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Trump has no knowledge of how government worksMy disappointment in and concerns about President Trump’s behaviors have only increased in the last months. It would seem that I could count on one hand the number of times he has said the word democracy in tweets and in speeches. It is apparent that he understands neither our governmental system of checks and balances nor th…

By Joanne Padley I moved into a new house years ago, when my children were small. The first time my mother visited, she noticed that my old dish towels didn’t match my new kitchen, so she bought me some new ones. Several months later while visiting her home, I was helping her dry dishes and I reached into her kitchen drawer for a clean towel. I happened upon several o…

By Sandy McPherson Carrubba Geary At the beginning of June, I had foot surgery. My husband and I received meals and gift cards so we wouldn’t starve before I resumed cooking. Friends showered us with surprises, for which we felt grateful. Then I thought about the strangers who have been kind to me over the years. Strangers have stopped me while I shopped in a card …

Trump could learn a lot from TrumanPresident Harry Truman had two sayings that could apply to President Trump: “The buck stops here” and “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”Truman was often criticized, but he understood it was part of the job. He also knew not to blame others when things went wrong. He took responsibility as president.Truman was…

Illegal guns are used in nearly all shootingsWhat articles and editorials about gun violence in Buffalo and Chicago always fail to mention is that almost every gun used in almost every shooting is an illegal gun. It was obtained illegally, carried illegally and, of course, used illegally. Laws such as New York’s (un)SAFE Act don’t impact these shootings at all. They on…

Community schools make big differenceHow could one read “In Buffalo’s children, wounds no one sees” and not have an emotional reaction? Each act of violence compounds and, as pointed out in this deeply researched article, touches multiple lives, often the lives of our most vulnerable, the children of our city.The article suggests that the Buffalo School District has …

Criticism of Obama has nothing to do with raceA recent letter writer opined that Barack Obama was one our greatest presidents. On the contrary, I think Obama was one of our worst. I was counting the days remaining until his “expiration date” finally arrived. This has nothing whatsoever to do with race.Obama drew “red lines in the sand,” then did nothing when his bl…

Area hospitals should hire music therapistsAs the director of music therapy at SUNY Fredonia, I was pleased to read The News article, “Music used to heal in places across Western New York.”Good that The News interviewed music therapist Elyse Kochmanski, just one of the music therapists in Buffalo, and quoted the American Music Therapy Association from musictherapy.org,…

Another day, another excuse. Neither the administration of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown nor the state judge it has bamboozled wants the public to see what went on inside the city jail last year. Both are violating their oaths and insulting the public that trusted them with their offices. The issue is the jailhouse video that documented the vicious beating of an inmate b…

Since entering the workforce in large numbers, women have been paid less than their male counterparts for the same work. Ending the practice, and not just in the public sector through legislation and executive order, will take a shift in thinking. It helps to strategize, and the women’s conference, held for the first time in Buffalo in July, provided the perfect oppor…

By Stephanie Crockatt and Dennis R. Horrigan Frederick Law Olmsted was our country’s first and finest landscape architect. He came to Buffalo in 1868 and designed the nation’s first system of urban parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the steward of his genius. In applying it to everyday park solutions, its responsibility is to ask, …

Sometime in the next few weeks, in the midst of the Democratic primary for mayor, Byron Brown will start rolling out the big guys. It seems certain that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will stage some pat-on-the-back session for his state Democratic chairman. Chuck Schumer, the nation’s top-ranking Dem as minority leader of the Senate, is also expected to lend his high profile to a…

By Robert Milch In a jaw-dropping display of hypocrisy, ineptitude and deceit, the Republican-dominated House Appropriations Committee voted on July 13 to block implementation of the District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity law. The law would allow terminally ill patients with decision-making capacity to access physician aid in dying. In a 2015 poll, 67 percent of…

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ is being performed in D.C.I finally figured out what the Trump administration is all about! The fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Trump plays the emperor and the Republican Congress are his citizens who will do what it takes to not offend him.“Sad, sad, sad,” as The Donald would say!Gerald StefanacciWest Seneca