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Tea party determined to bring nation downLike the nullifiers of the South in the first 75 years of our history, Republicans today, led by the radical tea party, seem to think that laws mean nothing if they don’t agree with them. The same people who think that we can force democracy on the rest of the world don’t seem to understand that we won’t necessarily like the outcome…

Weather and water permitting, I will periodically embark on a kayak workout that entails a hard paddle to an island and a leisurely float back wherein I troll with a spinner bait along the weed line.I will usually catch a rock bass that will run to the weeds and get tangled so that I imagine a much larger fish than I really have, only to be disappointed when I finally get …

By Nekia Kemp, Kim Luce and Nora Niedzielski-EichnerThe major investment in after-school programs by Buffalo Public Schools, the Wallace Foundation and Say Yes to Education is an exciting next step in Buffalo’s efforts to improve student outcomes. Research shows that high-quality after-school programs and coordinated support services improve learning and increase graduatio…

Parents and students in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will soon have to choose from an uncomfortable set of options as the district tries to cope with decades of plummeting enrollment. Many will be inconvenienced, but the district has no choice but to move forward.In the latest scenario, one of the district’s two high schools would have grades 10 through 12…

Motorcycles should have a headlight modulatorI am a retired lawyer/judge and have been riding motorcycles for almost 50 years. I have never found anything as relaxing as getting out on the bike, but early on, I learned three very important lessons: You can’t fix stupid, so speed and alcohol will always kill some bikers; watch out for the left-turning driver; and beware th…

Depending on our circumstances, some of us on this earth want to stop time, some of us want to speed it up and some of us want to slow it down. We have no control over it, but perhaps we have some control over what we do with our time.I just finished Mitch Albom’s book “The Time Keeper” and I couldn’t help but reflect on this concept we call “time” and what it might mean f…

Reports of my death greatly exaggeratedWith all due respect to the Rev. Paul Seil, a fine priest whose My View article was published in The News Oct. 2, I wish to take exception on two points.He referred to me as “the late political reporter for The News” and inferred I had something to do with his defeat in his 1983 campaign for a seat on the Buffalo Board of Education be…

Paladino’s clarion call is entirely appropriateGary Earl Ross, professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center, in opining that our school problems are community problems, listed individual entities that would not by themselves be able to correct the situation. The first such entity on his list was “bombastic board member Carl Paladino.” My d…

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The critical parts of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, are rolling out and, as its namesake president noted on Tuesday, the law is here to stay. Whatever its defects – and there are plenty – New Yorkers should not hesitate to put it to work.The 2010 law has been in play almost since it was passed. Several provisions are already in effect, including one allowing c…

Teacher deserves praise for an outstanding jobThe Sept. 22 News story about the Houghton Academy Math team winning the Buffalo City Schools Middle School Math League trophy was an outstanding piece of journalism. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of everyone in this area.I am bothered, however, by the fact that I seem to be the only person motivated to write a l…

City Honors coach taught life lessonsI’m writing in support of Deborah Matos after hearing about her suspension. I played under Coach at City Honors between 1999 and 2002, volleyball and softball, and I feel incensed and offended and want to voice my experiences with Coach in the time that I have known her.I was not an athlete when I met Coach. I tried out for softball and…

The reconfigured Buffalo Board of Education, with Carl Paladino’s election to the Park District, strikes a personal chord with me. Whether that chord is sweet music or a sour note I continue to evaluate 30 years after my attempt to get elected to that seat.In 1983, I was a civil servant working for the Department of Human Resources for the City of Buffalo. In the autumn of…

By David BlankenhornShould we change our State Constitution so that politicians can spread commercial casinos across New York? The answer is “No,” and here are the top five reasons why. • Casinos produce nothing of value. Car companies make cars. Doughnut shops make doughnuts. The only thing that happens in a casino is that people lose their money. As former governor Mario…

Protect those who help at scene of emergencyImagine a New Yorker rushing into an emergency. Sadly, this is something too many of us can relate to – courageous souls using their skills to save and protect lives. Now imagine these individuals being sued for the help – forced to spend money and time being questioned and harangued for wanting to help their community. This is n…

Bravo to Bills, BPO for huddling togetherProfessional football and symphonic music may, at first, seem diametrically opposed, but they worked together in harmony on Sunday, when our Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Buffalo Bills and their fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium.The growing partnership between our gladiators and our musicians…