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By Paul Snyder III We all regret some decisions in life. For me it was my choice not to learn Spanish. So, in my search to find the one word that could capture the essence of Pope Francis, it is with much irony that the language of Spain would give me the most appropriate one – Dictablanda! For those like me who “no habla Espanol,” dictablanda is a Spanish pun referr…

By Tom Burns On Dec. 1, 1991, my life changed forever when my dad, at the not so old age of 55, passed away from heart disease. I know that I am not the only person ever to lose a parent, and while my dad was young, I have seen much sadder and more tragic events affect people I know. Nevertheless I miss my dad terribly, and every day there is a reminder of him, somet…

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There must be something in the water down there in South Buffalo. Whenever voters in the 142nd District – which includes Lackawanna, West Seneca and Orchard Park – send a representative to the Assembly, an independent streak appears required. Maybe even stubborn, recalcitrant, and certainly unwilling to play ball Albany-style. Brian Higgins started the ancient and re…

By Robert L. Bradley Jr. By year’s end, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will likely issue a new draft of his five-year plan to expand energy drilling in America’s outer continental shelf, the submerged federal land off America’s coasts. Unsurprisingly, the plan has environmentalists up in arms. As soon as Zinke unveiled it back in January, a green coalition i…

For anyone who may occasionally forget how fortunate we are here in Western New York, we offer the following: • No raging wildfires • No earthquakes of note • No hurricanes • Great summers • Spectacular autumns There’s more but you get the idea. It’s something to keep in mind as Thanksgiving approaches. It’s not that there aren’t challenges — Lake Ontario’s ri…

By Joanne Padley On a quiet, cold, winter night I was doing my rounds, walking the building, checking for anything that might be amiss in the senior citizens apartment building where I work as a night security guard. All was calm and peaceful as I moved silently through the building, stopping occasionally to admire the holiday decorations on the display shelves outside …

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On the better-than-good chance that state Democratic Assembly members re-nominate Speaker Carl Heastie to his post, he should make it his first order of business to select Crystal Peoples-Stokes as majority leader. It would be a boon for Buffalo, Western New York and all of upstate to have the Buffalo assemblywoman in this position of power, influence and potential fina…

You can be sure that President Trump, as he did prior to the midterm elections, will continue to stoke racial animosities and fear by making the completely erroneous and unfounded assertion that the migrant caravan inching its way toward our southern border from Central America is composed largely of Middle Easterners hostile to our American way of life, along with other e…

I have lived in Amherst since 1968. I am a senior and an an avid bicycle rider. I am writing to strongly support the town’s lawsuit against Grover’s Bar and Grill as detailed in a recent Buffalo News article.This usurping of town property is totally unacceptable, especially in light of recent goals to make Amherst more walker and bike friendly. This piece of property is pa…

In response to the upset Tops workers over reduced pensions. Welcome to America, I struggle to write anymore, because of its uselessness. Writing, voting, protesting, what do they achieve now?Money buys everything. Tops’ attorneys, and upper management, I hope they sleep well at night, leaving people with nothing but crumbs. For the most part there are two classes today, …

What an amazing month it has been for women in this great country of ours!Outstanding women of integrity have not only run for so many elected offices across the country, but have won so many of their races.Women have won local town board elections. Women have won state office seats. And women have won U.S. Senate and congressional seats. And everything in between.There we…

In the wake of the diocesan documents leak about sexual abuse, the word “love,” in the context of “loving thing to do,” has been inserted into almost every discourse.Critics of the bishop claim to have been called by God and heavyweights ranging from Pope Benedict XVI to Jesus himself have been quoted to help justify throwing Bishop Richard Malone under the bus.Clearly cla…

The blue wave may not have been as big as hoped but the true success of the wave will be it’s sustainability and adaptability.A movement has been started and just like the immigration issue, new blood has been inserted into an old system giving it a fresh outlook and an emboldened energy.It is time to establish the priorities which this great nation stands for and should o…

Bishop Richard J. Malone’s Nov. 5 press conference was unsatisfactory partly because he left most of the explanations and difficult questions to his lawyers. They repeatedly stated that most of the priest sex abuses occurred in the 1960s and 1970s before Malone’s arrival. While those abuses were a horrific betrayal, what happened since his arrival has angered many people.M…