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Restore police foot patrols in high-crime areas of cityI lived in the East Lovejoy section of Buffalo most of my life in a home that was built by my grandfather in 1908. Having been robbed by neighbors four times in one year, the doctor recommended I move to a senior citizen apartment. The robberies were reported to the Buffalo Police but they did nothing. My son now lives…

Banning immigrants is detrimental to societyMy parents immigrated to the United States 28 years ago from Pakistan. Now, as a soon-to-be lawyer, I can’t help but think about the current political climate surrounding immigration. More specifically, under the revised Executive Order 13780 or “Muslim Ban 2.0,” nationals from Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya w…

Federal funding for PBS is a smart use of moneyThere has been a call for several decades now for PBS to be defunded by the federal government. I’ve just heard a similar statement in the media recently by some agenda-driven politician. The reason given is always the same. Private television and cable stations can provide the same programing without the federal taxpayer su…

Stop the senseless killing of babies through abortionGov. Andrew Cuomo wants to enact the Reproductive Health Care Act (S438) which would proclaim abortion as a fundamental right in New York State. He intends to hide it in a larger bill to get it passed. This bill would not require parental consent, have no limit on government funding of abortions, allow any health care pr…

Motorcycle safety is a two-way streetOnce again, the warm weather is here and we are starting to see the beautiful classic cars, Harley Davidsons and the dreaded “crotch rocket” motorcycles coming out of winter storage. Also, the signs asking motorists to watch out for the motorcycles.Well, how about if we put out signs asking the motorcyclists to watch out for the oth…

Rosemond is spot-on about ADHD and ADDI agree wholeheartedly with John Rosemond’s recent column in Refresh that ADHD and ADD are sham diagnoses. I have had the same gut feeling ever since I first heard the terms ADHD and ADD used in the late 1980s. The terms didn’t make sense to me then, and they still make no sense to me now.Here’s why: These diagnoses presume that …

Health care ought to be viewed as a public goodI strongly support the views on health care so well stated in the April 12 letter, “Explore options and create a better health care system.” Americans would be much better off if we viewed health care as a public good, similar to education.If we treated education as we now treat health care, educating our nation’s childr…

State’s DEC regulations protect vital waterwaysOn a beautiful spring morning, I volunteered with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to stock brown trout along Cattaraugus and Elton Creeks. It was gratifying to release these lively trout into waterways now protected by the DEC’s denial of 401 Water Certification for the Northern Access Pipeline.…

Promote assimilation by teaching in EnglishThe idea of recruiting Spanish-speaking teachers to teach school in the U.S., as reported in the News on April 11, is wrong. It proliferates bilingualism that tends to divide our country. Just look at Canada and Belgium to see that division – and the U.S. has enough division as it is.In 1943 when I entered first grade at a U.S. …

Pledge to let Obamacare ‘explode’ is irresponsibleThe recent efforts by the Trump administration to end Obamacare and bring on a new health care plan were something to behold. President Trump vowed to “let Obamacare explode,” and since he controls the government he has many ways to bring this about. This is extraordinary. Our elected president promises to deny heal…

Let’s all pitch in and help clean trash from landscapeIt is so welcoming to have spring here. The weather is warming, the birds are chirping and the flowers are presenting their buds as a preview for what is to come. Another sign of spring is the trash that was hidden under the snow and is now in full view. Even sadder, the trash that keeps popping up daily like new weed…

Elmwood Village residents aren’t being obstructionistsAn April 9 Viewpoints article by Richard Paton titled, “Foes of Elmwood development are fighting change,” characterized the village movement to expect developers to comply with the new Green Code without variance as to height and length as reactionary know-nothings.Speakers at the many public meetings on the Cimin…

Airlines should adopt a new boarding policyLegislation should be enacted to prevent the atrocity that happened to Dr. David Dao on the United Airlines flight from Chicago to Kentucky. At the point you are allowed to board a plane with a valid ticket, your seat should be guaranteed on that flight. If an airline overbooks, then the customers checking in last or arriving late…

Mentally ill children need separate facilityIt was very troubling to learn that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is intent on relocating the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center to the grounds of the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Prior to the final budget vote, both the Assembly and the Senate supported keeping the facility where it is.As a doctor explained in his recent …