By Carolyn Kirsch When my 37-year-old son died, my nephew found himself attempting to explain death to his 4-year-old son. Daniel said, “I wish nobody had to die.” My nephew replied, “Then there would never be any new people. New people like 4-year-old Daniel.” That’s OK, I thought to myself. It’s one of those outlandish thoughts that sometimes come to my mi…

Good for Tom Reed. Even with advance warning that he was going to run into a buzz saw of opposition, he persisted. The Republican congressman from Corning waded into succeeding storms of protest at four town hall meetings on Saturday, hearing out raucous crowds, dealing with them respectfully and standing his ground. You can agree or disagree with Reed’s positions on …

By Duncan Kirkwood Recently, I was surprised to see my name appear in an Another Voice column by someone I’ve never met. Joe Cantafio, president of the Erie County Council of Teacher Union Presidents, has a big problem with me, charter schools and the work of Buffalo’s District Parent Coordinating Council and Sam Radford, a man who has spent more than a decade fight…

Volunteers brightened Valentine’s Day for vetsMy husband had an appointment at the Buffalo VA Medical Center on Valentine’s Day. Walking into the hospital was a pleasant surprise. There were ladies in red coats, volunteers, handing out valentine bags to the veterans who came in that day.In the bag were handmade valentines from children in grade school, thanking the vet…

Americans make change peacefully, not violentlyAmericans have a nation of laws. It makes us special because we the people have made the laws and we follow them. If we don’t like our laws, we use our Congress and our courts for change. Our flinty common sense and optimism have always been present, and so far, the voices of clear thinkers at the voting booths, courts and t…

Trump is digging a hole we may never get out ofWhat is going on in Washington? President Trump is digging a hole for himself and America that it might just be impossible to get out of. Every day, someone is either quitting or getting fired or removing his name from consideration for a post or saying things that are false or that never even happened.Right now, this country …

IDA agreement benefits Erie County and FedExIt is a mischaracterization to say the Erie County Industrial Development Agency board “looked the other way” regarding the FedEx jobs retention agreement (“Taking back tax breaks from companies can be messy,” Feb. 3 News.)The original agreement required FedEx to add 70 new jobs and retain 168 for the length of the PILOT …

It is clear Roe v. Wade was a terrible decisionFor those who consider Roe v. Wade as “settled law,” even abortion advocates admit Roe was a terrible decision. Upon reflection, Sandra Day O’Connor, retired justice of the Supreme Court, later said, “Roe is clearly on a collision course with itself” due to advances in technology that provide medical and surgical tre…

In fairness to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, it’s not hard to see his point about how the state subsidizes private colleges. Their nature is to produce costs far higher than public systems such as the State University of New York. Taxpayers in New York already, and appropriately, support SUNY. Why should they also support private institutions? They don’t support private hig…

By Lori DuVall The circus won’t be coming to town. At least, not the anachronism known as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, aka “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Is the final folding of the circus tent something to mourn? Is the disappearance of this 146-year-old tradition from the American landscape a true loss? Not in my opinion. If anything it is…

Pedestrians crossing a 1.7-mile section of Niagara Falls Boulevard are taking a huge risk. They know it but do it, anyway. Mentally gauging the speed of oncoming traffic and hurrying across, most make it safely. But some don’t. Since June 2013 five pedestrians have been killed trying to cross the busy road dividing Amherst and Tonawanda. Last week a woman was badly in…

By Barry L. Gan Gandhi first became famous in South Africa, in 1906, for protesting what Indians called the “Black Act.” The “Black Act,” formally known as the Asiatic Registration Act, required all Asian men, including Indians, to register via fingerprints with the South African government and receive a registration paper – essentially a green card – that t…

“Elysium” is the way ancient Greeks described a piece of heaven. Let me explain: For you, it is like hearing guitarist Ana Vidovic play “Cavatina.” My Elysium was a bar hidden on Pearl Street in Buffalo, just behind what then was the Art Moderne W.T. Grant department store at Main and Huron streets. The place was called Jew Murphy’s Omega Steel Bar and Gril…

Why didn’t GOP formulate a health care replacement?This in response to a letter I received from Rep. Chris Collins. I felt compelled to contact him to let him know my feelings on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Fix it, tweak it, make it better, but why start all over by repealing it? This seems an unnecessary waste of time and taxpayer money. His letter stated why the…