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Why should we care what Cheney thinks?I am astounded. On June 16, Fox News asked Dick Cheney his opinion on whether or not Edward Snowden is a traitor. I’m not surprised at his opinion; I’m surprised anyone cares to ask.Remember, Cheney’s the guy who told the American people it was then certain that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. On “Meet the Press…

Burgard principal has a heart of goldCheers to Burgard High School Principal Brian Wiesinger! I just finished reading the article in the June 21 paper about the remarkable act of kindness he bestowed on one of his students. He re-enacted the ceremony for a graduate who arrived late.After reading the negative reports about how bad the Buffalo School District is, this was li…

Church must speak against immoralityIn response to the letter, “Church should join the 21st century,” it is the church’s mission to teach. It is the obligation of bishops, priests, religious and laity to teach and speak out against immorality.“We are already awash in abused and hungry children. Where is the sanity and compassion?” asks the writer, apparently unco…

Airport has been around longer than most residentsAs I have been reading the articles about the Buffalo Lancaster Airport, it brings back great memories of my childhood. Back in the early ’70s, when I was a little girl, I used to call my grandfather up to ask if he could take us on an airplane ride with my siblings. He never refused, of course, unless the weather was bad…

Cuomo must sign bill to deter puppy millsImagine if your beloved family dog were forced to spend its entire life in a tiny, cramped, wire-floored cage, stacked on top of one another, often outdoors, with no protection from the elements, sick, in pain and suffering but never receiving veterinary care or compassion.This is the reality for tens of thousands of dogs housed in …

Offensive musical degrades Christians in the name of artI was lucky enough to get a ticket to see the much-acclaimed musical, “The Book of Mormon.” The music and choreography were wonderful, but that was all that was wonderful. As a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, I thought I had witnessed many things, but this absolutely took me by surprise. I was shocked a…

‘Lever machines’ infringe on rights of disabled votersAfter 35 years of having another person in the voting booth with me, I again experienced the thrill of voting independently and privately because of the automatic marking voting machines instituted in recent years. However, due to the lesser importance placed upon school board budget votes, I am once again thrown in…

Cuomo’s plan shifts burden to taxpayersI applaud Maureen Harding for her Another Voice in the June 19 News. The expenses of a local town, village, city or county don’t simply “go away” when the governor decides to give tax relief to a few. The costs are simply spread across a fewer number of taxpayers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is merely shifting a greater responsibility t…

Supervisor has no authority to stop hotel developmentIn response to a letter printed in the June 5 News, I must correct an often-repeated complaint directed toward myself and the Amherst Town Board from anti-development residents.As town supervisor, I have no authority to stop the development of the Iskalo Hyatt Hotel. The Town Board does not have any opportunity to vote o…

Real criminals rigged game against ManningLook in the mirror at what we have become. Are we like the Nazis in Germany in 1942? Are we like the Soviets in 1950? Pfc. Bradley Manning reported war crimes, which clearly indicated U.S. criminality, according to three articles of the Geneva Conventions.According to Nuremberg principles laid down by the United States, Manning was…

Truth does not change with passage of timeI would like to respond to the June 16 letter, “Church should join the 21st century.” The tone of the letter was very insulting and offensive to all Catholics.The laws of nature are binding to everyone and they are defined in the 10 Commandments. The fifth commandment is “Thou shall not kill.” Destroying the child in the wo…

Parents need to make education a priorityThis is in response to Donn Esmonde’s June 16 commentary about socioeconomic effects on education. He chose to emphasize the economic.By far the most important factor in how well a student will do in school is how much his or her parents value education. Any other factor is a distant second.Money cannot make up for parents who do …

Women’s Bar promotes equal justice for everyoneThe Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s Western New York Chapter (WBASNY WNY) is pleased to explain the process by which it participates in promoting the fair and equal administration of justice by rating judicial candidates running for local judgeships. Each election cycle, WBASNY WNY is approached by bot…

Don’t hijack funds for Buffalo bike pathAfter recent meetings with the city and Mayor Byron Brown, we (the original Rails to Trails Committee) were informed of a change to the original agreed-upon Watts Engineering Plan.We opted for a straight path down from Kenmore to Main and LaSalle Station Park and Ride. The city wants, instead of creating a bike path in the already …

Cuomo’s financial board will hurt municipalitiesThe governor’s plan to construct a Financial Restructuring Board (while apparently retaining majority control of appointments to that board) after the state has crippled necessary local funding in its Aid and Incentive for Municipalities (AIM) Program shall have very dire consequences upon municipalities in Western New Yo…