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People should not be afraid to say what is on their mindsI am a woman. I am a conservative. And I am scared.When did free speech become hate speech? When did civil discourse become angry epithets? When did peaceful protests become violent demonstrations? Why has a difference of political opinion become a virtual beheading, a stabbing on stage and shooting members of Congre…

The addiction crisis requires a concentrated effort by allLet’s look at the crisis of all addiction in a new way. We should open centers in each county, a mini hospital where people seeking treatment for opioid addiction could receive the help they need in one place.First they could see a doctor, attend help groups and access additional resources. They would know that th…

Collins should stop stirring emotions with his commentsChris Collins’ recent rant about left-wing protests was an outrageous attempt to politically capitalize on a tragedy that befell a colleague. His claim that the “die-in” protest at his office contributed to the heinous shooting in Alexandria goes beyond the pale. He ought to be censured by the House.Our multimill…

Take advantage of parks for family fun this summerThe New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) is a professional organization whose primary purpose is to advance the values of parks, recreation and leisure services to its members and promote the many benefits of parks and recreation to the public. In an era where people are overworked, overstressed, secluded by …

Workers should be allowed to spend their money freelyJohn Darby’s opine in the June 14 Another Voice about “mandatory savings” had one good point (i.e., forgo Starbucks), but many assumptions and dogmas that are not realistic in the current economy we have need to be corrected.Jobs that pay less than $35 per hour usually have 25 percent in taxes, so for $70,000 in in…

It would be nearly criminal if workers doing an honest job were left unpaid for their efforts on state contracts, but the fact is that New York has to be rigorous in its expectation of contractors who bill the state for millions of dollars. Especially in light of federal indictments involving state development efforts, including Buffalo’s RiverBend project, New York need…

By Tom Kirkpatrick Our youngest grandchild, Alex, recently celebrated his first birthday. Born on April 15, he will never have an excuse for forgetting to pay his taxes. For the last seven months his grandmother and I have been making the trip to Orchard Park to assist with babysitting Alex and his big sister Ella. While I think Alex is exceptional, like all newbo…

By Richard Annibali Life has a cruel way of hitting you with the unexpected. For me, it was the sudden passing of my wife, who was hit by a driver while jogging in Cheektowaga. That initial moment – hearing the worst news you can imagine – is indescribable. I think it’s impossible to really understand this unless you’ve been in that situation personally. My w…

Cabinet’s fealty to Trump is an utter embarrassmentRepulsive! The word that comes to mind to sum up my feelings for Trump and the members of his Cabinet. Sycophants all, kowtowing to a strutting egotist with a Napoleonic complex and appointed to their respective positions obviously based on their allegiance to His Royal Majesty.Oblivious to their duties as responsible pu…

Increase in hate speech is creating walls among us So I’ve mulled over the idea of writing this letter for several weeks without doing anything about it, but now in light of current events it seems appropriate. This is merely my opinion. Opinions are cheap, everyone has them, many like to share them. I don’t know if that’s because we think that ours is the right one.…

Thanks to Higgins, we can enjoy an active waterfrontI recently visited Buffalo’s Outer Harbor marina and was very impressed with the progress that has been made there. In fact, the contrast to only a few short years ago is amazing.New state parkland, playgrounds, boat launches, Wilkeson Pointe Park, Gallagher Beach and the Tifft Nature Preserve are all great complements …

Baby boomers need to get back to churchI am a member of the baby boomer generation and because of that, I am brilliant. If we wanted it, we were almost guaranteed a college education. Because we are so brilliant, we can convince you that any kind of behavior is acceptable as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Cause and effect are archaic concepts that can be circumvent…