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Trump’s actions are not making America ‘great’Hmm, racism rearing its ugly head; once-in-500-years weather catastrophes occurring every other year; homelessness; an ever-increasing disparity of wealth; a health care system that fails to draw the envy of any nation sporting more than two electrical generators.A rotting infrastructure; record mass incarcerations; one in six …

American dream has become a nightmareThis morning I read again that Rep. Paul Ryan wants to cut unfunded mandates to balance the budget. Hogwash! We spend about 62 cents of every federal tax dollar on the military. We defend Europe and Asia, 73 years after the end of World War II. Germany has the third-largest economy in the world! England is doing pretty well. Why are we …

Let’s try to be more aware of the footprints we leaveNeighborhood signs, blue with white doves, reading: “I leave footprints for peace” may have their origin in my favorite theologian/philosopher Soren Kierkegaard’s “The Anxiety of Self-Torment,” Christian Discourses, 1848. You decide: “But He came to this earth to prescribe the task, to leave behind Him a footprint, so th…

President is insulting to nation’s militaryI am a combat veteran and am totally disgusted with President Trump’s idea of a military parade. He is using this idea of a parade for his own self-gratification. A man who never served in the military and was deferred several times for bone spurs; a rich kid’s excuse for not serving in the armed forces. Trump is insulting to the …

Trump kept his promise and delivered tax cutsMy husband and I watched the news channels and C-Span quite a bit during the last election cycle. Then candidate Donald Trump promised tax cuts for businesses and the forgotten working families.We said let’s see, after the election. Little did we realize that these cuts would affect our income, too, as we are both retired. When …

Don’t cut federal funding for PBS, vital reportingPresident Trump’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting is unwarranted. (This is a revival of former President George W. Bush’s intention.)The financial support for the Public Broadcasting Service is .01 percent of the $4 trillion federal budget – obviously not a big-ticket item.Public programming – …

Country needs more leaders to step up, do the right thingThe Feb. 4 article on Charles Goodell by News staff reporter Tim Graham was excellent. We needed a reminder today that people actually existed who took stands of morality and ethics and suffered the results from the politically powerful corrupt. The country was eventually saved then. Can it happen again?William Disbr…

It’s shocking to see nuns fight affordable housingThis letter is in response to the New York Times article printed in The Buffalo News on Feb. 9 about the praying Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Greenburgh.They claim that their calling is to pray for the whole world, but they are against a plan to build affordable housing next door to their convent.Here is a more fitti…

World deserves much better than our bellicose presidentMy parents were Republicans – and sometimes they weren’t. They voted for men of conscience and quality, regardless of political party.My father served as a medical doctor during World War II with Gen. George Patton’s Army in Western Europe, including Belgium and France. He was at the invasion of Normandy. As a doctor, …

Let’s stop saying ‘no problem’ and go back to ‘you’re welcome’I was very glad to read the letter in Everybody’s Column by a reader who felt the same way I do in reference to the response, “no problem.” It always baffled me as to how this came to replace the response of “you’re welcome.” I, too, wonder if it seemed I was implying that there was an actual problem, when I ack…

Hackers pose a danger to those shopping onlineI read with interest the fact that Sears, Bon-Ton, Macy’s and J.C. Penney are closing stores all over the country. Online shopping seems to be killing brick-and-mortar stores.My handicapped wife, Bernie, has used online purchases and home delivery to get goods without shopping at stores.Unfortunately she discovered that hackers…

Stores could be more helpful to the elderly, disabled peopleFollowing is a brief story about a recent experience I had during a trip to visit my daughter in Gloucester, Mass. The trip started out on a high note thanks to the exceptional wheelchair service provided by the Buffalo and Logan airports. When my daughter and I left Logan, we headed to the local mall. Our first s…

Collins is big disappointment to residents of 27th DistrictThis February, United Auto Workers (UAW) members held their National Community Action Conference in Washington, D.C. I was proud to be part of the WNY contingent, attending the conference and lobbying elected representatives on behalf of our 6,500 UAW members living in the 27th District. Per instructions from Congr…

Model United Nations originated in New YorkIt is a little-known fact that Model United Nations, now highly popular learning tools in high schools and colleges, originated in upstate New York nearly 70 years ago. The first ever Model U.N. was held at St. Lawrence University in Canton from Feb. 11 to 13, 1949, with delegates coming from nine regional colleges and universitie…

Buffalo teachers need to stop making excusesAt one time, teaching was a respected profession in the Buffalo Public Schools. You can’t deny the union’s influence on the educational system. Poor student performance appears to be accepted by many teachers. Many schools have embarrassing high dropout and absentee rates. Families are fleeing the city from terrible schools and t…