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Genetically modified foods should be tested by the FDAIt is gratifying to read that University at Buffalo professor Mark O’Brian believes that genetically modified foods should be labeled, noting that the fierce opposition to GMO labeling by Big Ag has only increased distrust on the part of the public. In this, he credits the public with more common sense than the American…

P.U.N.T. Foundation is doing incredible workThis past weekend, 25 families gathered in a beautiful Ellicottville facility for a “Remembrance Weekend” – all eager to celebrate and memorialize their precious children (toddlers to teens to twenty-somethings) who recently lost their battles with pediatric cancer.Tears of joy and countless tears of anguish were shed. Many heart…

Friday night hockey is a wonderful traditionLast fall, as September rolled around, something started that has happened since 1983 – men still trying to be boys played hockey on Friday night at Cazenovia Rink in South Buffalo. The group of originals is small, but many of the men have been coming for 10, 20 and even 25 years.The group has seen the high points of the birth an…

Hire more firefighters to help reduce overtimeThe intent of this letter is not to take issue with the recent resignation (firing) of Deputy Fire Commissioner Vincent Gugliuzza but to inform the public of the cause for the needed overtime within the Buffalo Fire Department.Why is there so much overtime? The suppression division, which is responsible for 99 percent of the ov…

By Liz EvansWho is going to stand up for Buffalo’s charter school students? That’s the question I found myself asking last week as I heard news of the paltry per-pupil aid increases (after three years of freezes) and the continuation of zero building aid to charter school students across New York State. The recently adopted budget amounts to a huge loss for Buffalo charter…

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority may not have gotten everything it wanted from the state budget, but it did win a significant increase in funding. For that, authority officials and the riding public are grateful.The newly adopted budget increases aid to the NFTA and all other upstate agencies by 2.97 percent. That is significantly more than the governor’s prop…

For Republicans, winning elections is apparently no longer good enough. Now, they want to steal them.In pivotal states that the party controls – the ones that have voted recently for Democratic presidential candidates – Republicans are setting about the seedy task of disenfranchising voters whose election choices they find disagreeable.What is most startling about this is …

Consider volunteering at American Red CrossAt any time, with or without warning, a catastrophic event or disaster may occur in this world. When this happens, people look to organizations to help them. One of those organizations is the American Red Cross.I am a volunteer for the American Red Cross. I am a member of a team that represents my community, Erie County, New York …

As a teacher, one of my very first teacher gifts was a poster-size wall hanging of the poem “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. After 25 years of teaching, it still hangs in my classroom and I often look at it for life lessons and motivation. Every once in a while, I think we all need simple reminders of the important things in life. Th…

Legalizing marijuana would be a big mistakeAfter 42 years of a law enforcement career, which included three years in the Buffalo Police Narcotics Squad, I have had the opportunity to witness society at its best and worst. Not much surprises me, not until the recent debate over the legalization of marijuana. Here we are some 50 years after the big smokeout, to wean the Amer…

State won’t be bullied by fracking lawsuitsCongratulations to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for taking steps to throw out the frivolous lawsuits posed by Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and Norse Energy, which claim that fracking has been “unnecessarily” delayed in the state. These lawsuits are wasting taxpayer money and show a huge disregard for the health and…

Kennedy merits praise for supporting womenI appreciate State Sen. Tim Kennedy’s willingness to look at the facts about the Women’s Equality Agenda and to support fully all 10 points. However, it seems that the facts don’t matter to those opposed to the agenda. Others should join me and not fall for smear campaigns and scapegoating tactics.Kennedy looked at the issues and u…

Sit-and-stare policy punishes studentsAs a parent of a 6-year-old, I strongly disagree with the sit-and-stare policy. Children who are not taking the test should have the option to go to another room to get work done for other classes or read a book. Making them sit there with nothing to do is cruel and absurd. The teachers and parents, and even the children who take these…