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It could be quite refreshing if “letter” writers equating socialism with communism spent a little time removed from right-wing media, swallowing whole its contrived disinformation. Perhaps if curious, they might learn the difference between dredging fear and simply giving a leg up to many citizens having both feet on solid ground. Cable types I refer to are not, exactly, a…

Lord Kelvin said “When you can measure what you are speaking about … you know something about it …”Much has been opined concerning the record high water level of Lake Ontario. Rainfall, International Joint Commission failure, Plan 2014, etc. What is needed is data.Let’s see 25 years of data, by month, of Lake Ontario water level and Great Lakes Basin rainfall. Then we can …

The Buffalo News front-page article focused on suicide brings me to share my story. Our only daughter, a graduate of Michigan Law School and mother of five children, took her own life in December, 2017.She suffered, I feel, from the trauma associated with the loss of one child who died in her womb and had to be aborted. She was receiving excellent counseling and was on med…

The Buffalo News article on June 19, “Weather woes are causing corn farmers in Midwest to throw in the towel” should have been on the front page in bold type. Could America’s breadbasket of abundance be at risk? Might these extreme weather trends have long-term repercussions concerning our ability to feed the nation? Are the political leaders aware, concerned and have plan…

I am a member of a large international motorhome club. The New York State chapter held its annual rally in the Buffalo area to coincide with the tall ship festival. Members from all over New York State and as far away as California attended. We attended the festival on Friday.At the advice of the organizers, our group rented a bus. Since the event opened at 11 a.m., we wer…

We hear so much about the “New” Buffalo and the Buffalo renaissance. We talk about it in terms of resurgent neighborhoods, restored buildings and a residential downtown. That is not enough. Buildings are not a renaissance. People are.I took a picture on primary night. It is a picture of Mitch Nowakowski holding hands high in celebration with two African American women.Mitc…

The July 5 News photos and captions, “Spreading a symbol of liberty,” showing members of Boy Scout Troop 524 in Springville erecting and honoring our nation’s flag brought back memories of 30 years ago when my sons participated in “Project Old Glory” in Springville.Parents were enlisted to transport scouts and the flags early in the morning and again in the evening (to hon…

I wish to include another group into the “reparations” category, i.e. Catholics. Many have no idea of the prejudice that existed in early America; colonies that did not allow Catholics to vote, hold office, or for that matter, the Mass was even outlawed.There have been Catholics martyred in this country, not just by Native Americans, but by the Ku Klux Klan and other hate…

In a July 8 article in The Buffalo News the question was raised about undocumented immigrants being required to get driver’s licenses. While the debate of what to do about undocumented immigrants continues to rage on the national scene, local Republicans are demonstrating their ability to latch onto an emotional issue and ignore reality.Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns in …

We still continue to read about abusive police who mistreat the public etc. I was brought up to respect the police force and when I was a child to go to the police for help if I was in trouble.With that in mind, this past week I was stopped by a policeman for being on my cellphone and not wearing a seatbelt, both of which I was guilty. When the officer came to my car I was…

A driver’s license is essentially a form of regulation and a means of taxation, the sort of thing dear to any self-respecting bureaucrat’s heart.It puzzles me that so many of our public officials are objecting to issuing driver’s licenses to non-citizen immigrants.Perhaps they remember with nostalgia when as teenagers, gaining a driver’s license was a rite of passage, open…

Marc Thiessen’s July 6 column on Megan Rapinoe brought up some questions. When did it become illegal not to sing or stand for the national anthem? For some of us not singing it is more of a kindness to those around us.Thiessen said the athletes represent us. Did we vote for them? Are they part of our diplomatic corps? Are they part of a bureau of sport like it used to be i…

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…