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By Elizabeth Giles As unveiled earlier this week, the DOT's plans for rebuilding Buffalo's downtown Amtrak station pay only lip service to the widely stated goal of providing seamless connectivity between modes of transportation. It's not true that the proposed Exchange Street station is "directly connected" to the Metro Rail. It is actually a substantial walk, much of …

Editorials

Countless kids today and long into the future should have the opportunity to attend college without having to worry about how to pay the bill, thanks to an anonymous donor whose $25 million gift screams, “Say Yes to Education – Buffalo.” The anonymous donor’s generous “challenge” gift is the first step. It is one of the single largest donations from an individual. As re…

By Pauline Dyson One of the many supportive roles wives of professional men have played over the years, before the advent of quick email messaging, is that of note-writer, Rolodex-keeper and phone-caller – all in the interest of furthering their husbands' business or political careers. I was reminded of that when it was reported, on the death of Barbara Bush, that th…

Columns

Last week, two new editors showed up on The Buffalo News masthead: Margaret Kenny Giancola, deputy managing editor, and Denise Jewell Gee, assistant managing editor. The masthead is the space at the top of The News’ editorial page that lists the newspaper executives. It is a sacred place for newspapers. The New York Times, which names 17 editors on its page A2 masthead,…

Let’s applaud leaders who served countryI read with amusement the debate about President Trump’s “draft dodging” and President Barack Obama’s “no obligation to serve.” Apparently some readers have inside knowledge about the deferments and know, or think they do, they were without merit. (I wonder what draft number Trump received, and if he would have been called to serve).…

U.S. is being governed by the corrupt wealthyEver wonder why politicians no longer work for the people? Ever wonder why there are more lobbyists in Washington, D.C., and other state governments than ever before? Isn’t it amazing how elected officials can take money from organizations and corporations and the wealthy and then vote in their best interests?The Citizens United…

Wasteful authorities must be eliminatedKudos to The Buffalo News editor who penned the April 5 editorial regarding public authorities. You beat me to it. But I would have placed the last paragraph first.In my humble opinion, it is time for the state of New York and/or the county of Erie to get rid of authorities that give golden parachutes and secret raises to people who a…

Roche’s reputation has been impeccableWhen I read Rod Watson’s column criticizing the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for lying about the raises for its administrators, I was puzzled. I worked with Sister Denise Roche at D’Youville College for over 30 years and never knew her to lie. Nor did I hear anyone else ever say she lied, about anything.Nancy Kaczmarek, GN…

Church teachings are timeless, full of truthThe writer of a letter published on April 7 is mistaken about many things. First, his use of the term “archaic” when describing the truthful teachings of the magisterium. Magisterial teaching is timeless, not archaic. This means that the teachings, and the truths they contain, are just as valid today as they were 2,000-plus years…

Trump is right to push for fairer trade termsI would like to weigh in on the recent trade fight between China and the U.S. It is not unreasonable for the U.S. to push for fairer trade terms with China. The trade deficit is $750 billion per year and growing. The current trade deficit with China is the fault of the previous four U.S. presidents.President Trump’s complaints a…

Students’ movement should not be ignoredI am a senior citizen. I don’t believe in guns. I have felt this way for many years, more so since the shootings at Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, etc. I welcome this opportunity to stand in solidarity with like-minded people.I am so proud of all the people, both young and old, who organized, funded and attended the March For Our Lives in Wa…

Columns

It could be said that the 2018 contest for governor is beginning to take shape. It could also be said the shape is one big blob. Things began devolving last weekend when the Working Families Party convened its state committee in Albany. The left-leaning band was heading toward dissolving its long marriage with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, prompting him late on Friday the 13th …

By Cynthia Balderman I learned the mysterious ways of the beauty parlor at a young age. Each Saturday morning, after my mother had seen my father and brothers off to synagogue, she took me along to the hairdresser.   The object of the weekly visit was to have her hair washed, set and sprayed with a shellac-like substance that held it glued in place for seven whole days.…