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Losing Buffalo Bills wouldn’t be that badI see the well-worn discussion on the Bills stadium is again in full bloom. Do we build new, at a cost of $800 million? Do we redo old, for $400 million? “Let’s study this.”At the risk of treading on sacrosanct ground, or in this case turf, public school programs are being cut due to lost funding as community groups form to …

Buffalo children have a terrific opportunityI hope a Feb. 16 writer was joking with his letter commenting on how nice it was for private citizens to step in for Clarence students wishing to participate in after-school clubs and sports. He asked if there will be any opportunities for the children in his community of Buffalo.I believe there already are – to the tune of the…

Residents should plan for waterfront eventsI was very disappointed with the selfish actions of the waterfront residents regarding events being held in their neighborhood. They were given ample warning regarding these races and most of them only take an hour or two to complete. These events raise thousands of dollars for charities, and the residents should plan ahead for th…

Not everyone deserves the right to bear armsI am writing in response to the letter writer who stated the Second Amendment is the most important amendment. What about those prohibiting discrimination against sex and age, or unlawful search and seizure, or the right to an attorney?I am a retired New York State trooper who had an AR-15 pointed at me and my partner while respo…

Let’s work together to improve schoolsIn a recent My View column, “Let’s save the dream and build community,” social studies teacher Anthony L. White II hit the nail on the head in addressing our broken societal system as the primary factor underlying the vast majority of our city children’s underperformance in school. I, too, believe that if we do not address th…

Cost of education needs to be repaidAfter waking to the news that my taxes may soon be subsidizing college educations for convicted criminals, one question comes to mind. Will the graduates be responsible for paying back the generosity of the taxpayers when they get a job?Why hasn’t this been considered? And why was this brought up at a meeting with black, Hispanic and o…

Building a new stadium for Bills makes no senseThe Buffalo Bills are the only NFL team to actually play its home games in New York State. It has community support, however, it has not gone to the playoffs in 14 seasons and one game was blacked out due to low ticket sales.There are two preseason games and seven regular-season games played in Buffalo. The proposed constructi…

College programs will save millionsAs a former director of college programs at Attica and Albion prisons in the 1980s, I can tell you that the economics are the same now as they were then, a huge plus for the taxpayer. The two numbers to pay attention to are the recidivism rate – 50 percent – and the cost per inmate per year – $60,000. By investing $5,000 per year fo…

Education will help reduce recidivismThe uproar over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to provide college education for prison inmates demonstrates a lack of understanding about the system of mass incarceration that exists in the United States today. A person does not serve a jail term and then return to his prior life. After release, the person still carries the stigm…

Cuomo’s proposal is monumentally stupidThis governor must be testing the voters to see if anyone is awake and paying attention. Every once and awhile he says or does something monumentally stupid, like the NY SAFE Act. And now he wants to help jailed prisoners get college degrees?I’m a father of two struggling to get by every day legally. I will be lucky if I can affor…

Funds sought for stadium could be put to better useIt totally boggles my mind that we taxpayers are expected to foot the bill for a new stadium. The team has done nothing to warrant a new stadium. Players get paid their mega-dollar salaries whether they perform or not. How many of us would get paid if we did not do our job as expected?I think we should take these tax dolla…

New York has to stop abusing its taxpayersIt seems that day after day, our leaders (if you can call them that) find a new way to pick the people’s pockets. Now it is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s turn. He would like to give prisoners a college education. I’ll bet that there are millions of people (myself included) who couldn’t afford to go to college and had to try to find a…

Does city have a duty to clear snowy walks?I wonder, what is the responsibility of the city in keeping sidewalks and crosswalks passable during snowy weather? Driving on Niagara Street, I saw a person climbing over a 3-foot wall of snow to board a bus slip, fall, bounce off the corner of the bus and fall onto the street.This is also of personal concern since I’m eight mo…

Governor must stop showing favoritismAgain, the governor has played favorites, and Western New York loses out. When there was a driving ban in numerous communities around Buffalo during the Jan. 7 blizzard, the local state offices were kept open and employees had to show up or be considered absent from work that day.But when the snow hit the Big Apple and surrounding area,…

Gun advocates omit a few relevant factsWhy are the anti-SAFE Act people so unrealistic? A recent letter claimed that only lawful folks are hurt by the law. Is it really possible that the media “glamorize shootings” and cause more? Is it really true that gun rights are absolute? Fact: There are no absolute rights in the Constitution. Libel is punishable and speech is li…