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Pensions may be at risk with convention changesNew York State residents who rely on our state pension system to fund retirements should take a long, hard look at the choice to convene a constitutional convention.Our pension funds have remained safe and secure and weathered changes in the stock market for years due to wise management and lack of interference by our state go…

Supporting NIMAC helps air base advocacy effortsIt was 1995, and a small group of volunteers became organized to work as community advocates to advance the interests of our Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Over these 22 years, this group, known as the Niagara Military Affairs Council (NIMAC), has worked mostly behind the scenes to connect the base leadership with the com…

Trump could not compare to his opponent’s flawsHad a good laugh reading the Sept. 10 letter, “Trump’s character flaws trouble many Americans.” Not only did Hillary Clinton have more character flaws, but she also had many illegal and immoral charges against.The Democratic National Committee chairwoman rigged the Democratic primary in Clinton’s favor over Bernie Sa…

Constitutional convention would result in disasterEvery 20 years, the question of whether there shall be a constitutional convention appears on the New York State election ballot. Opening the Constitution is not an attempt to improve democracy, but rather an opportunity for corporations and the elite to increase profits. There already exists a mechanism for changing the Ne…

Address Albany corruption by voting yes on conventionEvery New York voter should be aware that there is a referendum on the back of this year’s ballot on whether to hold a constitutional convention. If the yes vote prevails, delegates would be elected next year and the convention would commence in 2019. I urge people to vote yes on this proposition. Corruption is a majo…

Reckless owners give good pit bulls a bad reputationI am deeply sympathetic to Daisy Moore, portrayed on the front page of The News’ Sept. 10 Sunday paper. She has had two separate pit bull attacks on her small dogs.I too, have a dog that has been bitten twice and has never bitten anyone or any animal. My family rescued our pit bull two years ago from the City of Buffalo…

Hurricanes should convince climate change naysayers In the coming days, just as in the past two weeks, we’ll see many great acts of valor amongst first responders and our fellow citizens as good people go about saving their fellow humans from the most horrible situations of their lives.If we think to look for it, we’ll also be able to identify more subtle types of hero…

Americans have a duty to fact check presidentWhen Trump makes a statement, look at his history or fact check him. The latest statement is that Trump “cares” because he handed out a few hot dogs in Texas. Yet several weeks ago he was advocating 24 million be thrown off Obamacare so he could say he “won.” Even now it’s quietly being defunded so it fails. Trump was…

Consumers should consider renewable energy sourcesLarge, very powerful hurricanes have been and are hammering our country. Are they the result of man-made climate change? Each year the average temperature of the earth rises, glaciers melt, polar ice decreases, the oceans warm.Scientists know that carbon dioxide, like methane and water vapor, is a heat-trapping gas. Tempera…

Without the latest gadgets, schoolchildren used to get byIf the weight of my children’s school supplies correlates directly to the quality of their education, I’d be thrilled. The cost of this year’s notebooks, pens, highlighters, tissues, glues and so on has tempted me to cancel Christmas. In the 1960s, my folks bought me a pair of Buster Brown shoes at the August s…

Kirst column gives hope to an East Side Amazon HQIn the chaos, concern and despair over the recent hurricanes, North Korea, United States politics, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria (the list can go on and on), thank you to Sean Kirst for the Sept. 11 column, “An open letter to Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.”It was uplifting, informative and I’m sure gave many Buffalo…

The real evolution comes with equality, acceptanceWhen the pope receiving mental health services decades ago no longer merits a headline and news article, we will have arrived at accepting mental health treatment as readily as treatment for physical ailments. When pictures of blacks helping whites and other such combinations of helping hands and their recipients no longer …

Young people do not value the wisdom of their eldersAs a psychotherapist I am disturbed how insensitively and ignorantly older Americans are belittled, mistreated and disrespected. The older American has a long history and experienced much that the younger generation knows little about and feels too ignorant to know and understand. When they are ignorant they label their e…

Pat Sole Park improvements will benefit the communityOn May 20, the Peace Bridge Authority held a ceremony rededicating Pat Sole Memorial Park on the West Side of Buffalo. After years of neglect the Peace Bridge Authority invested over $300,000 in total renovation of the park. Picnic tables, benches, playground equipment, safety fence, trees and plants were replaced, makin…