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West Seneca police officials are showing a brazen disregard for the law by insisting that their “procedures” trump state rules requiring public documents to be made public.This type of maneuvering around the public’s right to know is unacceptable and should be examined by town leaders.Some details have emerged about the two-car crash last month that claimed the life of Wes…

Court should uphold birth control coverageThe Supreme Court has decided to hear the concern of some for-profit businesses required to include birth control services as stipulated by Obamacare. These businesses are controlled by people of faith who believe its use is wrong and thus they should not be required to pay for it. Of course, their employees will continue to use it…

By Rita YeldaThe debate over whether to allow fracking in New York has been playing out for years, with more and more residents learning about the complex nature of the issue and the numerous impacts it would have on our state’s water, agriculture, environment and public health. Not surprisingly, the longer the debate has carried on, the more statewide opinion has shifted …

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It would be a shame if the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre had to shut down due to financial constraints, but there must be a balance between what should be publicly supported and what should be privately inspired.The Common Council has its collective heart in the right place by exploring adding $250,000 to the city’s 2014 capital budget for new digital projectors and exa…

Instilling healthy nutritional habits in children is vital in the ongoing struggle to deal with America’s obesity problem.This is why the recent News report by Joseph Popiolkowski on efforts by some schools to replace sugary snacks with healthy treats should be replicated around the region, the state and the country.It means Highland Elementary School’s 350 students no lon…

A true animal lover gives from his heartI am a member of the board of directors for the Niagara County SPCA and the shelter’s pro bono veterinarian, however, I am speaking for myself here and not on behalf of the board. I feel it is time that the public learn the real reason why the board changed the bylaws so that a vote for the board cost $1,000.We became aware of a plan…

Many families cut their own Christmas tree as a holiday tradition. Ours was no exception. Each year we anticipated the excitement of walking through the woods in search of the perfect tree. Oh, the fun we had singing carols all the way home.The year we married, my husband and I selected a tree that didn’t seem big in the “cut your own” lot. Once home, we realized getting i…

NY SAFE Act recognizes Second Amendment rightsA recent letter claimed that NY’s SAFE Act creates criminals out of law-abiding citizens. The rationale behind this theory alleges that the SAFE Act, by requiring responsible gun ownership, ensures that only criminals will be beyond the reach of gun safety laws. Of course, such is not the case. Responsible gun ownership laws cr…

Memorial aims to honor all heroes lost since 9/11Through the process of organizing, creating and raising funds for the Western New York Iraq Afghanistan Memorial, we have worked diligently to make sure that we have researched and documented the names of all of our fallen heroes. This includes every one of our neighbors, friends, brothers and sisters from the eight western …

HSBC building is a very fine designHas Buffalo forgotten already? The Marine Midland Center/HSBC Center (1969-’74) was designed by one of the most prestigious firms in America: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. What is notable also is that the lead designer in the New York office was Gordon Bunshaft, a Buffalo native, whose many famous buildings include the suave addition to t…

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For more than 12,000 years, the international Niagara River has flowed its 35 descending miles from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It’s ecological, cultural, historic and economic significance is world class.This river, the Great Lakes and the biodiversity that they mutually sustain are important to the whole earth’s ecological life-support system. This includes habitats suppo…

Elementary education should revise its goalsI have just finished reading yet another article concerning the new Common Core curriculum. Once again the stated goal appears.What is this goal that is causing so many problems for all involved? The goal is to better prepare students for college and careers. This sounds reasonable enough. However, people seem to be forgetting th…

GOP’s hatred of Obama is blocking all progressWe constantly hear how bad our economy is and, as usual, the blame falls on President Obama and his administration. Let’s go back to when Obama took office. We were coming off the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression. Instead of the Republicans stepping up to win some confidence from their staunch supporters, the…