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Reducing world poverty should be one of our goalsThere is no better time than now for young citizens to understand how connected the world is and how easy it is to make an impact. Reaching out and helping those in need can seem unachievable, yet it is simpler than ever.The Borgen Project, a national nonprofit campaign, is advocating and working for the extreme poor in the …

‘Hay Fever’ was great, it deserved four starsI was surprised to see that “Hay Fever” at the Irish Classical Theatre received only 2½ stars. I disagree with the review of Ben Siegel. The audience was thoroughly entertained throughout the play.The first act set the stage for the riotous second and third acts and gave the audience a glimpse of the obnoxious character…

Here’s the problem with the politicians who pander to voters over the terrible flooding along the south shore of Lake Ontario: They are focusing on a largely false issue that allows them to target a scapegoat, in this case the International Joint Commission that regulates the level of the lake. But the overarching problem is the amount of water coursing through the Gr…

By Sheila Weinberg A recent report from financial think tank Truth in Accounting has given New York’s finances a failing grade. The report is based on the state’s comprehensive financial report, which Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli presented as a “signal that the state has moved beyond the recurring fiscal gridlock of recent decades.” However, the report is full of…

It’s time to start thinking about the information that courses through the internet, and examining if there is an acceptable way to better monitor, track or restrict messaging that is meant to incite or instigate crimes such as the recent terror attacks in England. It won’t be an easy task in an open society where First Amendment freedoms are properly cherished, but…

WASHINGTON – How long will this go on? House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered some bad news on this score immediately after the long-awaited appearance of former FBI Director James Comey before a Senate Committee last week. Indicating that the House Republican majority is solidly behind President Trump, Ryan said the clumsy things the president said to Comey, which …

As we close in on summertime and warmer weather, thoughts of beaches and barbecues fill the minds of Western New Yorkers. But let’s not forget about those who need our help. The Catholic Charities annual campaign has reached only  91 percent of its $11 million goal. The Buffalo Diocese is warning that the fundraising campaign scheduled to last until June 30 may fall …

By Mary F. Roberts As I watched artisans recently installing the intricate glass fireplace mosaic, the final major element of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Darwin Martin House, I thought, “This is a highlight of an experience I’ll never forget.” For those exploring the Jewett Parkway area of Buffalo, Wright’s Martin House is a magnificent sight. Some …

Trump ran his campaign to win Electoral CollegeI am writing in response to the May 29 letter in this column, “Trump supporters forget Clinton won popular vote.”I would remind the writer, and everyone who cannot accept the fact that President Trump did in fact defeat Hillary Clinton, that the Electoral College is how presidents are elected in this country. The fact that…

Voting out Republicans will help drain the swampPresident Trump and his Republicans are a return of the disastrous 1920s. In 1919, the Republicans rejected the Treaty of Versailles, world peace and the League of Nations, which was ratified by 44 countries. President Woodrow Wilson predicted the Republicans’ wrongheadedness would result in World War II within a generation…

Benevolent country is being torn apartIt has been indicated recently that one of the positive traits President Trump possesses is his ability to get things done. I won’t dispute that but I would argue that a majority of these proposals and initiatives will prove to be detrimental to our country, both domestically and internationally. I feel that the greatest measure of a…

U.S. should not privatize air traffic control systemRecently it was reported the Trump administration is planning to privatize the air traffic control system. This will be a combination of taxpayer funds with private investment to overhaul the air system. Of course the administration wants us to believe it’s a great deal. It’s not.First off, air traffic controllers are…

Sign will likely cause even more accidentsWhy would a large, multicolored sign reading, “I Love New York” with displays below it of attractions, history, etc., be installed at the I-290/90 split, at the blue water tower heading south? As we all know, that is an accident-prone area. Why would you put up a sign that means nothing, except to have the vehicle driver take a…