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Sheriff is not upholding all of New York’s lawsI opened the letter from Sheriff Timothy Howard and read his request for my contribution to the New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute. Imagine my surprise to read his opening sentence. “As your sheriff, it is my responsibility to uphold the laws of New York, to preserve peace and protect the lives and property of the …

Government dictates bad decisions for citizensThe government was made by the people and for the people. When the government rushes through with its own plan to decide what is the best for us, is it really the best for us?When the government deregulated gasoline it wiped out the competition of the selling of gasoline to the consumer and now we are ensnared with their purcha…

Governor should declare a ban on hydrofrackingWater. There isn’t any technology that can clean water from hydrofracking. There isn’t any. The hydrofracking industry takes water dirtied with toxic chemicals, toxic heavy metals, radioactivity and brine (salt) and disperses it. How? Dirty water is dumped into rivers that are intakes for city water (Pittsburgh); dirty water is…

Scaffold Law is wrongly characterized in new reportIn the March 10 editorial “New study makes a powerful case against the ‘Scaffold Law,’” the new study in question is simply wrong. You correctly note that the report was produced by the Rockefeller Institute, but the research was not conducted “in association with Cornell University.” The only connection to Cornell is a f…

Conservatives are running the nation into the groundThe conservatives have just completed their love fest at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Not only have they viciously attacked the president, but they have also bashed the memory and actions of three of their own presidential candidates: Mitt Romney, John McCain and Robert Dole.This is a party that sp…

Birthing center site deserves to be boycottedHow bizarre and outrageous that the new birthing center sponsored by Buffalo Womenservices at 2500 Main St. is housed at the same site as Buffalo’s most prolific abortion center. I urge all people of faith to boycott this birthing center. Kudos to the insurance companies who refuse to pay for coverage. If you want an excellent …

Let’s start building a better light railBuffalo is on the rebound, with historic buildings being updated, people moving into downtown, new jobs, Canalside and new buildings.Now is the time to extend the light rail to the airport and farther to a park-and-ride on Transit Road. For the Amherst extension, a modern streetcar line makes more sense as it avoids an expensive shor…

Cuomo should have to face a better GOP candidateRob Astorino’s announcement of his intent to run for governor is a joke. Those of us in New York who would vote for a Republican or Conservative might just as well stay home.Astorino had all he could do to get elected in Westchester County. So what is he thinking? Gov. Andrew Cuomo should get another four years to finish New …

Bishop needs to admit that he made a mistakeA March 6 letter writer took issue with an individual who questioned Bishop Richard Malone’s school closings list. My response is this: it doesn’t mean the bishop is right, either. I take issue with anyone who tells me that he undertook three years of “intense discussions and research” and somehow still decided to close the last …

Appeasing Russia would only make a bad situation worseI am writing to clarify a point that was made in a March 7 editorial in which the current crisis in Ukraine was compared to Hitler’s takeover of Austria in 1938. I think that a much more accurate parallel can be found in Hitler’s seizure of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia. Hitler claimed that his actions were necess…

Prison education benefits everyoneRecent opposition to the renewed prison education initiative in New York State is shortsighted from the “lock ’em up and throw away the key” mindset.I taught in the prison education programs from 1985-1995 before they were canceled by Gov. Pataki. I found the inmate students to be receptive and eager to learn, intelligent and protective of…

Public campaign financing is not the logical answerThere have been a fair number of letters to this paper in support of public funding of campaigns in an effort to reduce “undue” influence of the elected.  The idea is idiotic.  The only way to reduce special interest influence over politicians is to reduce the influence that politicians have over special interests.  But to…

New painkiller is needed as an option to suffering I read with interest the article regarding the new painkiller Zohydro on March 5. I can understand the grief of Avi Israel over the death of his son who struggled with painkiller addiction. However, I take exception to his remark regarding “relief from low back pain” as if it’s nothing more than an inconvenience. I have ha…

Veterans should be ashamed to purchase foreign carsMaybe I’m feeling overly patriotic today but when I look around in my travels I can’t help but sense that something has gone awry in America.I am a disabled veteran, and I served my country from 1967 to 1969. During my basic and advanced  individual training we were instructed to serve our country. This meant to honor our …

Disabled sex offenders do not belong next doorI am writing in response to the March 5 letter, “Disabled sex offenders being unfairly vilified,” from members of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). First of all, I would not be negative or hurtful to these individuals. But I would not allow imprisoned individuals released from closed prisons into a commun…