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Democrats, not GOP, are hostile to womenThe Democratic strategists who claimed that there was a Republican “war on women” obviously were unaware of their blatant hypocrisy because it seems the real war has been waged primarily by Democrats. Anthony Weiner and former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are only the latest in a long line of Democrats who have been an absolute disgrac…

Clinton’s true character revealed in 2008 raceThe story in The News about the Clintons rebuilding their black political base was woefully incomplete. It included the fact that some African-Americans were upset that Bill Clinton did not take Barack Obama’s first presidential bid very seriously. However, many blacks did not take it seriously either. That is why most black vo…

New York must act to protect wildlifeThe New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has taken a big step in the right direction by issuing an emergency rule that prohibits the import of live cervids (deer and elk) into our state. Trucking these animals from states all over the country into New York greatly increases the chance of spreading disease to our own nati…

Local food pantries need donations, tooWe read with interest the recent News article titled, “Collecting food for the hungry becomes big business in WNY.” The article referred to the Food Bank of Western New York and other major food pantries, but to complete the picture it needs to be noted that there are other local food pantries that operate independently of the Food Ba…

Hamburg schools setting bad example for studentsI have never been so disappointed to see one of my favorite teachers from high school caught up in such a disgusting waste of time and resources. Martha Kavanaugh taught me my senior year of high school for Participation in Government. She taught me to always stand up for what I believe in and treat others with respect. What …

InBloom data collection raises serious red flagsI read The News article about New York State supporting inBloom data storage company with much interest, and much concern. The State Education Department is going to require school districts to send students’ information to inBloom sometime after Jan. 1. The data that inBloom collects includes personal information such as nam…

Cards should reflect meaning of ChristmasEven though sending Christmas cards has become costly in recent years, this is the time of the year when we try to keep in touch with old friends, neighbors and perhaps relatives who have moved away. Unfortunately, it seems the people who design the cards have completely lost touch of the true meaning of Christmas – the reason we ev…

Replace Gates Circle with safer roundaboutA recent letter writer only hit the outer ring of the bull’s-eye on his call to bring better pedestrian crossings to the area around Gates Circle. Traffic circles are obsolete and dangerous relics from a distant age of traffic engineering. The intersection should be updated to a modern roundabout, hailed as a safer alternative to b…

Buffalo’s green future is a grass-roots effortThe Nov. 22 News headline, “City’s future looks very green,” is a dream come true. Ever since former Common Council President James Pitts launched the Green Gold Development Corp. in 1997, there has been a solid core of local folks working to build the renewable energy sector as a source of green jobs and truly sustainable deve…

Time to oust extremists and find middle groundHow sad. How very sad. The Grand Old Party is on life support. In my mind’s eye, I can see the icons of past glories of the Republican Party. If one looks closely, you can see tears in their eyes. While not a fan of the conservative view, I can and do respect the great contributions these legislators have made for the bettermen…

Government benefits the rich and powerfulI am writing in response to the provocative question with which Drew Gilpin Faust ends her Nov. 24 Viewpoints article on Abraham Lincoln’s ideals. “But is it not now altogether fitting and proper that we heed Lincoln’s exhortation and rededicate ourselves to honoring those dead by ensuring that government of the people, by the peopl…

Medina Marching Band did an outstanding jobThanks to The News for the Thanksgiving Day article about the New York State Field Band Competition, which celebrated its 40th year of high school marching band competition this year. Hundreds of Western New York students participate in this activity every year, supported by as many teachers, parents and volunteers.The article fai…

Buffalo cannot allow Market Arcade to closeRestraint was applied to these comments – regarding the potential for the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre in Buffalo to close – so they are appropriate for general audiences.Ownership is joined to responsibility! The city owns the complex. It’s an essential, complementary element of the Theater District, and for the developing vi…

Ramirez’s cartoon stoops to a new lowMichael Ramirez’s caricature on Thanksgiving of a Pilgrim thankful he doesn’t have the Affordable Care Act, pejoratively called “Obamacare,” (I have “Johnsoncare” myself) reached a new low in his usual vitriol. Never mind that 50 percent of Pilgrims died the first winter. Does he infer that death is preferable to health insurance? The p…

State must carefully craft mental health care planIt made the news recently when Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed numerous times by his 24-year-old son, Gus, who then killed himself. Less than 24 hours before the family tragedy occurred, Gus had been turned away from a hospital in Virginia because there were no psychiatric beds available. Sadly, what happened t…