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Don’t let Hobby Lobby promote discriminationIn this country, we are free to worship whomever we wish or not at all. Religious extremists, however, are all about discriminating against anyone who believes differently.Hobby Lobby is no mom-and-pop operation. It is a corporation with 18,000 employees and hundreds of locations in 48 states. It is run by a billionaire who donat…

Exempting Hobby Lobby would give it unfair edgeRegarding the letter “Don’t force employers to pay for contraceptives,” Obamacare is an expense that businesses will incur and, like all business expenses, it is added to the price of the product. If some employers are allowed to drop the cost of contraceptives, this will give them an unfair competitive edge under the shield o…

Former police officer has misplaced valuesFormer Buffalo police lieutenant Patrick S. O’Mara is quoted in the April 15 News as saying that he finds it demeaning to be paid to sit and answer phones. Apparently he doesn’t find cheating, lying and stealing to be demeaning. Really?Laurel C. BraunAmherst

Let’s work to preserve honeybee populationBelieve it or not, the long-awaited warmer days of spring are right around the corner. Along with the warm weather comes the return of honeybees. They forage our surrounding world, visiting each flower that bursts through the soil. Without these fuzzy, flying pollinators, we would have to live without many fruits and vegetables – a…

Delayed canal project is chink in Cuomo’s armorWho can argue that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a winning political strategy and a headline-friendly code name with his Buffalo Billion investment?With some $300 million already awarded, $700 million in the budget pipeline, and a raft of local cheerleaders from the business and government arena fighting to sing his praises, the gover…

Residents near bridge must be top priorityW.T. “Bill” McKibben’s Viewpoints article, “Time to call a truce: Let’s resolve issues so Peace Bridge can continue to play leading role in our region’s economy,” has no real proposals to achieve the goal set in the headline. He begins by making unsubstantiated claims about the economic impacts of increased truck traffic. He has no…

Offshore wind factories would harm Great LakesWe have just learned that the Ohio Power Siting Board has ended Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.’s hopes of developing a six-turbine offshore wind factory in Lake Erie seven miles northwest of Cleveland. I cannot tell you how many hundreds of hours several of us have each worked to see this worthless project rejected. We hope…

Does Weppner think local voters are fools?Does congressional candidate Kathy Weppner take the citizens of Erie County for fools and of no decent or moral quality? During her shock radio talk show a short time ago, she insulted immigrants and African-Americans and made ridiculous birther allegations against the president.Now she wants to take on the herculean task of opposi…

Bisons should consider program to attract fansI read in a recent News article that attendance for Buffalo Bisons games has fallen off dramatically.I am not an avid fan of the baseball team, but years ago the team had a program where you could sign up for several games of a person’s selection, pick out a seat you would like to sit in and also get a hot dog or hamburger and …

Don’t lump all drivers into box based on ageThe article on car insurance rate factors was very interesting to me. I have never received a ticket, never caused an accident and don’t text or use the cellphone. I drive about 3,000 miles a year and own a 3-year-old car in excellent condition. I don’t play loud music, and rarely have a passenger. I am in very good health and ha…

Passing gun laws won’t end attacksWhat will Gov. Andrew Cuomo do now that there’s been another tragedy at a school? Last time it was Sandy Hook Elementary, when he passed the SAFE Act in the middle of the night. Now it’s a school outside of Pittsburgh. I imagine the Cutlery Act, banning us from buying any type of knife, because this time a gun wasn’t used. He can pass it o…

Radford misrepresents magnet school familiesIn a recent News article regarding segregation in the Buffalo Public Schools, outspoken DPCC President Sam Radford said, “Privileged people are going to see change differently than underprivileged people.” The privileged people he refers to are families in Buffalo magnet schools.I am a parent of three children attending Olmsted 1…

Court was wise to reject limits on contributionsAfter reading so many opinion essays and letters in this paper denouncing the recent Supreme Court ruling that says, in essence, “money is speech,” I decided that someone needs to write in favor of said ruling.If someone wants his given party or candidate to win an election, he should be free to contribute whatever amount of …

Community should support relocation of King CharterA recent News editorial missed the mark about King Charter School’s decision to move from its current leased location to a bigger, much more affordable building it will own a few miles away that will accommodate its growing population. King is not abandoning the neighborhood or its responsibilities to the community. It is …

Firefighters deserve some recognition, tooWith all due respect, I think our military service members are stealing too much of the limelight from other heroes who seem to be overlooked. With all the observance days for the military, I think our local heroes deserve to have some recognition as well.We hear of those who died serving our country to protect the very freedom for…