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Tax dollars being wasted on Guantanamo prisonersYou can’t make this stuff up. Word of how our tax dollars are spent at Guantanamo Bay comes with some health-related concerns.It seems an Egyptian prisoner who has been detained for 11 years has ballooned from 210 to 420 pounds during his incarceration. While many Americans go to bed hungry, this guy seems to be doing fine.…

Workers do their best on difficult CPS jobsAs a former 30-year veteran of Child Protective Services, I am happy that the public and our political appointees are outraged by the death of a child, allegedly at the hands of a caregiver. It is impossible to imagine the sadness and the loss this family is experiencing.Why is it that the media seem only to care during such a tra…

Lots of us can relate to Martin’s columnIn response to Susan Martin’s article in the Oct. 11 News, “A houndstooth habit – here, there and everywhere,” I totally agree. My fondness for houndstooth borders on the ridiculous, too. It is my favorite pattern by far. I’ve owned many purses, wallets, jackets and scarves in this pattern. Recently, I spotted houndstooth…

Forego the amenities, take care of essentialsThe front page of the paper recently printed a picture of a man outside his late mother’s house, which showed extensive roof damage. Included in the photo were a satellite dish and an air conditioner.Meanwhile, down at City Hall, the comptroller, an action-oriented politician, was striving to shovel money out the door and into…

Legislature shuts out publicThe political make up of the Niagara County Legislature has become more one sided over the last several terms. When one regime remains in place overly long, they tend to assume ownership of power to exclusion of the people.Prior to a December 2009 resolution, there had been provision for general public input early in 7 p.m. legislative sessions.…

Nobody is a winner if we default on debtThe discussion of the nation’s debt ceiling and talk of a potential default on U.S. debt obligations is not just an issue for Wall Street. In fact, it will have serious implications for those of us on Main Street. As a community banker in Little Valley, I am keenly aware of how changes in interest rates and cost of capital affect l…

President must not give in to extremistsPresident Obama must not give in to the tea party extremists, who have not respected him as president since the day he took office. And not just because of the shutdown or the debt ceiling. If the president caves in and allows a law – the Affordable Care Act, which has been legally enacted in a process defined for 200-plus years by…

New technology reveals truths about the unbornIt was amusing to read the Oct. 12 letter, “Pro-lifers need to stop forcing beliefs on others.” The writer, a physician, utilizes the pro-choice semantical magical wand to change the nature of a thing. Does he know that in Latin, “fetus” means “young one” or “offspring,” a category that can be used quite far int…

Officials should pay for own health careAmidst the struggle between both the Democrats and Republicans and the new health care law, it’s become clear that both the House of Representatives and the Senate are occupied by part-time workers who should be denied health care. Given the weeks of vacation they take each year and then the time spent campaigning, they are not ful…

Build a privacy wall behind Snyder hotelI am a resident of the Town of Amherst, but not Snyder. I do not know the neighbors involved in the matter, and I have no connection with Iskalo Development. I would like to suggest a compromise.Iskalo should be forced to build a privacy wall the height of the motel. Since it did get many variances from the town, one more should be n…

Farmers work carefully to protect environmentRecent media articles have focused on concerns about blue green algae events and other water body pollution. The insinuation seems to be that agriculture plays a large role. When a study was done several years ago of the Buffalo Creek watershed that my farm is in, the greatest pollution culprit was out-of-date sewer systems.Farm…

State needs to stop labeling our studentsI, along with thousands of parents from throughout Western New York, recently had the opportunity to take part in the Summit for Smarter Schools at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo.As a Buffalo public school parent, I heard experts emphasize that our schools and our children are not, in fact, “failing” – that the true failure i…

Officials have to work for good of the nationOnce again, our elected officials have succeeded only in turning what could be considered one of the greatest democracies in history into the laughingstock of the world. Worse yet, they don’t realize what they’ve done because they are too busy blaming each other for causing the shutdown.When will our elected officials grow u…

Great to see city schools embrace Meatless MondayAs a lifelong Buffalo area resident, I applaud the Buffalo School District for joining the growing Meatless Monday movement, which dates back to World War I and encourages Americans to eat entirely meat-free one day a week.Participating in Meatless Mondays can help billions of animals raised for food in our country. Farm ani…

Gaughan is paying taxes, has much to offer votersKevin Gaughan has spent most of his professional life studying local government, holding public conferences on improving Western New York and giving people the power to change their government. Yet his political opponents try to paint him as irresponsible because he pays some of his taxes under an installment plan.According …