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Quote about fishing is not from the BibleA recent letter claimed that providing social support for the poor was a disservice to them – discouraging them from getting jobs. The writer noted that this led to dishonesty and abuse of the system. He neglected to also note that wealthy people do the same – Bernard Madoff being an example.Furthermore, his statement that “If…

Difference between rules, home inspectors’ conductWhile I hold a Dec. 10 letter writer in the highest regard, I think there is a difference between the rules and the conduct of home inspectors. New York has laws intended to promote professional home inspection conduct. And the associations we join as home inspectors promote a code of conduct that should guide our actions…

Our region already has many excellent teachersAs a student teacher supervisor at SUNY Buffalo State, I read with dismay The News article reporting that the Buffalo Board of Education has voted to bring the Teach for America program to the district, supplying up to 30 teachers a year.There are many reasons why this is not necessary. The biggest reason is that the Buffalo ar…

Obama was following Mandela’s fine exampleWatching the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, you have to admire the principles that he stood for. This was a man who epitomized forgiveness and reconciliation. He spent 27 years in prison for his beliefs. Upon his release, he was elected president of South Africa and at his inaugural reception he honored his jailers.I am ver…

Install a fishing pier near former toll plazaI’d like to see the old Black Rock toll plaza on the Niagara Thruway turned into a fishing pier. There already are hook-ups for toilets and lights. Put in a short wooden pier for fishermen and make sure it’s wheelchair accessible.A tunnel or foot bridge could be built under or over the Thruway to allow people to walk in from…

Follow Mandela’s example and start working togetherI write to implore for an end of the incredible divide of politics and ideologies that dominate our world, nation and Erie County.I am thrilled to have lived to see the praise of Nelson Mandela who, with his incredible powers of forgiveness and reconciliation, freed a people and a nation from the bondage of apartheid. No…

Writer criticizing Watson shouldn’t twist his wordsAfter reading the Dec. 7 letter, “Entitlement programs keep people in poverty,” I find myself in the unusual position of defending News columnist Rod Watson. Like the letter writer, I often disagree with Watson, though not on this particular issue. I’d like to think that unlike the writer, I don’t have to twist W…

Women, not their employers, should pay for birth controlPerhaps the most anticipated case on the Supreme Court’s current docket concerns the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that private companies pay for their employees’ birth control. Regardless of the ruling, the losing side is going to be extremely upset. The court is confined to determining the constitutionalit…

Hospital should improve area where patients exitThe millions of dollars spent on the upgrading of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital made it a top-notch facility except in one area – the front of the hospital.While recently waiting for my wife in a long line of cars at curbside, the weather was cold and rainy. I saw people exiting in wheelchairs, some with skimpy clothin…

Mandatory driving tests would make roads saferIn response to the letter regarding Schwabl’s owner Gene Staychock’s “insensitive behavior” for his sign, I am compelled to offer a viable alternative. Our neighbors in Ontario have mandatory driving tests, including one for vision every two years, for drivers 80 years and older. Every day there are countless accidents …

SAFE Act is trying to protect citizensI was pleased to see the Dec. 9 letter in support of the NY SAFE Act. The writer obviously understands the intent behind the SAFE Act – to protect us, and contribute toward a safer community, while still allowing sane, responsible gun owners to have their guns.Keep in mind that the SAFE Act was passed in response to the Sandy Hook El…

Cuomo doesn’t inspire any trust in governmentIf Gov. Andrew Cuomo really wants to restore trust in the state government, he should rescind the NY SAFE Act and present it properly to the people. The three-day discussion period should not have been bypassed. I am sure parts of the bill would be enacted anyhow. But the way he pushed this bill through did not gain for him th…

Country needs to get its priorities in orderBeing a Vietnam era vet, I find it truly disgusting that we still send men and boys to war without the best equipment. Then when they come home, the ones who are truly needy have to fight for proper care. Now on top of that we are cutting the SNAP program, which will affect about 170,000 soldiers and their families, and cutting p…

Show some compassion for driver injured in crashThe recent accident, and I stress the word accident, by an elderly woman was unfortunate. In addition to causing a restaurant to close for repairs, it caused extensive injuries to the driver.The damage to the restaurant will no doubt be covered by insurance and the injured driver will be facing a long healing process. But in …

Restaurateur’s sign was in very poor tasteAs soon as I heard the news of the accident at Schwabl’s and the immediate concerns of the present owner, I was forced to visit my memories of this restaurant and the management style of the Schwabl family. Ray Schwabl was not only the proprietor, he is a gentleman of the first order. His staff stayed with him for many years, m…