man-made climate change? Each year the average temperature of the earth rises, glaciers melt, polar ice decreases, the oceans warm.Scientists know that carbon dioxide, like methane and water vapor, is a heat-trapping gas. Tempera…

Without the latest gadgets, schoolchildren used to get byIf the weight of my children’s school supplies correlates directly to the quality of their education, I’d be thrilled. The cost of this year’s notebooks, pens, highlighters, tissues, glues and so on has tempted me to cancel Christmas. In the 1960s, my folks bought me a pair of Buster Brown shoes at the August s…

Kirst column gives hope to an East Side Amazon HQIn the chaos, concern and despair over the recent hurricanes, North Korea, United States politics, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria (the list can go on and on), thank you to Sean Kirst for the Sept. 11 column, “An open letter to Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.”It was uplifting, informative and I’m sure gave many Buffalo…

The real evolution comes with equality, acceptanceWhen the pope receiving mental health services decades ago no longer merits a headline and news article, we will have arrived at accepting mental health treatment as readily as treatment for physical ailments. When pictures of blacks helping whites and other such combinations of helping hands and their recipients no longer …

Young people do not value the wisdom of their eldersAs a psychotherapist I am disturbed how insensitively and ignorantly older Americans are belittled, mistreated and disrespected. The older American has a long history and experienced much that the younger generation knows little about and feels too ignorant to know and understand. When they are ignorant they label their e…

Pat Sole Park improvements will benefit the communityOn May 20, the Peace Bridge Authority held a ceremony rededicating Pat Sole Memorial Park on the West Side of Buffalo. After years of neglect the Peace Bridge Authority invested over $300,000 in total renovation of the park. Picnic tables, benches, playground equipment, safety fence, trees and plants were replaced, makin…

Pat Sole Park improvements will benefit the communityOn May 20, the Peace Bridge Authority held a ceremony rededicating Pat Sole Memorial Park on the West Side of Buffalo. After years of neglect the Peace Bridge Authority invested over $300,000 in total renovation of the park. Picnic tables, benches, playground equipment, safety fence, trees and plants were replaced, makin…

State plan should include more natural gas usageFor a stronger economy and cleaner environment, New York needs more natural gas and renewable power. Unfortunately, state policymakers focus too much on renewable energy projects and regularly block reasonable proposals for more natural gas. This includes the Constitution and Millennium pipelines.There are many benefits to mo…

Lee was, above all else, a traitor to his countryGen. Robert E. Lee was a traitor, not a rebel, not a patriot. He betrayed his oath as an officer and a member of the United States military. R.E. Lee and those members of the U.S. Army that followed him and took up arms were traitors, guilty of high treason by their actions. Revisionists who try to paint R.E. Lee and those o…

Legislators have the ability to change the ConstitutionI read with amusement the letter advising New York state voters to vote in favor of a constitutional convention. One should understand who will be writing this new constitution. It will be those currently serving in the Legislature and/or their politically connected cronies.Now let’s think about this. Do we really wa…

Westwood will simply add to town’s drainage issuesOur atmosphere is warming, warm air carries more moisture. That’s why our rainstorms are, on the average, delivering more rain. That, plus the weakening of the jet stream, will also allow more Gulf moisture to make it north. The initial blast of runoff from these intense rainstorms is stressing the drainage of Amherst s…

The county Water Authority discourages conservationI agree with The Buffalo News editorial praise for the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (now “Waterkeeper”). But let’s make some real changes to make things better.For example, water conservation is all but ignored in Erie County. The Erie County Water Authority charges every water customer a minimum of 9,000 gallons of w…

There is much more not to like about the onerous SAFE ActThe Sept. 9 letter regarding the SAFE Act had an interesting question of “What’s not to like?” There is plenty not to like about it. The most unlikeable thing is that it does nothing to reduce “gun violence.” Simple answer is that criminals don’t obey laws and this one has no effect on the criminal misuse…