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Three incontrovertible points: • Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election. Whether it succeeded – producing the election of Donald Trump or playing no role – is beside the point. Our democracy is being manipulated by a dangerous political adversary. • The people paid to know say they are trying to do it again in this fall’s elections. • Washington …

By Korey Green Lesson learned. This phrase refers to my recent experience about my decision to ask Carl Paladino to be part of a six-member panel discussion about racial issues. This was a community panel discussion that followed the screening of “The Blackness Project." I have no regrets about my choice to invite him to join the panel. My reasoning was sincere and f…

By D. John Bray American have become carriers. I’m not referring to anything medical; I’m talking about carrying “stuff." The late comedian George Carlin covered “a place for my stuff” in a great routine some years ago but it has now evolved into what I call “carrying my stuff around.” People today are walking around constantly carrying their small stuff: cellphones,…

It’s a shame we cannot afford infrastructure improvementsAccording to a newly proposed plan to fix our deteriorating U.S. infrastructure, we can’t accomplish repairs without private funding and investment. Apparently, due to high U.S. deficits, we can only afford $200 billion of federal money for these types of projects. That’s interesting because we currently have almost …

NFL owners, players should apologize, build vet hospitalWell, the Super Bowl has come and gone for another year. Another year of my life is coming around and as I look around it makes me sad.That said, who were the winners in the great Super Bowl? I’ll tell you: the owners, the NFL and the players. They all make mucho U.S. dollars, while showing their disrespect for our na…

There should be more outrage over Holding Center deathI applaud The Buffalo News, especially reporter Matt Spina, for the continuous drumbeat of outrage over the investigation and lack of accountability of the Erie County Holding Center in the death of Richard Metcalf. I know there are, and have been, good people working there and that their jobs are difficult, but this wa…

Democrats still don’t see why president was electedAmericans are experiencing President Trump’s 2018 tax reduction, yet Democrats are crying doom and gloom. With low unemployment and rising incomes, taxpayers are also benefiting from growth in their 401(k) savings.As President Bill Clinton once said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” The Democrats have not offered any proposal e…

Letter was masquerading as an intellectual exerciseThe Another Voice, “It’s disappointing to see government fall into disfavor” by a retired history teacher was not the intellectual exercise it masqueraded to be. The writer threw out a plethora of names hated by the irrational left, without a single fact to back up the evil classifications. But what really betrayed his pos…

By Larry Beahan My wife, Lyn, and I don’t fly much anymore. It’s a pain – pouring hand lotion, shampoo and hair oil into test tubes, barefoot, those awful lines, uniformed agents who think they are signing you into the Erie County Holding Center instead of a pricey airborne cattle car. Wow! Didn’t his eyes pop, when X-ray detected my CPAP machine? For a second, I expect…

By Paula Hinz and Kennedy Schultz Happy birthday, Alliance Française de Buffalo! In February of 1903, just 115 years ago, a small group of ambitious Buffalo women were interested in maintaining their fluency in French, and remaining up to date in French literature and culture. They sent invitations in French requesting that you reply to Mrs. John G. Milburn. The resp…

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Not only did special prosecutor Lori Pettit Rieman fail to do her job in investigating the death of an Erie County jail inmate, but an email she sent creates suspicion that politics influenced the timing of her announcement. It’s rare to see such flagrant manipulation on such blatant display, especially in the top levels of law enforcement and in a case of preventable deat…

Institute a bond program to finance infrastructureDuring World War II, America’s Greatest Generation, my generation, helped pay for the $288 billion cost of the war. The war bonds program was supported by more than half of the population, including schoolchildren, raising $188 billion by the end of the war. This was at a time when the average income was $2,000.The bonds we…

Do we need a whole page featuring business people?Every Sunday there’s a whole page of “Business People” in The News who weren’t too busy to have their picture taken. I object to this display. I didn’t even like a half page of them, as was the case before their numbers grew this past year.Maybe no one else complains about this, but they should. There’s no recognition for “…