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I recently renewed my driver’s license and decided to get the new REAL ID. I have a valid U.S. passport and just received a renewal on my NEXUS, so I have been vetted by two United States government agencies.To get the REAL ID, I needed a birth certificate, marriage certificate and proof of residence (like a utility bill, not a phone bill) because utilities are in my husba…

I have met former Vice President Joe Biden and greatly respect him. However, he should withdraw from the Democratic presidential race. I do not believe his heart is in it. Especially after his son Beau’s passing and the issues involving his son Hunter. He has really lost a step or two. His debate performance was dismal, he is dropping like a lead balloon in the polls. Just…

There was a very telling moment on the second night of the Democratic presidential debates. This occurred when Sen. Kamala Harris challenged former Vice President Joe Biden on why, as a senator in the 1970s, he opposed “forced busing.” Biden’s response was that at the time, he didn’t oppose busing.What he opposed was the Department of Education (i.e., federal government) i…

I have never written a letter to an editor before but I felt compelled to do so because of the negative news coverage on Channels 2 and 4 regarding the tall ship festival. (Channel 7 was not viewed.)In five minutes or less, both stations chose to report that the lines were long, the weather hot and that it was disorganized instead of what was a most wonderful and thrilling…

All the excitement of the Basil Port of Call Buffalo tall ships’ visit called to many thousands of Western New Yorkers. Inspired by the patriotic significance of the holiday and the opportunity to give their children a good look at ships of the past, they braved the heat and crowds to join the party.The idea was great, even for a family that was not prepared or able to spe…

How long do you suppose it will take to undo the constant damage done to our democratic republic by Kim Jong Don T (aka Donald Trump)? From his shameless July Fourth campaign speech and military parade at the Lincoln Memorial, to his messing with the census in a transparent attempt to counter the brown vote, to his shameless treatment of immigrants and vulnerable children,…

The recent nonsense concerning Nike and the 13-star American flag sewn by Betsy Ross is political correctness on steroids. Just because a disgruntled former NFL player says they are offensive to him since at the time the flag was created slavery existed in our country, the sneakers should be pulled off the shelves. Nike cowered.Using this line of thinking, since Thomas Jef…

Time and again I am disappointed to find how easily people become distracted by the smallest things while disregarding the larger issues.Case in point, the furor over Nike deciding not to sell a shoe with the Betsy Ross 13-star version of the American flag on it.They’re mad at Nike because they pulled the plug on it. They’re mad at Colin Kaepernick for saying it represents…

Many years ago, New York City created a public park, the High Line, which was built over an historic abandon rail line high above the street level. The line runs from 12th St. to 34th St. Folks enjoy the gardens and absorb New York City.Timeout.com notes, “The High Line is one of the most unique parks and popular attractions for its curation of events and activities.”New Y…

I recently read an article about ex-Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele wherein he stated how he can tell when Donald Trump is lying. Steele said that when you hear Trump say “I heard” or “people say”, that that is a tip off that a lie is forthcoming. In that same article late night host Jimmy Kimmel is quoted as saying that you know Trump has just lied w…

As somebody who was actively involved with waterfront development and event planning at Canalside, I was thrilled to see the great success of the recent tall ships event. I believe I speak for many when I say that the mostly volunteer community should be applauded for successfully completing the monumental task of the planning and roll out of one of the largest festivals o…

It’s amusing to me how the USA soccer team “leader” Megan Rapinoe has politicized and is crying about women’s soccer players not being paid as much as men pro soccer players.The market supports men’s soccer much more than women’s. More people buy tickets, more businesses spend ad dollars on men’s soccer and the sport is more popular when men play it.What does this mean? It…

The issue of gun violence in the country has been intense, especially since the mass shootings that have taken place during the recent past. The question of how to control gun violence is consistently on the agenda of legislative bodies, public forums, newspaper editorials and letters to the editor.Among the ideas proposed are having armed guards in schools, the arming of …

We are fortunate to have courageous public servants like Mickey Kearns and Stefan Mychajliw who will stand up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring proper attention to a law that is counterproductive to the citizens and taxpayers in New York. That is the Green Light law that allows undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license.Cuomo not only desires to have felons have the rig…

The New York Times article printed in the July 9 Buffalo News on greater calm in the West Bank (actually Judea and Samaria) veered off the rails in a couple of respects. The article accused Israel of being “intransigent” yet history does not back up the claim.In fact, Israel has offered the Palestinians their own state multiple times, most recently in 2000, 2001, 2008. Pal…