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Parents bear responsibility for students’ misbehaviorDisruptive student behavior in Buffalo schools is a very complex and daunting situation to try to rectify. And, I believe that many people are trying. I note there is one word glaringly missing from the article that could possibly help – parents!Marguerite McDonnellWest Seneca

Don’t waste money on parade; use it to help nation’s veteransPresident Trump, our narcissistic, con man, would-be king, wants to spend several million of our taxpayer dollars to have thousands of our dedicated servicemen and women march by his viewing throne and salute him to inflate his already grotesque ego. Remember that Trump, with his daddy’s help, manufactured a sore…

County leaders should own up to their decisions on tax ratesI grew up in a household of five children, all close in age. One can imagine the unrelenting cacophony my parents had to tolerate and arbitrate. I remember a technique often employed when one of us was “caught” in some matter. We would quickly point out how one or more of our siblings did the same thing; or better…

Science indicates Democrats must stop defending abortionThe “tactical” advice of David Brooks’ “imaginary consultant” to the Democratic Party on its continuing defense of late-term abortions was: Give it up! The fundamental observations cited: viability outside the womb at 22 weeks; scientific advances that “fundamentally shift the moral intuition about abortion;” that in …

Divesting from fossil fuels is difficult, but necessaryThe Jan. 30 Another Voice by Daniel Levler is correct: Climate change must be addressed. His opposition to divestment of fossil fuels by the state pension fund is not.In my 16 years at the highest levels of administration of the pension funds for New York City and New York State, I have had an opportunity to understand…

WASHINGTON — It is now a ritual, and uniquely American. Its predictability is almost like the Catholic Mass, and many of the old mainline Protestant services. First, the introit: Republican Gov. Rick Scott, in a meticulously starched shirt leading the press conference. Closely followed by Parkland, Florida's prevailing top cop, Sheriff Scott Israel in aviator sunglasses…

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Fire districts have to be among one of the most sensitive local issues that nearly no one wants to tackle. But when one neighbor sees another across the street paying far less for this critical protection, questions are going to arise. They need to be answered in a way that takes account of modern conditions and works to reduce the number of taxing districts in Erie County…

By Elizabeth Bowen Food and shelter are essential for human life. Yet millions of Americans face both food insecurity and housing insecurity. The Trump administration's proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) will make homeless Americans’ daily struggle for survival even worse. The 2019 federal budget propos…

Hypocrites ignore science about pain felt in the wombRecently, the Senate voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This is an example of hypocrisy from those who claim to revere science. If that were true, they would have supported this bill based on science that has determined that children in the womb feel pain sometime after 20 weeks, either reflexive…

Hardworking Dreamers deserve our compassionConcerning refugees and President Trump, my grandfather and grandmother Condren were refugees from poverty and hunger in Ireland. If my feisty grandparents had to break through a wall to come to America, I know they would have done that.When the Irish came to the U.S. and struggled to find employment, they were met with anti-immig…

Cuomo should be ashamed of effort to expand abortionWe are registered voters, having participated in nearly every primary and regular election since we were old enough to vote. As Democrats, we are ashamed that our governor could even consider expanding late-term abortions and, to add insult to injury, include it in a budget bill! If this horror gets through the State Legi…

Trump’s actions are not making America ‘great’Hmm, racism rearing its ugly head; once-in-500-years weather catastrophes occurring every other year; homelessness; an ever-increasing disparity of wealth; a health care system that fails to draw the envy of any nation sporting more than two electrical generators.A rotting infrastructure; record mass incarcerations; one in six …

American dream has become a nightmareThis morning I read again that Rep. Paul Ryan wants to cut unfunded mandates to balance the budget. Hogwash! We spend about 62 cents of every federal tax dollar on the military. We defend Europe and Asia, 73 years after the end of World War II. Germany has the third-largest economy in the world! England is doing pretty well. Why are we …

Let’s try to be more aware of the footprints we leaveNeighborhood signs, blue with white doves, reading: “I leave footprints for peace” may have their origin in my favorite theologian/philosopher Soren Kierkegaard’s “The Anxiety of Self-Torment,” Christian Discourses, 1848. You decide: “But He came to this earth to prescribe the task, to leave behind Him a footprint, so th…