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Americans fail to learn from mistakes of pastThey say that history repeats itself and that we can learn from the mistakes of the past. But in today’s America, neither axiom seems to be followed. Didn’t Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft pass legislation to eliminate monopolies and trusts to protect the free-market law of supply and demand?And yet we see …

Many would benefit from learning a tradeAn article in the March 2 News proves that students should invest their tuition money wisely.If you invest in a four-year college and leave without a degree, you will likely default on your student loans. If you default, you will also be unlikely to ever own a house or a car. Your job prospects will dim and your pay will drop. If you…

Krauthammer ignores reality of climate changeAfter reading Charles Krauthammer’s recent op-ed, “Settled science is a myth,” one has to wonder about the real intentions of the writer other than to take a gratuitous swipe at the president. Krauthammer’s entire poorly developed premise seems to be that since science can never really be considered to be settled on a particular…

Injured workers deserve to be fairly compensatedImagine being a hard-working New Yorker with a family of four and a job that just barely supports them. Now, imagine you are hurt at work and forced to survive without any income while your company’s insurance carrier tries to determine if you were really “hurt at work.” The insurance carrier makes you go to endless doctor ap…

Don’t let poor leadership derail Buffalo’s progressConstruction cranes pepper the Queen City’s skyline with a sparkle I have not witnessed in my nearly 30 years of life as a Western New Yorker. News stories detail the choices by robust private sector companies to locate and create jobs in Buffalo. The governor continues to deliver on his promises to develop the region.Hope…

Big dogs are friendlier than many small onesMan’s best friend is not in the vocabulary of the majority of homeowners associations in Florida when it comes to large-breed dogs that are over the sacred threshold of 20 to 30 pounds. We have been looking for a winter retreat to either buy or lease. The problem is that Sadie, our Labradoodle, is not welcome. Sadie is well-behav…

Rude remarks about bishop undermine Catholic valuesThe author of a Feb. 22 letter stated that Bishop Richard Malone’s decision to close St. Mary of the Lake School is unjustified. “Rather than promoting Catholic education and values, Malone has sabotaged and crippled them.”What’s unjustified is the writer’s uncharitable remarks about the bishop, not the closing of the scho…

Disabled sex offenders being unfairly vilifiedWe are writing on behalf of the board and members of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). We are an organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. We help people speak up for themselves and others.With this letter, we are speaking up for eight men with developmental disabilities who have…

Use portion of funding to improve Metro RailRegarding the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s difficulty in obtaining funds to maintain Metro Rail, it occurred to me that, given the key role that transportation plays in the expansion of the Medical Corridor and downtown housing, shouldn’t we be using a portion of the so-called Buffalo Billion for this purpose?If an…

IBM deal is socialism dressed up as capitalismWhile the cold in Buffalo feels like a Russian winter, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s IBM announcement makes me think I am living in the Soviet Socialist State of New York.The logic behind the IBM deal is absurd. Businesses will not locate in New York State because it has one of the highest tax rates in the country. However, with $55 mill…

Fruit Belt residents are still waiting for answersCongratulations to University at Buffalo School of Architecture Dean Robert Shibley on his recent honor. But just in case Colin Dabkowski’s statement, offered whimsically tongue in cheek, that “Buffalo is Robert Shibley’s city. We’re all just living in it,” is accepted by some residents, I have to respond because I find no …

Endless possibilities exist for Skyway reuseA recent letter suggested rethinking the Skyway as a recreation site rather than tearing it down. Lest you think there is only one “crazy person” out there subscribing to such a notion, there are at least two more – my wife and myself, and in fact I proposed considering this scenario at a meeting the letter writer attended.Think …

OLV, Botanical Gardens can reinvent LackawannaSeveral years ago, I attended a lecture with my son Mark at Canisius College. The speaker was Jack Schultz, CEO of a company that has several missions, including ways to develop businesses in small towns, some who lost their major employer and taxpayer. That was the central theme of his lecture, as well as his book, “Boomtown U…

Environmentalists care about humanity’s survivalSome people say that concerns over global warming are merely hype created by big environment; that environmentalists create fears to justify their organizations. Speaking for myself, it would be great if global warming wasn’t real. I would rather just focus on chasing the dollar; people depend on me. I would much rather not h…

Another Voice writer is misinformed on abortionNo matter what one’s opinion is on current New York State law that allows abortion up to 24 weeks’ gestation, we believe it is important that what is being proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and now being espoused by Sen. Timothy Kennedy is understood in plain and simple terms regarding “late term” abortions. Unfortunately, Corinne…