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Kevin Walter

Kevin Walter is the editorial page editor for The Buffalo News.


So, our friends in Canada have been drawn into some crazy competition on whose is bigger: Canadians’ or Norwegians’ moose. This is, evidently, a serious issue. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, has held the title with its statue of Mac the Moose which, at 32 feet tall, proudly held the record for more than 30 years. But then, three years ago, those pesky Norwegians bested …

By Carl Francis Penders SPECIAL TO THE NEWS WASHINGTON, D.C. – “This is the beginning. It’s not the end,” said Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” during a break from coverage of the March 24 March for Our Lives in Washington, organized by Parkland, Fla., students who survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Referencing his Apri…

By Karen Adragna Walsh It’s been over 10 years since we purchased a brand new car. It was time to trade in our old jalopy for a spanking new vehicle with bells and whistles. Little did I know that my old car, facing separation anxiety, put up roadblocks. The morning of our trade-in soon approached. We removed the loose coins, E-ZPass tag and the garage door opener fr…

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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…

By Peter Talty The recent passing of Irv Weinstein brought back memories of feet, shoes and good humor. You see, Irv Weinstein unintentionally brought Jim McCormick and I together in 1971. We were both born with orthopedic conditions that resulted in us each having two different size feet. We also shared the economic pain of always buying two pairs of footwear to a…

 By Lee Coppola The business card haunts me.  It rests on my desk, staring at me, evoking memories best left forgotten Next to the symbol of the scales of justice it reads, “Inter-Tel Detective Agency, Patrick 'Paddy' Calabrese, Licensed and Bonded, State of Washington.” The agency purports to protect against corporate theft and civil frauds, to provide surveillan…

Pop-quiz time, class; multiple choice. Ready? The Buffalo School District's terrible performance is the fault of:A. StudentsB. ParentsC. TeachersD. PrincipalsE. District administratorsF. School Board membersG. The teachers unionH. The Board of RegentsI. The State Education DepartmentJ. All of the aboveK. No one; in Buffalo we're persistent victims, pathetically unable to i…

Dear Boss,We need to talk about your plans for my company car. I realize, of course, that I don't actually have a company car; that is part of the problem. But I need one, since I've chosen to live so far from where you require me to work, and I am sure you will agree that common sense (as I define it) and the law (as I will explain it) make clear that I should get to keep…

"You don't have to be involved in anything wrong to have this happen to you. I had never been arrested for so much as a violation. . . . If it happened to me, it can happen to any of you. It can happen to your son or daughter. It can happen to your best friend, or it can happen to your spouse."- Jeffrey Deskovic, speaking to a Buffalo audience last year about his wrongful …

Anyone who's lost control of a speeding car knows the feeling: The world in front of the windshield suddenly looks like a movie running in slow motion -- the disorientation, the loss of control, the seeming eternity until it all stops.Such is the condition of the American system of health insurance. The vehicle began skidding out of control sometime in the past decade, but…

The decision to move from New York could hardly have been more agonizing for Connie and Tony Toledo, but they felt they had no choice. Tony had been laid off, and the state's hostile business policies undermined the towing business he subsequently started. So the family left Buffalo for North Carolina.It was 2001 when Tony said goodbye to his lifelong hometown and Connie's…

Matthew L. Schwartz looks for all the world like any other college student, albeit one who is crackling with barely contained energy.Whole paragraphs spool out of him in unbroken torrents: cogent observations, ambitious goals, cocky self-assurance. A trained observer might recognize the outlines of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and might even guess that special…

GOING UPRIVER: THE LONG WAR OF JOHN KERRY ***FEATURING: John Kerry and assorted veterans, journalists and congressmen.DIRECTOR: George ButlerRUNNING TIME: 92 minutesRATING: PG-13 for disturbing images of war and some dialogueTHE LOWDOWN: John Kerry's antiwar activism, as told by a friend. The human brain is kind enough -- or wily enough -- to scrub away the worst memori…

The tricks of the authority trade have become legion, but they trace back to an unlikely suspect: John Mitchell, the Wall Street bond counsel who later became President Nixon's attorney general and was neck deep in another far-reaching deceit, the Watergate scandal.Stymied by voters who wanted certain services but who repeatedly shot down bond proposals to fund them, Gov. …

Ready for a quiz? Get out your No. 2 pencils and see if you can identify the common denominator:Brewing a pot of coffee.Buying a house.Going to prison.Parking your car.Driving to Toronto.Undergoing cancer treatment.Flying to New York.Taking a college class.Mourning the Sept. 11 terror attacks.Those of you who read the headline, go to the front of the class. For everyone el…