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Crunch time is approaching for some of New York State’s most important contests of 2018. The big one is Andrew Cuomo’s effort to win a third term as governor, a major endeavor no matter how healthy his lead in the polls. For his Democrats, it’s no muss, no fuss as they move forward with Cuomo, Lt, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Sch…

By Judith Whitehead I have been working for the majority of my life starting as a teenager; my interest always leaned towards the social sciences and the health fields. For the most recent (35) years I have chosen the field of ophthalmology specifically as my calling. I have worn many hats throughout my working years, starting as a student, wife, mother, store owner and…

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“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial …” That’s the introduction to the 6th Amendment to the Constitution. It’s part of the Bill of Rights. Western New York is having trouble with it. Defendants are being deprived of a fundamental right and citizens are being put at risk. This shouldn’t be hard. The Constitut…

Majority of Americans favor some gun controlIf senators are against federal gun controls because they are “representing their constituents,” as Jerry Zremski stated in his article, they may be absurdly unaware of the actual feelings of their constituents. The 2015 study Zremski alludes to shows that only six states have gun ownership levels of over 50 percent.Even if gun o…

Many shoppers will miss mall if Eastern Hills is demolishedI am a senior citizen and have lived long enough to remember the days when one had to drive or take a bus downtown to do any real shopping on a long, cold and windy Main Street. And then came University Plaza – a string of stores bound together, cutting the length of those freezing walks. We all reveled in the glor…

Times have changed, and not for the betterThere are those of us out there who are old enough to remember the “pre” cellphone years. We remember coming home from school, eating dinner with our parents and then running outside to jump rope with our best friend. I remember neighbors sitting on porches shouting “hello” to each other from across the street. Everyone knew each o…

Ramirez’s editorial cartoon on guns told only half the truthI found it very interesting the points Michael Ramirez made in his Feb. 17 political cartoon about Sen. Ted Cruz. Unfortunately, he only encompassed half the truth. He failed to finish his work by not including the top portion that included the “leaves” on the trunk of Cruz’s body. He just included the roots. The …

Passionate fans don’t want to see NFL players get hurtA recent letter suggested that those who love to watch football and attend football games have some kind of inner bloodthirsty need for violence, and that watching football caters to this ill-advised passion. Well, as a lifelong devoted football fan, I must object to this characterization. And while I also enjoy watchin…

By Ron Gawel There is no love quite like the love that exists between that of a man and his cats. They are agreeable friends and perfect comrades---they ask no questions. They pass no criticisms. They love you no matter what. My wife Eileen and I have five cats, each unique, mysterious, humble, exotic and lovable which we thought nothing of initiating into our home at d…

By Wesley Carter The recent events concerning the activities of UB’s former Vice President, Dennis Black, reminds me of a TV series called “American Greed.” In this series, one learns of the men and woman who devise clever schemes to divest a gullible public of its hard-earned savings. Some depictions are quite tragic in that people were convinced by the most despicable…

What’s a cello without a cellist? If you’re a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, it’s not just a sound-of-one-hand-clapping kind of question – though, it surely is that, as well. But here’s one practical answer: It’s an incredibly pricey thing to take overseas and, in that sense, more valuable than its player. That’s what the BPO is dealing with as it prepares…

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One of the last and possibly most important ways to show veterans who honorably served this country respect is to give them a fitting final resting place. For far too long, such a place did not exist within range of Western New York. The omission was glaring for families who had to drive far out of their way to Bath, about 100 miles southeast of Buffalo. The other choic…

Having buffoon in power bodes badly for countryHere’s a man who for various reasons – none of them good – becomes president of his country. He has no qualifications for the job, but with mugging, antics and name-calling, he energizes his supporters, who appear to believe all of his improbable promises and lies.He has no fixed ideology or plans for governance aside from sel…

Conversion therapy is harmful, bound to failKudos to Sandra Tan for her important Feb. 16 News article, “A young man’s journey through gay conversion.” The ideas that homosexuality has a cause in a person’s psychological development, and that gay people can be “converted” to straight, are both long outdated and dangerously misguided. Ethnology, anthropology’s cross-cultura…