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Tielman’s experience should be respectedI am old. I can remember a time in this country when ordinary citizens found experts whose ideas the people trusted. You voted for politicians not because they held your beliefs, but because you knew that the politician was brighter than you and could navigate whatever needed navigating to get accomplished what was best for the fut…

By Tom Moscato Our sissy pink Jeep twists, jerks and heaves over the mountainous sun-baked desert terrain. Suddenly, we launch into space. Dropping like a rock, we bounce and screech to a sickening dead stop dangling on the edge of a boulder. Strangling against our seat belts, our bodies sear in the radiating heat from the desert floor below. Scottsdale, Ariz., is the p…

By Joe McDonald It seems every day we see another story about the devastating opiate crisis plaguing our community. To deal with this crisis responsibly, it’s time to remove the fear associated with substance abuse treatment centers, including those that offer methadone and other medication-assisted treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction is not an isolated problem. …

Here’s an issue that should garner strong bipartisan support: clean air. Just like the water we drink, the air we breathe must be safe and free from pollutants. Seems a simple concept, until political pressure comes to bear. The latest air quality report by the American Lung Association gave Erie County middling grades. The county earned good marks for its low amou…

By Diane O’Brien “Don’t throw that dish detergent bottle out. Add some water, shake it and you can wash another batch of dishes,” Aunt Marie said. She always extended the use of an item. The word “environmentalist” wasn’t frequently used in the early 1960s. My sister and I would often nudge each other as we considered Auntie’s actions a bit eccentric.…

Appointment of Gorsuch fills many of us with hopeFirst let me say that I think that what the Republican senators did to Merrick Garland was disgraceful. They should have held hearings on his nomination and then resoundingly rejected his nomination in a full floor vote. Having said that, what a delight to have read the report in The News on Justice Neil Gorsuch’s question…

Trump is too impulsive, could start another warPlease inform me why our country is sending warships near Korea. Many countries now have nuclear weapons. Who are we to tell other countries they can’t have them? As long as no one uses them offensively, it should not be our business. This bully some people elected may cause us the worst harm we have ever seen. The “swamp …

Build Seneca Chief replica to celebrate canal’s historyCongratulations to the Buffalo Maritime Center on construction of the canal boat Erie Traveler for Lockport. What a great idea to have such a unique replica built to showcase the work the group has been doing on the Flight of Five Locks. But shouldn’t Buffalo be doing something equally great to celebrate the bicent…

We can help the Earth by changing our dietsAs thousands across the U.S. get ready to protest environmental budget cuts, each of us can also help with our driving, our recycling and our diet. Yes, our diet. A 2010 United Nations report blames animal agriculture for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 38 percent of land use and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.Carbon …

Cuts to EPA will degrade our health, environmentPresident Trump’s budget proposal aims to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, busting up clean air and climate change protections that make us safer and healthier. With such drastic federal reductions, state and local programs would in turn take a major cut.Take the deeply popular Great La…

Cuts to EPA will degrade our health, environmentPresident Trump’s budget proposal aims to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, busting up clean air and climate change protections that make us safer and healthier. With such drastic federal reductions, state and local programs would in turn take a major cut.Take the deeply popular Great La…

The committee charged with choosing a location for a new train station in Buffalo made a smart decision Thursday, selecting downtown Buffalo over what might be called the sentimental favorite, the old Central Terminal. The facts pointed toward a downtown site and away from the ghostly but beloved Central Terminal and, to its credit, the committee followed the facts. Nev…

Just because folks around here can’t seem to build a new Peace Bridge doesn’t mean bridges can’t be built. News staff reporter Robert J. McCarthy’s Tuesday article pointed to bridges built over the past several years – 10 local spans – with much public input and shepherded by the state Department of Transportation. A noteworthy accomplishment. The designs…

By Pat Russell On March 12, The News ran an excellent piece on how the medical marijuana industry in our area is dying before it has a chance to even get off the ground. The growers aren’t making any money because there aren’t enough customers. Here, then, is yet another side from a forgotten party in this quagmire – the patient. I have a condition known as es…