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Native names in weaponry is another great insultI wonder if the people that are offended by the use of Native American names in high school mascots are equally offended by the U.S. government’s use of Native American names in their military’s weapon systems?The Tomahawk cruise missile and the Apache and Comanche helicopters are just a few. The mission to capture Osama …

Depew’s new totes are not all that greatIn response to the writer who praised Depew’s new totes, I would like to offer a different perspective. The new totes are troublesome. They are heavy, cumbersome and difficult to maneuver. For seniors, women and those who do not get around easily, the new totes are a burden indeed. I am dismayed that the board did not the conside…

Zimmerman’s behavior proved he was wrongI was a New York State trooper from 1968 to 1997. While stationed in the New York City area, I learned a term called, “involvo.” That term described a person who wasn’t a cop but stuck his nose into police business. Instead of calling the police, that kind of person would get himself into a situation that he wasn’t trained …

Darien Lake experience is marred by police actionsAfter attending over 500 concerts, including dozens at Darien Lake, my experience at the Bob Dylan concert has led me to the decision to never attend a concert at Darien Lake again. I fully support everyone having a safe time at concerts, but the police tactics used at Darien Lake do not accomplish that. Being harassed and …

Letter writer is wrong about flu vaccine effectI feel a response is needed to the July 22 letter regarding the regulation for nurses and the flu vaccine. The statement that physicians receive incentive payment from pharmaceutical companies depending on the number of flu vaccines given is completely false and inflammatory.The flu vaccine is effective especially if community…

New health care law relies on the individual mandateNew York State recently announced the premium rates for health plans that insurers will offer on the new Health Benefits Exchange this fall. This is good news for many New Yorkers who will have lower premiums in 2014. The current direct pay market for individuals who purchase coverage on their own is approximately 17,000 …

Martin’s trip to the store should not have ended badlyTrayvon Martin had every right to be walking in the gated community his father lived in. He was merely returning to his father’s house after visiting a local store. George Zimmerman, realizing there had recently been a series of break-ins by a few black men, saw Trayvon as someone suspicious and, rightfully, called …

Ticketing for flowers makes the city look badI read a News article that reiterates the reason I will not visit Buffalo. Ticketing people for growing flowers by calling them high grass? The people in charge are now against beautification of homes but will support new hotels or silver bullet projects – Bass Pro. My Hamburg garden would violate Buffalo’s standards and I …

Wind power is no panacea as some would have us believeI agree with some of the basic concepts presented in the July 23 letter “State needs to invest in solar and wind energy,” but I find issue when reality is ignored for wishful thinking. Future technology and marketplace initiatives will indeed increase the benefits of wind and solar opportunities. But reliance on …

Threat to freedom is not rampant government growthI would like to respond to the July 22 letter, “Rampant government growth is destroying our freedom.” The letter writer says President Obama will not be satisfied till the “wealthy are no longer wealthy.” That is not what the president has said at all. He talks about the wealthy paying their fair share in expenses a…

Caring for Orleans citizens has to be put before all elseIt’s been almost five months since the Orleans County Legislature voted to create a local development corporation for The Villages of Orleans, and the Concerned Citizens of Orleans County came together to begin fighting against that sale.Caring for the people of Orleans County has to come first. The taxes we pay to…

Student athlete denial is a shameful act by the stateI am writing in response to the front page story about David Gorczynski’s denial to run as a member of the Orchard Park High School cross country team his senior year due to an age restriction imposed by the state.Everyone involved in making this determination should be embarrassed and ashamed. My children have run cro…

Detroit has much in common with what is happening hereOne thing that struck me from Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s statement, “I wish there had been a lot more outrage over the past 10, 20 years.” As someone who lived in the Detroit area nearly 20 years ago, I know what he means. That city’s similarities to Buffalo are eerie. With t…

Pitts is wrong on Snowden and his place in historyPerhaps Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts is right when he argues that Edward Snowden is no hero – because, according to Pitts, Snowden is evading punishment by “going to Venezuela.” My question for Mr. Pitts is, “Then what is he? What is Mr. Snowden?”Pitts insinuates that Snowden failed to act out of conscienc…