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Disgraceful behavior cannot go unpunishedTalk about horrors. I was horrified to read the article on the plight of the Binder family. The young men and women who attended the party came from some of the most elite schools in Western New York, yet their behavior was the equivalent of animals. What have these children been taught?I don’t blame the schools, because my children…

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Fifty years ago, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry announced the bombshell conclusions of a new report to a crowded room of journalists: Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, is associated with other deadly illnesses and warrants remedial action.That January 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking and health spurred profound and lasting changes in tobacco use and policies…

Cuomo should worry about fate of his soulGov. Andrew Cuomo believes that there is no place in New York State politics for any person who takes a position to protect the life of an unborn child. In political terms, these people are considered to be way too far right for his sanctimonious rule. Cuomo also believes that there are certain Republicans who are searching their mo…

With the Olympics just days away, Sochi is at the forefront of the news. As we are inundated with visions of downhill skiers and figure skaters, I started to think about Buffalo-specific events that we would all be gold medalists in. May the Buffalolympics commence!The games could begin by the lighting of the flame. No need for fancy, fire-induced torches here. This would …

Mothers have a duty to protect childrenAfter reading multiple articles on the beatings and deaths of Mayouna Smith, Eain Brooks and Abdifatah Mohamud, it is getting downright disgusting that the legal/social systems offer nothing in the way of punishing the mothers.The legal system and politicians blame Child Protective Services but do nothing to cut the welfare, food stam…

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The East Rutherford Seahawks? It’s got a weird ring to it, but there’s a chance that Mother Nature will give the Seahawks a slight home-field kicking advantage in the Super Bowl today at MetLife Stadium.The cities of East Rutherford, N.J., and Seattle are both approximately at sea level, while the Denver Broncos’ field rises a mile into the sky, where atmospheric pressure …

Teens who trashed house must be held accountableCould someone please tell me what I am missing here. I just reread the story about the Binders, who entrusted a friend of their daughter’s to cat sit while they were away. They came home to a trashed and smelly house because the teen cat sitter had allowed a huge party to take place. Not only was the house trashed, but items …

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I, like many people, talk to animals. Anyone who owns a pet – whether it is a dog, cat, bird, gerbil or lizard – and does not talk to it is most unusual.But what is really unusual is that, in two cases, the animal has talked back. The first time this happened was 17 years ago. I don’t know why I was thinking about that episode, but I was as I walked into our snow-covered b…

Fatal hit-and-run is eerily familiarSo, as it is shown, our lawmakers have dropped the ball again. Didn’t they learn anything from what Dr. James Corasanti did to Alix Rice? The recent hit-and-run in the Town of Evans just shows what the Corasanti verdict produced: If you hit someone with your vehicle, drive away, hide, get your story straight and hire a high-priced attorn…

By Jerry BartoneThe article “It’s Time to Rethink Insurance” by senior fellows at the Hoover Institute makes many valid points, but fails to address the big picture.A hip replacement in the United States costs around $130,000, while the same procedure costs around $30,000 in other developed countries. We have the highest health care costs in the world because the U.S. heal…

On Jan. 19, police in Texas arrested two drivers carrying 96 fake credit cards, which authorities initially suspected were manufactured using numbers stolen in the massive Target credit card breach. On the same day, South Korean authorities announced “the theft of personal information from more than 100 million South Korean credit cards and accounts.” As data heists become…

Illegals should not be granted amnestyIt is my opinion that neither the media nor the federal government has satisfactorily explained to the public at large why illegal aliens deserve to be granted amnesty and why the same public at large should be forced to pay for benefits that go with it. I’m suspicious that there may not be a good enough reason to foist this on U.S. ci…

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Frank Grant led the Buffalo club in batting, but the other players refused to sit with him for the team photograph because of the color of his skin. In the spring of 1887, the Bisons played a series of exhibition games in Baltimore, Washington, Boston and Pittsburgh. Grant was a first-class player. Sportswriters described him as “quick as a cat in the field and throwing li…

He can still dunk like a butterfly, but in the personally tragic case of former basketball pro Dennis Rodman in North Korea, the embrace of Kim Jong Un and his policies stings like a bee. Rodman is only the most recent example of sports diplomacy gone awry. And with the Sochi Olympics just days away, it is inevitable that a new cadre of unpredictable athlete diplomats will…

Parents need to step up, make amends to familyAs a City Honors parent, I am both saddened and distressed regarding the recent Parkside Avenue party and vandalism. Do parenting and controls still exist? Is protectionism and entitlement something we want to teach our children?Each and every parent, whether City Honors or not, is a reflection of how our children have been rai…