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It was as if I was both deep within the darkest abyss and yet on the edge of a precipice. It was as if I was losing every basic instinct that keeps a person alive. It was inexorable that death would take me. As I write these words, I have enjoyed almost 20 years of wellness and happiness that never before had been mine because my husband intervened and insisted that I get …

NFL fans thought the kneeling nonsense was over. Team owners agreed to an $89 million “social justice package” negotiated by the Players Coalition, in hopes for assurances that every player would stand for the national anthem. Owners recently conceded to another demand that noncompliant players be allowed to remain in the locker room in protest during the anthem.Militants …

I find it ironic that “Make a lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it” was removed from Andover’s yearbook and the district was appalled and angered by this quote. When I read it, I assumed it was something that Donald Trump had said, not Hitler. Rather than forget the past we seem to be coming closer to it. I think this quote hits a raw…

“Populism is a little like pornography, in Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s characterization: it’s hard to define, but one knows it when one sees it.” – Hugh Gusterson, researcherPopulism, a movement that bears no conscience for self-restraint, is frequently given the benefit of the doubt by our media outlets, universities, and so on. Yet, the problem of the demagogu…

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR'S NOTE: We asked readers to respond whether we should change the comics following one letter writer's humorous but pointed opinion about the lineup of classic and contemporary offerings.  The response was overwhelming. Roughly 100 ... and counting. Here is a selection. According to this person’s opinion, the letter writer complaining about all the “tired” punc…

So the historic meeting between the leader of North Korea and the president was seen as an opportunity to chastise them both for their hair?What a pathetic statement this Michael Ramirez cartoon, published in the June 13 edition of the Buffalo News, makes. Focusing on the abstract will surely help normalize relations won’t it? Shame comes to mind. Richard G. PearceLockport

I never thought the day would come when I would be ashamed of my country. But that day has come.I cannot accept the mean-spiritedness of this administration. It is not who I am. Not only am I ashamed of this administration, I am ashamed of the Republican Party whose silence on immigration is deafening. I am sorry Tom Reed is my representative in the House.I am thankful for…

News staff reporter Keith McShea’s June 11 article on the dangers of Zoar Valley’s terrain to hikers didn’t tell of other incidents. I am speaking about the people who visit this area for other reasons which can turn out to have devastating consequences. On June 23, my precious and only daughter, Amanda, at age 22 became a homicide statistic while visiting Zoar Valley 21 y…

When I attended school, we regularly had fire drills. Fortunately, there was never a fire, but my schools made sure the students and administrators were prepared; knew what to do in the event of a fire.The Buffalo Bills are now in training camp preparing for the upcoming season. During the season they will (generally) play one game a week, have one day off to rest, and fiv…

Mark Twichell’s June 7 commentary (“Wind turbines threaten property values in Chautauqua”) fails to mention the overwhelmingly positive benefits wind power brings to rural communities.Wind projects bring new high-paying jobs both during and after construction, infrastructure investment, and new revenue for the community. In New York, landowners hosting wind turbines receiv…

The reporting on Buffalo’s murals as a public art effort acknowledges the pride in place we in the city have.Celebrating the neighborhoods within the 52 square miles of Buffalo also presents a valuable opportunity to highlight the neighborhoods as unique cultural resources.Specifically, Buffalo’s neighborhoods are a living atlas of American history and deserve protection a…

A recent letter implied that Catholics who are troubled by the priest sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church should look to another faith to ease their minds and find comfort. I beg to differ.If you want to leave the Catholic Church over this, or the fact that it doesn’t ordain women, go ahead and take the easy way out and leave. My faith means more to me than that …

President Trump is doing an excellent job of alienating the United States from the rest of the world. His childish behavior, name-calling, demanding everything, acting impulsively on matters of great importance, the stupid and embarrassing tweets, and all his idiotic behavior is doing nothing to make this country great.All it is doing is proving to the entire world that th…

The scathing report by the state Authorities Budget Office offers not only fair but trenchant criticism of the long-politicized Erie County Water Authority. It also validates the useful spotlight focused by The News on the authority’s entrenched failings.But the state’s recommendation that Jerome Schad, the authority’s new chairman, be replaced is an over-reach. It’s true …

A recent letter writer complained about environmentalists obstructing progress on the waterfront. There are many things wrong with this opinion.For starters, people are often confused about what constitutes progress. Building a new building isn’t necessarily progress. The writer is cheerleading for a millionaire who begs for taxpayer help to build a development that many c…