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Let’s get to work on St. Ann ChurchRecent letters regarding St. Ann Catholic Church, and its possible demolition, have expressed various viewpoints. One stated that European churches are maintained and preserved as national treasures. Another stated that a large, ornate building is not needed to contact God. These views differ, but are not necessarily diametric opposites.I…

Inept federal lawmakers don’t deserve to be paidWell, for once Chris Collins isn’t thinking about himself. The bill he introduced, putting congressional pay into escrow until Congress passes a funding bill, makes perfect sense. Even though he and the other federal lawmakers don’t need the paycheck, it still sends a message to the inept politicians in Washington. Because th…

Inspiring story should have been on front pageI love The News but sometimes take exception to the lead story on the front page. I was very disturbed to read the Sept. 19 story, “3 Accuse Buffalo Scout leader of abuse.” This alleged incident took place in 1967 and the alleged perpetrator is now deceased. I see no reason to present this disturbing story at this stage of an i…

Research participants are not ‘guinea pigs’The Sept. 16 “Discount Diva” column suggested that readers participate in clinical research studies to earn money – “like winning the lottery” for “being a guinea pig.”It’s important to understand that there are many types of clinical research studies. These are a class of studies that evaluate human behavior, dietary practices or…

Higgins helped return waterfront to the peopleThe gentleman who suggested that the waterfront park be named for Rep. Brian Higgins is absolutely correct. Many are taking credit for the renaissance of the Buffalo waterfront, but it was Higgins who negotiated with the Power Authority to return money earned in the Buffalo Niagara region to that region with the specification t…

Mass transit is essential for Niagara Falls tourismIn the Sept. 22 edition of The News, two items appeared relating to tourism in Niagara Falls. One was a letter in which the writer bemoaned tourists who said that there was nothing to do in the Falls and what was there was too far away, and the other was an Another Voice by Howard Zemsky noting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has d…

Buffalo should remain prominent in UB logoAlthough University at Buffalo Athletic Director Danny White, as a native of New Orleans, may have an “identity crisis” about the name of our local state university, I suffer from no such crisis.I was born in Buffalo, went to Buffalo elementary and secondary schools, attended the University of Buffalo and also taught at UB as an ad…

Ford wisely realized he had to share wealthAlongside freedom, one of the greatest privileges of living in the United States is the opportunity to parlay hard work into wealth. We still remain the land of opportunity even in challenging times. But once wealth is accumulated, it is incumbent on individual conscience, as well as government policies, what that wealth continues…

Last thing U.S. needs is Clinton in White HouseGood grief, can’t we do better than to re-enlist this “team”? Was it not so that on nearly all matters, Bill and Hillary Clinton were collaborative? And still are? Did it not include the suspiciously timed, wag-the-doggish bombings of Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan, killing and maiming innocents and thus fomenting some of the h…

Woman accused of stealing should be fully prosecutedFalsely soliciting funds for one’s own financial gain is a crime.The former treasurer of the Depew Saints Hockey Club has been portrayed by people who knew her as a nice person. Does a nice person steal money earmarked for a youth hockey organization?Her husband stated that she has a disease. Compulsive gambling may be a …

Adding a PR position won’t help city schoolsAll I can say is, holy cow! Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not a resident of the City of Buffalo. Henceforth, I don’t pay school taxes in the city. But I firmly believe that what happens in Buffalo impacts everyone in the metro area to some extent. Having thusly justified this rant, I’ll continue.I am no expert in …

Investing in our nation would save lives, forestsWhile watching a recent TV show, I was shocked to find out about the lack of federal funds provided to our brave firefighters who risk their lives to help save our nation’s forests. Specifically, the discussion centered around the terrible tragedy that recently took the lives of 19 firefighters. A call was made for backup ai…

It is not too late to save beautiful St. Ann ChurchFor a century, there was growth, prosperity and prominence. In 1958, urban centers lost status to nearby suburbs. St. Ann Church, a center of education and faith practice, was not spared. In 2006, the founding Jesuits no longer staffed it, the wonderful Sisters of Saint Francis moved on and Mass attendance counted 20. Ther…

We must act again to protect Lake ErieA Sept. 15 front-page News article reported that Lake Erie has a growing “dead zone.” Four decades ago, Erie County led the United States in cleanup and reduction of the fertilization of lakes and waterways. A small group of women succeeded in persuading Erie County legislators to take a bold stand and ban phosphates in laundry deterge…

Sixth-graders do not belong in middle schoolAfter years of fiscal mismanagement, last spring West Seneca’s Board of Education came up with a quick-fix plan to save money by sending 10- and 11-year-old sixth-graders to middle school. The plan was hastily thrown together in a few months’ time without much thought and little concern about the children involved. Right now the …