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Can it be possible that the United States is full? The working people pay taxes so high one would wonder, is working the best thing to do? Why? Because of welfare, free education and full prisons contributed big time by legal and illegal immigrants. Now liberals are crying about children being separated by the United States government. Just whose fault is that? Can it be p…

Growing up in Lackawanna in the 1970s was the best of times and the worst of times. In that mix of realities stood Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Even as kids, we marveled at its grandeur, but it could feel a bit outdated.Then, somewhere in my youth arrived Father Roy. He was the long-haired priest to whom every young parishioner could relate. I recall a retreat where Roy H…

In 2016, the Erie County Democratic Committee, despite groundswell support for Bernie Sanders, ignored the base of the Democratic Party and threw all their resources behind Hillary Clinton, leading to an energy drain that led to the current ridiculousness in the executive branch.Last week, despite the machinations of downstate Democratic Party establishment, a 28-year-old …

If you own a restaurant, or any other establishment that is open to serve the public, you have an obligation to serve all of the public regardless of your religious or political beliefs. Unless your patrons are being unruly, you should not have to ask them to leave.Your business depends upon your good will despite your personal feelings. Customers want to know that they ar…

When the Attorney General used a Bible reference to justify separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents, it brought to mind something that was floating around the internet a number of years ago. It was called “Why Can’t I Own A Canadian?” and it quoted Leviticus 25:44: “Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you …

According to the dictionaries, the term “trumped up” goes back to 1728 and means “fraudulently concocted” or “untrue and made up to punish someone unfairly.” It looks like the definition will have to be amended with a capital “T” to reflect the current president’s policies. The continuous blatant lies and character assassinations have brought new meaning to the words.Keith…

A recent letter on guns and schools prompts this response, not intended as a criticism, but rather a different perspective from an educator with 30 years teaching in a public high school. I begin with three indisputable statements.• There are no secrets in high schools. None. Information spreads like wildfire, especially now with social media.• Students are keen observers,…

Consider please the probabilities of regression and oppression under another Trump Supreme Court nominee with Justice Kennedy’s resignation. Gains made in human rights, labor rights, women’s right and civil rights will be lost. The balance of power will shift to the repressive far right Trumpists. Watch “The Hamdmaid’s Tale” on Hulu to see the logical outcome. The court wi…

The problem of sexual abuse is a societal issue. If one would like to compare the Catholic Church’s recent record to other institutions (education, government, Hollywood, media) or even other religious denominations then you would see a stark contrast.In a recent U.S. Catholic Bishops Report, there were only six substantiated Catholic clergy abuse charges in the United Sta…

I can’t think of a better comparison to the Democratic Party than an ostrich burying his head in the sand.The liberal left in all forms defy the truth and embrace factors of lies, bias and hatred. Just like that big bird they don’t want to see and believe President Trump is doing what our past administrations could not. He has not buckled under to the absurdity of the medi…

I have an important question as to what kind of a government are we now under. I hear it’s the party of Trump, so I guess the GOP is out. So are we under a party like Kim Jong-il or Joseph Stalin maybe Saddam Hussein?I know it’s not the government we had up until now. I know all government’s cannot always get it right but it looks to me like we are sure going the wrong way…

Marc Thiessen’s preposterous column against the Southern Poverty Law Center is a slimy (to us his word) hatchet job by a right wing writer. His words will never diminish the value SPLC has contributed to American society since its founding by Morris Dees.The exact opposite of what Thiessen portrays is the truth. The organization has been fighting against injustice, bigotry…

On June 26, the “News” published a letter that makes some claims that I think need to be examined:1) According to the letter writer, “Many, if not all” of families crossing into the United States from Mexico prior to the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, who were apprehended and released, “never returned for a hearing” to determine their asylum status. This is misl…

Why are New York taxpayers responsible for bailing out Lake Ontario homeowners that had damage to their properties as a result of high water?Didn’t the homeowners choose to build their homes on the lakefront? Why don’t they feel a responsibility to protect their properties from potential damage from the lake via property-owner’s insurance? If insurance companies aren’t wil…

There was a recent letter writer who said the United States has become an unpleasant and unsettling place to be. I couldn’t agree more.It starts with President Donald Trump. President Trump comes across to me as greedy, bigoted, divisive, arrogant, and frighteningly volatile. He is on his way to doing severe economic and foreign policy damage to this country.It’s time to s…