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A school year’s conclusion is usually met with great anticipation of the future by thousands of students and families across Western New York and New York State. However, as a retired special education teacher I am greatly concerned about students with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who will graduate in June. Hopefully, these students have applie…

Our Constitution reads: “… and he [the president] shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”Through social media, our president has announced his belief that he can pardon himself.I believe with such an idea he could never be impeached because he would block any impeachable offenses with his …

They roared in from the sea in order to destroy the Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The very next day, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to a joint session of Congress. “Yesterday, Dec. 7th 1941, a date that will live in infamy, the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the combined naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” Thus began…

Donn Esmonde’s Viewpoints piece about the “better way” to create the Buffalo rail station downtown is so correct!We drove down to the Exchange Street location and we were shocked at how horrible it is. We then drove around the area and agreed the Washington Street Tim Tielman design is far superior and exciting.Some questions should include: where is the parking, the need …

It is obvious that Gov. Andrew Cuomo hates guns and gun owners. He rammed through the SAFE Act with a message of necessity in order to get it passed without any input from law enforcement, mental health experts and citizens. It was filled with flaws and allows the confiscation of guns without due process by false reports and opinions of unqualified persons.Now he wants to …

In November 2016, television personality Samantha Bee made the racist statement that white people ruined America. TBS rewarded her with the renewal of her show for another season.The rapper known as Snoop Dogg made a video in which he murders the president of the United States, but that didn’t prevent him from being hired as the host of an overhyped game show.Joy Behar cal…

The NFL is a business and, like any business, it has its policies. I don’t care who you work for, if you break the rules, chances are you are going to be either reprimanded or, worse, fired, plain and simple.The owners of these teams are the players’ bosses. If players don’t like the rules, quit and go get a job in the real world and see how you like it. The fans pay good …

Open memo to NFL players and fans: Now that the league has buckled to presidential badgering and barred kneeling as a peaceful protest, perhaps it is time to consider an alternative for players and fans who have social concerns to express in accordance with the First Amendment right to free speech.Stand during the national anthem, bow your heads and clasp your hands in pra…

I just finished reading a New York Times article published in The Buffalo News about a school in Pennsylvania handing out bullet-resistant shields that fit nicely into students’ backpack as gifts meant to prepare them for their transition to high school.Think about that for a moment. We have now turned educating our children into providing them with military-style gear and…

It is that time of the year for flower and vegetable gardens. Consumers will be buying top soil to improve the condition of the soil in their gardens, especially clay soil.The commercial top soils are also said to contain about one-tenth of one percent nitrogen and similar levels of phosphorous and potassium – three major plant nutrients. A typical commercial fertilizer co…

So now President Trump finds the NFL’s new policy of allowing players the option to remain off the field during the national anthem to be unacceptable. He is very likely ignorant of the fact that school kids do not have to participate or even stand for each morning’s recital of the Pledge of Allegiance ever since the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for sch…

Flying the flag and standing for the national anthem are very small indicators of true patriotism. The real tests are much more demanding. Let’s take a look at President Trump’s grades for true patriotism.Patriotism costs blood and money. Trump still has not revealed his taxes. He claims they are being audited! Not paying your taxes is a surefire way to weaken the military…

Two op-eds written by Kathleen Parker, which appeared in The News, caused me unease. One addressed the truths about high-stakes horse racing (hot on the heels of the Kentucky Derby) and the second, the horrific practices of horse slaughter and its synergistic dance with horse racing.Also printed in The News, in May, was a story from the Washington Post reporting that the U…

On the topic of gun violence and mass shootings we see so much of lately, I have a solution that will work. Get the AK and AR assault weapon garbage off the streets.At the time of the Second Amendment, guns were single shot for hunting, protection and to prevent overthrow by a foreign government. To me that purpose should remain the same. If someone cannot hit a deer or in…

After reading Neil Irwin’s June 1 article in the business section of The News, a simple conclusion was easy to achieve. As the senior economics correspondent for the New York Times, I would expect more than a Grim Reaper approach to his shortsightedness view on President Trump’s steel and aluminum products tariffs.Irwin definitely has the $15-an-hour “burger flipper” menta…