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The Jan. 5 letter writer asks us to reflect on our own family origins. All four of my grandparents came to America about 100 years ago – legally.My Irish grandmother needed to be sponsored, and to have a job lined up for her before she was allowed to enter. She waited years for those criteria to be met, then sailed for Ellis Island. My Irish grandfather couldn’t enter when…

Dear people, this shutdown is ridiculous.In past years when the New York State Legislature could not get their act together to pass a budget, state troopers and corrections officers still got paid.College professors, like my father and brother at least got paid in scrip, New York State issued IOU’s which storekeepers knew would eventually be made good. Why cannot our Unite…

After World War I, Hitler wanted to make Germany great. The Nazi Party advocated extreme nationalism and anti-Semitism.Hitler was appointed chancellor and through the Enabling Act was virtually assured he could constitutionally exercise dictatorial power without legal objection. It was autocratic government.Later after World War II a wall was constructed and the Cold War y…

A recent letter writer pointed to the natural effects of water vapor and carbon dioxide in the greenhouse effect on earth, and to the fact that climate change has been happening as long as earth has been in existence. Both of these are correct statements.In fact, natural climate change has been a topic of scientific research for around 200 years. Earth scientists have char…

New Yorkers were treated to a gratuitous display of progressive back patting at Barnard College on Jan. 7. Flanked by failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo trotted out his personal collection of far-left acolytes to worship at the altar of his “reproductive health” agenda. For New Yorkers still operating on the basis of reason, one useful i…

Western New York has done and continues to do a wonderful job of recycling paper, bottles, cans and metals which otherwise might end up despoiling our natural and man-made environment.Plastic grocery and other plastic shopping bags, as well as plastic cups and straws, are difficult to recycle. They are often seen blowing in the wind from landfills, shopping centers and pic…

Back in 2011, I wrote a letter to The Buffalo News that appeared in Everybody’s Column under the headline “Western New York should complete local greenway.” That headline is just as relevant today.In the letter, I stated we needed to “connect the dots” of our existing local trails by using abandoned railroad beds to create new trails that link to hubs – tourist destination…

I have two comments:I may be old-fashioned but a freshman congresswoman who, in a public domain, uses a profane word to describe a sitting president should be allowed to serve as one of the country’s leaders.Second, the will provide hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to American manufacturers. Let us forget the hate and start acting like adults.David A. SchichtelEa…

The News has done a good job of reporting to the public both heroic and disgusting behaviors by local law enforcement. I fully agree with the Jan. 6 North Tonawanda writer who wants Deputy Kenneth P. Achtyl fired.It was also heartening that Judge William Skretny was forthright in condemning the Buffalo officer who physically abused suspects.That said, there is much more of…

No one has ever accused our comrade-in-chief of not thinking big, but in this latest demand for a border wall, he is doing just that.Why stop at just a wall? Why not dig a moat and fill it with alligators? And since the United States is climbing the ranks in crude oil production, why not some vats to boil the oil to pour on those able to breach the moat? We could station c…

Wow! Congratulations to Comptroller Mark Schroeder.What a New Year’s gift to a deserving public servant. A big promotion to head the New York State DMV. What’s interesting is the timing. With thousands of qualified candidates in New York State local, county and state employees, why Mark Schroeder? No secret that Schroeder has been an excellent watchdog over the spending o…

While reading the recent disheartening New York Times article published in the Dec. 30 News about overt hostility toward gay Catholics by some fellow Catholics in San Diego and Chicago, I am utterly dismayed. How can these practicing Catholics be so oblivious to the central message of Jesus, to be kind and loving to all people?While he walked this earth, Jesus made a speci…

Some New York State politicians want to legalize the use of recreational marijuana since it will increase revenue, sales tax benefits and fewer people would be jailed because they were using/selling marijuana illegally.Read Healthline, Newsweek and see all the costs of legalizing marijuana, such as increased cost of law enforcement due to drugged driving incidents, increas…

I believe that Josh Allen from the Buffalo Bills is another Jim Kelly, a quarterback we needed. Had it not been for the injury he had with his arm, we might have been in a better position today. So be it,The manager made the best decision to keep Allen out until he was 100 percent. Thanks to Buffalo’s managers.Now for next year, we are looking for that better position and …

We have D’s for Democrats; R’s for Republicans, now we demand an old-fashioned way to assign letters for our so-called leaders, the letter is “F” for failure.How far has this country come from the concept of putting the country first? Is the new way to govern, “P’s” for severe partisanship? It appears to me that fighting against every idea of the president is childish and …