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Gerson does not understand voter exhaustion with systemMichael Gerson’s Nov. 8 column on moral and intellectual exhaustion provokes many thoughts.Why does a recent poll indicate that if the 2016 election were held today, it would be a tie between Clinton and Trump?Trump may be bad, but the process that delivered the nomination to Clinton stinks. Russian hackers performed…

Brooks is spot on when speaking of ‘biblical ethic’Amen to David Brooks’ Nov. 1 column, “America’s biblical ethic.” How correct he is (dare I say, right) that “America’s traditional biblical ethic is still lurking somewhere in the national DNA [and that] there has to be a leader that can restore it to life.”That leader, unfortunately, is definitely not th…

Wind turbine companies should not have final sayThe Renewables on the Ground Roundtable, co-chaired by the Nature Conservancy and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, just released its final report in Albany last month. Readers beware. I participated in most of the year-long series of meetings. I implore Buffalo News readers, the round table participants, the state agen…

Players have a right to kneel during anthemIn response to the Nov. 2 letter, “Disrespect shown to flag is a slap in the face to vets,” the writer states that as a two-year veteran, he feels that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem is a slap in the face towards him and other service members. The writer should go back and re-read his Oath of Service.He will s…

America’s priorities need to be reorderedHomo sapiens is the only species ever created on this earth that has the ability to destroy our host planet, and that’s the one thing for which we are doing a good job.America’s priorities are mangled. It costs a million dollars or more for a 30-second commercial at the Super Bowl, but have a home-grown terrorist kill and inju…

Reed does not stand with average familiesIn a recent opinion piece in The Buffalo News, Congressman Tom Reed touts the benefits he says will accrue to the average taxpayer under the new Republican tax bill called “The Tax Cut and Jobs Act.” Reed loudly proclaims, “I stand with the 99 percent.” No, Mr. Reed, you do not stand with the 99 percent.According to a New Yo…

GOP tax plan increases debt to American citizensI read with interest the opinion of Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, on the proposed Republican tax plan currently being offered by Congress. As informative as one might think it was, I was very disappointed that Reed was not disclosing a very important part of this proposed legislation. I want to make people realize that this gift …

Politicians repeat same song after mass murdersA badly disturbed individual acquires an arsenal of weapons. The individual mass murders random people and kills himself, leaving no motive. Politicians give their “thoughts and prayers” and move on to other things microseconds later.The National Rifle Association (NRA) issues a statement that if the victims in churches, s…

Trump’s leadership looks increasingly authoritarian Examine what Trump is doing and ask yourself if it looks like a democracy or a banana republic.He calls his political opponents criminals and asks the federal courts to prosecute them. He appoints his immediate family to high political positions, takes from the poor to help the rich while refusing to divest from certain…

Too much smartphone time lessens real experiencesAre you constantly running around the house, looking for your phone? Well, I am. I’ll admit that I spend at least four hours a day using an electronic device. I text a couple of friends in the morning, Snapchat throughout the day and lurk on Vine before bed. Why is it that the sound or vibration of a phone triggers an ind…

Trump must have been mis-educated at WhartonDonald Trump says he is very, very smart because he went to Wharton Business School. Ironically, the Wharton school just came out with a study of his tax plan. It says that within five years the plan will contribute $3.5 trillion to $5 trillion to the deficit. Over a longer period the results will be even more horrific.The real p…

Nurses’ uniforms unfit for children’s hospital The amazing renaissance of the City of Buffalo is being enhanced by the opening of the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Two recent Buffalo News articles were most positive about the state-of-the art building. The art part seems to hold center stage in the decor of the interior spaces. This is most wonderful given all…

Music festival reporting showcases talented studentsThe Buffalo News did good service in publishing the piece on the Area All State Music Festival in the Nov. 2 NeXt edition.More than a thousand students in grades 7 through 9, selected from four counties of Western New York, participated in the orchestra, band and choruses.It was a treat to see and hear them and to watch t…

Let’s be thankful to veterans for safeguarding the nationThis Thanksgiving, I will thank God for all those veterans who served our country and suffered for my freedom.We as a people cannot and must not forget those brave warriors, some of whom still suffer physically and mentally from the wounds of war.Three of my uncles served in World War II. One received the Silver St…

Bliss cartoon does not demean senior citizensA new wave of “what?” hit me when I read the Nov. 7 letter about the Bliss cartoon “The Walk of Shame.” The writer thinks that the “shame” part is about the use of walkers and wheelchairs. Apparently, he never had children – or grandchildren – who could explain this to him. The walk of shame is a term applied to …