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Skip the lip service, take care of veteransThe recent article concerning Afghan war veterans and their multiple deployments to war zones is quite disturbing. Even more so when soldiers and Marines who are suffering from PTSD are shipped back to combat zones. The flimsy excuse that they are experienced, so they should be redeployed after seven or eight previous combat tours…

Some of life’s lessons are not learned in a timely fashion. This does not mean, however, that the recipient – or shall we say, the beneficiary – at some point in later life doesn’t think back and smile to himself at the thought of them.The year was 1960 and life was good on the West Side of Buffalo. In the shadow of City Hall, the church of St. Anthony of Padua and…

Higgins has succeeded where many have failedWhile I wasn’t contacted for the recent poll about elected officials, I agree 100 percent with the ratings for Congressman Brian Higgins because he has delivered truly phenomenal results for Western New York. He has succeeded where so many others have failed because he works hard and stays above the petty politics that have del…

Debate was sponsored by partisan organizationA supporter of Betty Jean Grant recently wrote a letter titled, “Candidates have a duty to participate in debates.” She criticized my wife, Joyce Nixon, for not participating in this sham of a debate. The debate was sponsored by a group called We Are Women Warriors – an organization that Grant, her opponent, founded.The co…

Every day produces its share of bad news, of course. That’s the nature of life. But we haven’t seen news this bad for many a year: This week, in a dismaying report, the Farmers’ Almanac predicted that Western New York is in for an especially long, especially cold winter.Yuck, particularly so after the last two mild winters.The 197-year-old publication, which bases it…

Consider new estimates and save St. Ann ChurchThe former parishioners of St. Ann Church are deeply saddened and disappointed at the mistaken decision by Bishop Richard Malone to demolish our beloved church. The bishop has indicated that it would cost the diocese between $8 million and $12 million to reconstruct the portions of the church that are structurally unsound. This…

Name-calling useless for solving problemsI am writing in regard to “Looking evil in the eye” by Susan Estrich. While we are all appalled at the outrageous killing of an Australian visitor to this country, calling other human beings beasts and talking of evil does nothing to help us get to the root of solving this heinous condition that we find in America.Bored, immoral…

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The cost of attending college has risen 250 percent in the past three decades. In response, students are taking on record amounts of debt to finance their educations. That debt load now totals nearly $1 trillion. Many students face decades of loan payments that will cripple their ability to climb the economic ladder.That inflation shows no signs of slowing down. Average tu…

By Jennifer DiagostinoLast week, President Obama toured upstate New York to talk about creating a “better bargain for the middle class.” His vision is that every American has a good job, a good education, affordable health care, a secure retirement and a chance at home ownership.He also acknowledges that the national economy has not been moving in the direction of this…

By Robert M. CiesielskiThe Sierra Club thanks President Obama for acknowledging the existence of climate change and that major fossil fuels are major contributors to the global climate disruption. The president spoke with the support of 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists who have been warning of human-created climate change for years.The president should also b…

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Western New Yorkers don’t have to look far to find reasons to support an environmental upgrade plan such as the one proposed last week by State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo.On Wednesday, The Buffalo News reported that the cost of repairing Niagara Falls’ damaged sewage treatment plant is blowing past last month’s estimate of $2 million. The plant was damaged in J…

Kane’s visit with Cup was poorly organizedMy son and I had very high spirits when we arrived at the West Seneca ice rink 1½ hours earlier than the scheduled 1 p.m. Patrick Kane visit this past Saturday. We had about 50 people in front of us in the line, and figured our chances of meeting the superstar were very good. The line stayed very orderly at first. Unfortunately,…

Parents must set example if we are to stop bullyingIt’s been a while since we discussed bullying in schools. I hate to break it to everybody, but schools will never be able to stop bullying. The only way to stop bullying is for parents to teach their children basic manners, respect and kindness, which frankly a lot of parents aren’t doing. Too many adults are bullies t…

Coal plays a vital role in nation’s energy mixAs President Obama seeks answers toward building up middle-class jobs, an area of concern for New York is the loss of 15,800 manufacturing jobs in the past year. Coal can provide solutions, but we need the president’s support. Affordable and secure energy is one clear competitive advantage American manufacturing enjoys, acc…