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…

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…

Left simply ignores laws it doesn’t likeIn 1948, Supreme Court Justice and former FDR Attorney General Robert Jackson, writing for the majority, ruled that foreign policy is “Wholly confided to the political departments of the government ... The Judiciary has neither aptitude, facilities or responsibility.” In 1952, Congress passed Section 1182(f) of immigration law,…

Something must be done about long wait for trainsEvery Saturday morning I go to the BJ’s at Milestrip and McKinley, where my truck is filled with donations for our food pantry.Because my truck is heavily laden with food, I prefer to drive slowly. Therefore, instead of going down Route 179 to Route 5, I go down McKinley to Lake to Route 5. Hopefully this way I will avoid …

Clean Energy Standard is investment in futureIf anti-nuclear groups that are against the Clean Energy Standard (CES) were truly for a greener economy, then they would recognize the important role upstate nuclear plants play in our clean energy future (“Plan to bail out nuclear power plants will cost cities millions,” Feb. 12 News). New York’s nuclear plants provide o…

Find the courage to do what’s rightRegarding repeal of the Affordable Care Act, building the wall, the travel ban, deportation, cessation of immigration from chosen countries and the reinstatement of torture: The courageous among us challenge the powerful – those who have taken it all for themselves. The cowards among us hunt down, for spectacle, the powerless – thos…

We should support police, not those who break lawsThe reports of shootings and deaths in Buffalo and Erie County are alarming. Law enforcement officers are under attack by the media and well-meaning but misguided religious and civic leaders. Where is the compassion for law enforcement officers? Whenever there is a confrontation between police and felons, the actions of pol…

Collins should be helping people trying to ‘get a life’The “get a life” phrase, casually dismissing the law with regard to Kellyanne Conway’s “clothing buy” remarks, further reflects Rep. Chris Collins’ apparent mindset that people who make a lot of money should somehow be exempt from any scrutiny – tax returns, stock purchases, etc.Instead of reading abo…

Founding Fathers had great wisdomThe more experienced I become, the more I appreciate the genius of our Founding Fathers in creating our Constitution. They sought to protect smaller states’ rights from the “tyranny of the majority” by giving them disproportionately larger representation in the Electoral College than their populations warrant. They also ensured checks…

Cultural tourists want authentic experiencesBuffalo’s African-American Heritage Corridor deserves to have its remarkable history told authentically, where visitors can reflectively and imaginatively engage in the exceptional stories represented on the 2.4-mile passage. An archway, life-size cutouts and other clutter assault the senses, leaving the stories to be told comp…

We need to take care of our own people firstWhile I am as concerned as most kindly disposed people are over the plight of the refugees seeking to find a home in the Buffalo Niagara region, I am even more concerned about the situation of the thousands of homeless single women in our own backyard.I have recently had a relative become homeless. She is 50 years old and unable …