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Here’s what Barbara Seals Nevergold and the rest of the Buffalo School Board majority managed to do on Wednesday, and it was a significant accomplishment: They made Carl Paladino look like a moderate. And they showed themselves to be unserious about the problems facing the district and its afflicted students.Paladino and fellow freshman board member James Sampson were deni…

Nutritious food costs more than junk foodFirst lady Michelle Obama’s condemnation of fast food forgets one point – namely, many people cannot afford the cost of nutritious food. Stephen Dubner, co-author of “Freakonomics,” investigated the double cheeseburger at McDonald’s and discovered that it delivers more calories per dollar than most of the competition.It has been rep…

Barcelona is a friendly little summer colony on the Lake Erie shore 20 miles upwind from Dunkirk’s polluting, coal-burning power plant. Barcelona has sunsets, a light house, sailboats, a smoked-fish store and joints where you’d expect to meet Popeye. We have a summer place nearby. Talk around town has been excited about the Dunkirk economy being rescued by the power plant …

Cuomo assails sheriffs, gives Holder a free passI could not help but burst out laughing only to dribble my morning coffee while reading that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently stated that sheriffs need to enforce the NY SAFE Act.Cuomo told reporters in Essex County: “It’s not really up to law enforcement to pick and choose what laws they like and what laws they don’t like. Their j…

Group aims to reduce infant mortality ratesI am the CEO of Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, a not-for-profit organization driven to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies. I am writing to ensure that the community is aware of the issue of infant mortality rates. September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month.Infant mortality is the number of infan…

Board needs to address Amherst’s rat problemThe Amherst Town Board, and especially Supervisor Barry Weinstein, praise the addition of the “not aesthetically pleasing” new hotel in the village. They say it’s good for business.I’m curious how they feel about the ongoing rat infestation problem in Amherst. Are the rats also good for business and property values?The town gave …

Will America be punished for 55 million abortions?I am appalled with all the brutality and killings in the Middle East, Rwanda, Sudan and now Syria. Thousands have died, and now it is proposed that we go to Syria to punish the perpetrators. How hypocritical can we get?What about the 55 million preborn people in this country who have been burned and dismembered in this coun…

Don’t ridicule women for traditional clothingAfter reading the Sept. 4 News article, “Hamburg Walmart manager fired over anti-Muslim posting,” I felt so sad for those Muslim women. I shop at the Hamburg Walmart, and I see Muslim women in traditional garb, as well African-American and Asian people. I am Caucasian and I do not know what it is like to be ridiculed for my race…

It used to be the comment “close enough for government work” was intended as a compliment: that standards and performance were so high – or at least thought to be – that they were examples to follow.How things have changed. Now, standards are so low that government executives are rewarded for falling short. That’s how it is in the Veterans Health Administration, anyway.The…

By Kent GardnerSeparated by water and a line on a map, Canada’s Golden Horseshoe Region, powered by Toronto, prospers while upstate New York, dominated by Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, barely holds its own. How can neighboring regions in different countries share so much but fare so differently?Two policy differences stand out: immigration and business taxes.Since 1996 …

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President Obama’s 16-minute speech Tuesday on the explosive problem of Syria’s chemical weapons offered a smart way to deal with the problem presented by Bashar Assad. The question now is how it will play out.Obama’s speech reminded the public of the awful images of children writhing on the floors of hospitals in pain from the effects of the Aug. 21 chemical attack in a Da…

It’s said that we should never stop learning, even as we age, but as someone with a progressive and chronic disease, I’m learning that some lessons are less fun than others. Before you turn the page to avoid another’s sob story, be advised that I consider myself a lucky man, and that you, dear reader, are one reason why.My condition is such that I can, with the loving supp…

By Gayla ThompsonGov. Andrew M. Cuomo shocked parents, students and educators when he recently called for a “death penalty” for low-performing schools. His language was disturbing and inappropriate. We agree with the governor that urgent action to improve these schools is needed. However, the wrong steps will make things worse, not better.What Cuomo proposed as a “death pe…

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Twelve years later, the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks continues to shake the nation and the world. It’s less today about terror – about the looming fear of another devastating attack, though that remains a possibility – as it is about political and social upheaval that could send the United States into a war in Syria.Those events are connected. The deaths at the World …