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Buffalo does not provide exceptional quality for allThis letter is to comment on Donn Esmonde’s Aug. 7 column on Andre Reed and Buffalo. Specifically his comment regarding the “exceptional quality of life in Buffalo.” I have lived in Buffalo most of my life, except for a short stint in Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio, Texas, and Broken Arrow, Okla. Last summer my husband retire…

Ebola outbreak is being pushed to the inside of newspapersI’d like to know why all the news dealing with the Ebola outbreak is buried inside the paper, on pages four or five. All that is ever reported is that the little aid that was going to these countries is being removed. If we are going to ignore a huge population that needs our help, we ought to be reminded of it. May…

Society could do without so many guns in circulationI know I’m not the smartest guy on the block, but it does not take a genius to figure out that there are just too darn many guns in our society.Every single day one or more people in Western New York are shot and very often it is a young person. We no longer argue. We take out a gun and shoot. End of argument. We have kid…

Bon Jovi’s good works should be acknowledgedWith all of the stories about the Buffalo Bills bidding process, there is one story that has gone unnoticed – the humanitarian work of Jon Bon Jovi.The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing solutions and opportunity for families and individuals affected by poverty. To date, the foundation…

Firing Higgins, Cuomo will increase student rollsI was saddened to learn that 63 Buffalo teachers may lose their jobs based in part on “projected enrollment calculations.”I submit that one important reason for the projected decline in the number of Buffalo students is the outrageous pro-choice effort of Democrats like Rep. Brian Higgins and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Underemployed…

NFL owners would not mind if the Bills moved to CanadaNFL owners don’t care about your funding issues. Businesses are focused on maximizing revenue and generating profits and work to locate in the best markets to do that.Despite some of the lowest ticket prices in the league, we are one of the few teams that does not sell out every home game. The team may be highly profita…

Constant calls for charity can border on harassmentI have charities I donate to on a regular basis. Since I retired, I have had to narrow my donations to five organizations.I got a private line for a reason. I do not appreciate that our lawmakers have allowed my number to be given to any and all organizations to call for donations.Organizations seeking donations now employ…

Governor must protect citizens from frackingAt the end of July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, called on the Environmental Protection Agency to improve its oversight of water contamination and seismic activity associated with fracking for oil and natural gas.It’s no surprise to those of us who have followed fracking that it h…

Hamas deserves much more criticism than it is gettingHamas claims that its rockets and tunnels are resistance against Israel’s blockade, a cynical lie that reverses cause and effect.In fact, hundreds of rockets emanated from Gaza soon after Israel’s 2005 withdrawal, and by now attacks number in the thousands, occurring nearly every month.Yet, Israel began blockading Gaza …

Teacher tenure serves no real purpose in educationOnce teachers receive tenure, they seem to refuse new methods of teaching. The solution to the education system is to eliminate tenure and have charter schools. Teachers would have to be accountable to parents. No where in New York State is there a profession with a very strong union to protect them, plus a golden parachute…

WNY should not have trouble deciding between NFL and foodWas there some intent at outrageous irony in placing the two articles at the top of the front page on Aug. 10 (“NFL says new Bills stadium is a must,” and “A struggle to put food on the table”)?On the one hand, we get a disturbing look at the bottom line criterion that the NFL owners will utilize in deciding who gets…

Bishop’s use of sports makes for an awkward analogy The News recently ran an informative piece about the challenges facing Bishop Richard Malone of the Catholic Diocese. Speaking to a gathering of young people, newly confirmed, he said: “One of the problems we face in the church is that an awful lot of good Catholics stopped learning …” His pitch was for their sticking aro…

Column about cat rescue should inspire others In reference to Donn Esmonde’s Aug. 9 column about the rescue of feral cats, I applaud Danielle Coogan for taking the steps needed to help these cats and kittens. I myself was in a similar situation, but it only pertained to a mother and her kittens being born near my property. With winter coming I felt sorry and started to fee…

Celebration of love was a joy to witnessIn response to the letter criticizing gay marriage, I believe that gay people are born that way. I just attended my first gay wedding, which by the way involved my sister and her partner of 10 years. It was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever attended. Seeing two people who have waited for this day to celebrate their lov…

GM is turning a profit; why doesn’t it pay taxes?So let me get this straight. It’s OK for General Motors to take taxpayers’ money to keep its business afloat, but not to pay taxes in the very country that bailed it out! I guess Ford does have a better idea. You know what you have to do, folks!Penny GormanLackawanna