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Cannabis decriminalization rather than regulation, as endorsed by The News? Cannabis was decriminalized in New York in 1977. Since then, the state has led the nation in arrests and convictions of people of color for cannabis violations. That trend continued even as some jurisdictions instructed police to cease stop-and-frisk cannabis arrests.Although whites use cannabis at…

The shocking story on page one of the May 19 Buffalo News tells it all: “Buffalo police had marching orders not to arrest Catholic priests.” Other clerics were not protected. One police officer said this was the way things were done.Somehow Buffalo entered a no-arrest twilight zone where felons were allowed to influence their own court system. Maybe in Buffalo the Ten Comm…

A May 23 letter praises Sheriff Timothy B. Howard’s decision not to enforce the SAFE Act. This country has a long history of executives on the local, state and federal level cherry picking laws and court rulings they choose to enforce.Whether you approve or disapprove of this course of action it is contrary to our nation’s embrace of the rule of law.There are large segment…

Recently, I witnessed a simple yet amazing act of kindness. An elderly man approached a Buffalo police officer as she walked towards her patrol car. I could overhear him telling her that he was hungry and homeless.The young police officer quickly changed course, offering to escort the man into a nearby coffee shop so that she could buy him a sandwich and a cup of coffee. F…

Since the closing of the downtown Buffalo Swiss Chalet, I have been ordering the Swiss chalet sauce from Amazon. It tastes exact and I give it as gifts to people.Everyone missed Swiss Chalet. Of course, just the sauce as delicious as it is, doesn’t give you the whole experience of the restaurant. When Old Spain “was turned into a Swiss Chalet I use to have my children then…

I applaud the Buffalo Bills for not retiring number 32 and awarding it to a new member of the team. O.J. Simpson has long been an embarrassment and black eye to our city for being found responsible in a civil trial for murdering his wife and also for serving nine years in jail for armed robbery. I give the Pegula’s credit for making this decision and once they remove his n…

Bills fans all over the world lost a true compadre recently with the passing of Ezra Castro, aka Pancho Billa. He was a true fan, a rock in the foundation of the unmovable structure of Bills supporters dedicated to cheering on a team and an organization so vital to the psyche of this area and beyond.Some may find it hard to imagine a person so focused on a sports team maki…

The recent letter stating that the ongoing attempts at oversight by Congress, and the investigation resulting in what is called “The Mueller Report,” are distractions from the real issue.I am left wondering what the real issue is in the mind of the writer. Is it the fact that a well documented liar is proven to be paying for services rendered in covering up one of his; let…

I noted with interest an editorial in the May 17 edition of The Buffalo News, “Commonsense suffrage,” and would like to offer my views on this matter.I agree with The News that the bill mentioned in the editorial, which has been introduced in the state Senate to exempt school districts from a new state mandate to provide employees additional time off to vote, while providi…

The presidential primary election campaign has shown that progressive Democrat aspirants have no hesitation to criticize the systems and institutions that have made the United States what it is today.Beto O’Rourke called our version of capitalism “unfair, unjust, and racist.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the nation has plenty of money but it’s just in the w…

Dear President Trump, please recall the ships and planes headed toward Iran. Also, recall your adviser John Bolton. Let us get back to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement and give the Iranians the sanctions relief they were promised and have earned by following what they agreed to. That way we can all work toward reconciliation peace and prosperity. Th…

Do you think there is a connection between the gigantic student loan debt issue and the remarkably large salaries paid to college and university personnel? For example, we find multimillion-dollar contracts rewarded to athletic coaches at such institutions of higher learning as the University of Alabama, Clemson and Duke.Legal? Of course.Moral? You be the judge.Ron NowakWe…

When we read the news each day, often we confront very discouraging news. Children face unusually high rates of obesity; students have difficulty achieving third-grade proficiency; premature birth rates are disproportionately high and working poor families are challenged to secure higher wage jobs.For over 100 years, our community has benefited from an organization with it…

As we near another Memorial Day weekend I hope everyone appreciates and respects all those who served.As the saying goes “War is Hell.” And for anyone who served in a war zone no explanation is needed. I came home from a war zone 50 years ago April 20. As a 19-year-old Marine, I found myself in Vietnam fighting for my country and my own self-preservation. We were young and…