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Entering college in 1954, Amherst “men” were a “mid-summer” generation. We were suspended between the values of the 19th and the 21st century.Having grown up in the concrete canyons of Manhattan, I felt the presence of the 19th century on the Amherst campus through its architecture, landscaping and view of the Holyoke Range.There were first the edifices of the Emer…

Nation is in decline because of liberalsLiberalism’s “fundamental change” is negatively impacting traditional America.To fulfill its promise of social and economic justice, liberalism must transfer power from the people to government. By selling the concept of redistribution of wealth as “fairness,” social programs are created and expanded to capture new classes …

Why must restaurants be uncomfortably cold?One of the things retired seniors usually have more of is free time. With it comes the desire to make this freedom enjoyable. Eating out, as we call our restaurant visits, is one of these pleasures. It frees us from having to prepare our own food and often brings us together with friends or family. In the warmer summer months, how…

Great Lakes initiative is critically importantThe congressional members of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee can learn a lesson from communities across the Great Lakes on what effective implementation of bipartisan legislation truly means. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a catalyst for simultaneously restoring ecological health and econo…

Cities now feeling effects of terrible busing policyI have heard several comments in the media recently regarding the failure of the Buffalo Public Schools. I have also heard comments that the Buffalo inner city and cities throughout the country, such as Detroit, have been abandoned by the middle and upper middle class flight to the suburbs, leaving mostly the poor and wor…

Talk about missing the point, or shooting the messenger or however you want to put it, the outrage being directed at State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. is sorely misplaced.King’s spokesman had it right when he said the other day that the loud complaints by teachers and politicians at King’s unprecedented mandate regarding Lafayette and East high schools is …

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The FBI, law enforcement agencies across the country and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children deserve high praise for rescuing 105 young people forced into prostitution. The three-day sweep in 76 cities across 47 FBI divisions nationwide resulted in the arrest of 159 alleged pimps.It was the seventh such sweep in a decade, and emphasizes the need for Cong…

By Jerry HaceThere have been few constants in Western New York since 1876. However, the Gooding Co. has been in Lockport since our country’s centennial, proudly printing quality paper products used across various industries. In fact, we are the oldest continuously operating printing business in our community and Niagara County.For the last 13 years, our strongest busines…

“Bad Fortune!” The headline practically shouted at me from the tiny scroll. I handed the paper to Kay. “Well, that figures,” I said glumly. The English letters swam in front of my eyes, as indecipherable as the Japanese characters on the scroll’s flip side.I was reeling from jet lag and marathon sightseeing in Tokyo. This was my first foray into the wider world a…

Local representatives betrayed constituentsPerhaps real journalism is not dead in the mainstream media. I was delighted to finally see a thoughtful piece on the substance of the NSA spying story on the front page of the July 26 News (“Western New York reps support NSA phone data sweep”). I would much rather read this than more of the distracting drama over the whereabo…

Jurors shouldn’t profit from their public dutyJust as criminals can’t profit from their crime, I truly believe no juror should be allowed to do so.Given the atmosphere of today’s profit-driven society, it is not impossible to believe a juror could intentionally vote a certain way to steer an outcome. It’s a nice thought to believe that no one would do such a thing,…

When will people realize we’re all in this together?Donn Esmonde’s timely July 27 comments on Buffalo schools, along with those of Bruce Fisher in Artvoice and Paul Krugman in the New York Times, approach our large cities’ decline from different directions. However, they all come to the same conclusion. Esmonde points out the obvious; poor children who are exposed to…

Insurance companies must do their part, tooI read with interest the Another Voice by Michael Cropp, CEO of Independent Health, which encouraged us to take an active role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While I wholeheartedly agree with this approach to heathy living, I also recognize that, for some, the assistance of doctors and medication is necessary to maintain good…