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By Irv Atlas It was a year ago, the morning of July 6, when I retrieved the messages from my home answering machine. There were about a dozen calls referring to a My View article I had written that was published that morning in The Buffalo News. The caller ID feature told me the name of one of the callers who didn’t leave a message. I knew he was deceased. Several…

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One of the great menaces on our roadways is the distracted driver. The person looking at a phone, consulting a GPS device, loading a video or CD, or interacting with any of the entertainment systems that fill dashboards and car consoles. We were reminded last week of the tragic toll that distracted driving can take when truck driver Kristofer Gregorek was sentenced to p…

Buffalo’s downtown Main Street is brimming with activity where there was none – Theatre District performance nights; Town Ballroom; live bands on summertime Thursdays at Fountain Plaza for the Queen City Social; and a nice smorgasbord of restaurants and cafes. But that is only part of the picture and one conspicuously drawn with cars sharing time with light rail. It is …

I enjoy reading George Will although, as a union member and local teachers union president, I am occasionally at odds with his perspectives.His viewpoints are usually well-reasoned and supported by historical evidence consistent with his argument. However, his recent op-ed on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the case, Janus v. AFSCME, contains an erroneous historical an…

A recent Supreme Court decision now allows people who belong to a public sector union to not pay dues.It was hailed as a victory for workers, but was it? First off, President Trump lied and said that workers could “choose their own candidates without the union controlling them.”In 1943, Smith-Connally banned the use of members’ dues to make contributions to candidates for …

In his July 3 letter, a writer quipped “why do Democrats/liberals/moderates … only want God when they deem divine intervention necessary to benefit their particular cause?”This jab was somewhat myopic and ironic, since most causes championed by the left, for which some on the left often plead for God’s help, in the long run benefit all of humanity.For example, as a somewha…

If tearing babies from immigrant families wasn’t enough, the Trump administration rushed to the rescue of baby formula manufacturers when the World Health Assembly tried to pass a resolution that women should breastfeed their babies rather than use formula.Formula producers have been distributing inaccurate information touting their product over breast milk. The World Heal…

I was appalled and embarrassed at our nation’s actions at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. As a mother of four and grandmother of 11, when it comes to the health and well being of our world’s innocent, precious children, you are pushing the hottest of my “hot” buttons. Where have our American ideals and basic philosophy gone? Are we no longer the standard bearers of ju…

Why is it that most things must be accomplished with a shooting or killing? The young black bear that interested so many Western New Yorkers did not have to be “euthanized.” Or as I believe, murdered.Was it because the Amherst Police Department got tired of the calls about sitings? This bear was somewhat of a celebrity, and shooting it was just tragic. He did not harm anyo…

Thus begins the weeping and political gnashing of teeth. Why so much pain and anguish? The Democrats are really in a “wringing of the hands” conundrum. President Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court is clearly a masterful stroke. The naming of Brett Kavanaugh is a wise political choice, but it is secondary to the fact that Kavanaugh is, simply and clearly, eminently q…

Politicians, bureaucrats and activists must stop talking past each other to ensure that the public has the facts about safety precautions surrounding so-called “bomb trains” that roll through their towns. That is pretty much what the average citizen cares about, really. The rest is just political noise rattling in the wind. Is it safe? It depends on who you believe. …

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By Linda Militello Allegations against Catholic priests have become titillating fodder for the news media, ad nauseam. Is anyone reporting the statistics of heinous sexual assaults from biological fathers and stepfathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, and other known men that exceed all offenses by clergy? Can we even imagine that a loving, respected relative could…

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If the proposal from a California company goes through, Niagara County will be home to the largest solar wind farm in the state, covering 900 acres. A state siting board will decide whether the $210 million project, proposed by Cypress Creek Renewables, comes to fruition. There are good reasons to hope it does. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has set a mandate, called the Clean…

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By Richard Clements For over 30 years in business as an employer, I often complained about our dysfunctional health care “system,” but with a company to run, that was all I did. Since my retirement, though, I’ve been able to devote time to working with the Campaign for NY Health, promoting rational single-payer health care for all New Yorkers. We’re getting very clos…