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Stopping hotel project will only halt progressHere we go again. Another group protesting progress in this area. The reason would be to once again hold onto the past and to deter businesses and visitors from wanting to pump in much-needed money for our area. Really?The one protester in the July 17 story “Amherst residents get a win as judge halts work on Hyatt Place” is hol…

Congress should ensure jobs do not go overseasMore bad news regarding the American economy: Detroit declares bankruptcy. In addition, what have we experienced all over America: Schools closing, churches closing and merging, population declines, businesses closing left and right, the ability to save money being negatively impacted, unemployment continuing at record levels a…

Write about humane trapping of wildlifeWhen I read The News article about woodchucks, I shuddered. I learned Buffalo’s trappers “euthanize in accordance to Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.” While many wildlife experts have declared drowning to be cruel, DEC spokesmen have expressed the opposite. For example, when asked by a reporter about Amherst beave…

State needs to invest in solar and wind energyChautauqua County and Dunkirk residents have benefited from the tax revenues received from the operation of the Dunkirk Power Station since the 1960s, and now the Public Service Commission must decide to either close it or convert it from coal to gas.At a PSC hearing in Dunkirk last week, angry officials and residents complaine…

Cuomo should focus efforts on inept political systemThe News reports how Gov. Andrew Cuomo has formed a Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Recent incidents illustrate the main problem is corruption involving state politicians.In America’s political system these individuals are private contractors representing their political parties. Their responsibility is to di…

Rolling Stone cover shows true reflection of terrorismThe recent Rolling Stone magazine cover that shows Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looking like he could be in a boy band has caused a lot of people to criticize Rolling Stone for putting him on the cover in the first place and for making him look so glamorous and innocent.What most people do not grasp is this …

Trayvon Martin could have done things differently, tooIn answer to the July 17 letter about “Zimmerman’s poor choice,” Zimmerman had a reason to be where he was and a reason to ask Trayvon why he was there. All Trayvon had to do was say “My name is Trayvon Martin, I’m here because…” It seems simple enough. It’s what I would have done. I would have understood why he asked, …

‘Stand your ground’ argument ignores the important pointIn response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal, many, including Eric Holder and The News’ editorial board, are calling for a prompt review of “stand your ground” laws. These statutes allow for the use of force when a person feels under threat but carry little, if any, obligation to attempt to avoid conflict. This reactio…

Zimmerman brother offers little hopeI was listening to an NPR Sunday morning interview of Robert Zimmerman Jr. on his brother’s (George Zimmerman) rough road ahead. Robert Zimmerman Jr. said it will be difficult and he was worried that “someone might want to take the law into their own hands.” Really? Insensitivity like this gives me little hope that our intolerant nation …

Rampant government growth is destroying our freedomPresident Obama has stated the goal of fundamentally transforming the country. Liberals are forcing their agenda on this nation, bit by bit. The so-called wealthy pay significantly more in income tax and the bottom half of income earners pay no income tax. Almost 30 percent of people are on food stamps and other welfare …

Offensive Carlson cartoon mocks traditional marriageThe cartoon by Stuart Carlson of the Universal Press Syndicate on the op-ed page of the Buffalo News July 8 was in my opinion offensive, disgusting and very disturbing. The cartoon showed an older disheveled married couple remarking to each other how the luster and sanctity of their marriage was fading because of the fall…

Shooting at home should spur outrageWe are being inundated with sights and sounds of the public’s reactions to the Zimmerman verdict morning, afternoon and evening. Where is the local reaction, marches and picket signs expressing the outrage at the murder of one of our own, Kelmyne Jones Jr., by another one of our own? And what will be the outcome if adults knew of the il…

King’s aim is way off in offering a better choiceState Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.’s announcement about possibly closing Lafayette and East high schools and the denial of federal improvement funds is absurd.It’s apparent that King disregarded the distinct problems the schools have in his scathing assessment. For example, 200 additional students came to Lafayett…

John Hopkins deserves a chance to prove itselfJohns Hopkins University has a turnaround model that has proven successful nationwide. Regarding the staff and leadership at East and Lafayette high schools, the administrator from Hopkins states “those schools have been tremendous partners to work with” and that central administration is also working cooperatively with Hopkins…

Blame the state, Rumore for lack of music programsIn a July 15 opinion, the letter writer in a paroxysm of hyperbole, viewed “with horror” “the decimation, or even annihilation planned for art and music in the Buffalo schools.” Fretting further that we are akin to donkeys trudging endlessly around an “Arab” well tethered in some curious way to “corporate masters” and elect…