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Pitts is the true racist, as evidenced by his columnsI think Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts is one of the biggest racists in the country.All of his columns contain a hint of racism. The one on Oct. 17, “Ben Carson sinks to a new low,” was infuriating. Apparently, Pitts cannot stand the fact that an intelligent, well-educated black man is a conservative. Dr. Ben Carso…

Nation’s leaders are real bullies toward citizensIt is no wonder there is so much bullying going on in and out of our schools. Our children see our national leaders bullying the nation, threatening force to get others to agree with them, harming hundreds of thousands of innocent people and spending billions each day to keep our government hostage.They say they are doing it…

Republicans are working against the country’s goodIn spite of the fact that losing the last presidential election caused many of the Republicans to “change their spots” and abandon their extreme ways, there is still a lot of derisive talk from their party. They want smaller government, less spending and lower taxes, not realizing that historically it was Republican preside…

Collins’ shutdown vote proves he is unfit to governRep. Chris Collins voted no to the deal to end the government shutdown and avert a federal default. Think about that: he voted to allow our government to default on its debt obligations. Regardless of what he says his rationale was for voting no to avert a default, he voted to cause potentially catastrophic harm to our e…

Covanta is a poor choice for the public’s healthCovanta Niagara operates one of the largest waste incinerators in the United States. The smokestack owned by this New Jersey waste company sends mercury, dioxin and furan more than 400 feet high near the Love Canal neighborhood and into Western New York.According to the New York State Department of Health, Niagara County has …

People are being enslaved in the current economy“Report claims nearly 30 million in world are modern-day slaves” in the Oct. 17 News states: “In India, much of the traffic in enslaved domestic workers is organized by dubious employment agencies.”If you read the financial pages of The News, you will see that temp organizations are expanding exponentially. Companies are not …

Quinn is not portraying himself as someone elseI’m responding to the Oct. 19 News article wherein claims were made purporting that Hamburg Council candidate Mike Quinn is “attempting to confuse voters” into thinking he is a member of a prominent political family.While he may be confused as being a member of the highly regarded Jack Quinn family, he has never claimed to be …

Church split was predicted along social fault linesThe Oct. 19 News article concerning Augustana Lutheran Church reflects a phenomenon predicted by the Rev. Dr. Martin Marty some years ago. He said future divisions in the church would not be on the traditional issues such as those that affected the Roman/Orthodox/Reformation traditions. They would rather be splits in each …

Cut Afghan budget, not health care fundsOur government is open again, at least for a little while. In a few short months Congress will be at it again and it is likely that the rest of America will once again suffer while they play political games.Americans have spoken. Health care for Americans is evil and must go or government may shut down again. Seems to me more America…

Collins has proven himself to be a tea party loyalistCongressman Chris Collins followed the tea party agenda completely these last three weeks voting to shut down the government and was one of only two New York congressmen to vote no on the final budget bill, which, if not passed, would have put the country in default. That no vote on the final budget bill was the ultimate…

The press should not pay attention to killersThe tragedy that occurred in Winter Haven, Fla., is a sober reminder of the power children can wield with today’s social media. The need for two disturbed children to publicly bully a girl, Rebecca Ann Sedwick, to the point of suicide, then shamelessly broadcast their indifference illustrates that, for some, shock value trumps c…

CPS deserves support, and so do other programsMany of us in the Buffalo area are speaking out about what they see as the mishandling of Child Protective Services and what has been characterized as a hugely flawed system. I feel compelled to speak out in support of CPS. I also feel compelled to let the community know that there are alternatives to just calling CPS and hopin…

Higgins is a true leader who works hard for citizensAs my four plus years as an aide in Rep. Brian Higgins’ Washington, D.C., office comes to an end, I’ve been doing my share of reflecting. In short, I’m one lucky staffer. His humble leadership and extraordinary vision in a region long void of it far expands the normal confines of a member of Congress. He eats, drinks and …

‘Ghost’ deserves a better review than it was givenColin Dabkowski got this one wrong. Having just returned from Sheas, I was thoroughly impressed with the production of “Ghost,” as were most of the other patrons I spoke with. The singing, special effects, lighting and acting deserved higher praise. Perhaps Dabkowski deserves a half star for missing this one.Tina GambinoOrc…

Cruz showed he cares for no one but himselfTed Cruz would smile through a nuclear attack. He doesn’t care about the American people. He only cares about his agenda, which he pushes at all costs. He simply has no flexibility (nor will he ever), no common sense and no political acumen – essential ingredients of any politician. He brought the American people (and the world…