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Old Lackawanna hotel serves its tenants wellThis is in response to recent letters concerning a former hotel in Lackawanna. I must take exception to the writer who referred to it as a “seedy apartment building.” While not to be confused with some luxury apartment building, the building seems well-maintained and the tenants I’ve encountered seem as decent as any other people…

We must reduce drug costs to curb Medicare spendingAs a senior retina surgeon in practice for 38 years, I need to respond to the April 10 News article titled, “Where the Medicare millions go.” Ophthalmology has one of the highest percentages of elderly patients among medical specialties. Common and expensive ophthalmic diseases occur in this age group, including cataract, …

New York should act to protect waterwaysThe Environmental Protection Agency is trying to clarify protection for the upstream waters vital to downstream communities. Proposed changes are to restore the streams and feeders critical to the health of New York State’s waterways to what they once were.Recently, an upstream farm’s liquid manure traveled down the Tonawanda stream,…

School Board choices were pleasant surpriseI was totally surprised by The News’ recent endorsements of Larry Quinn and Patricia Pierce for Buffalo School Board seats. This is not to say that these two candidates aren’t worthy, but the past liberal policies of our newspaper caught me off guard. It’s about time that The News finally took a stance by actually endorsing two in…

Article about parasites reminds me of CongressIn the April 27 News, I read that scientists “have identified a protein that causes zombie-like behavior in plants. Certain crops are vulnerable to parasites that take control of their hosts’ behavior, forcing them to act in their intruders’ interest.” This pathogen is transmitted by tiny insects called leafhoppers. Instead of …

Quinn’s campaign funding doesn’t bode well for schoolsLike bad pennies, circulating elites keep turning up. Those revolving doors of business leadership, political appointments and political campaigns often bring out some of the same well-financed faces.So it is with Larry Quinn, now a well-funded School Board candidate. The News reports that his “contributors included a W…

Hobby Lobby’s actions speak louder than wordsSo, Hobby Lobby doesn’t wish to pay for insurance coverage for abortions and birth control because of religious reasons. Does that mean it will no longer do business with China, which has a one child per family policy? Not only does it allow abortions, but if a Chinese woman is pregnant and already has a child, she’ll get a stat…

Mother Teresa’s works qualify her for sainthoodI searched online to find the works and achievements of Pope John Paul II and John XXIII as to what would make them worthy of becoming saints in such a short period of time. I also decided to look up Mother Teresa to see her works and achievements.A Noble Peace Prize laureate, Mother Teresa helped the poor and destitute people…

Uniting with Hamas further delays peaceIsrael has rightfully suspended its participation in peace talks in response to the announced unification agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. As a U.S. State Department spokesman commented, Israel can hardly be expected to negotiate with a deadly terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction.It was notabl…

Cemetery should not be used as a dog parkNo dogs should be allowed at Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg. The Field of Valor keeps getting bigger. The mausoleum is double in size. This is a cemetery. It’s not a toilet or exercise area for dogs! How many times have you seen dogs using the cemetery as a toilet?Have you ever been to any national or military cemetery? At Gettysburg,…

Government continues to abuse U.S. citizensThe recent seizure by the federal government of a woman’s tax refund for overpayments made to her deceased mother 37 years ago demonstrates the arrogant disregard our government has for its citizens. The seizure dances beyond the ridiculous to the absurd. It highlights an attitude by the government that, even when it has made the …

The race card can be played two waysA recent letter to this page, along with an op-ed column by Leonard Pitts, questioned whether President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder would be receiving the same disrespectful treatment they’re getting now had they been white. Both writers then went on to answer their own questions with a resounding no.I must say I agree. If Oba…

We must elect politicians who uphold ConstitutionI feel that it is totally incredulous that Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, is going to spend millions of dollars to “break the NRA,” an agency trying to protect the Second Amendment rights of the people who are lawful gun owners.There are so many other ways to put that kind of money to good use for society.…

Biodiesel has become American success storyThe Associated Press article published in the April 20 News, “Fuels from corn waste not better than gas,” includes what the Environmental Protection Agency has suggested are dubious conclusions about some potential energy sources. From our view, though, discussing our energy future, one important fact was overlooked – America’s fi…

Malone should rethink Catholic school closingsI am 99.99 percent sure that Buffalo Catholic Bishop Richard Malone realizes that the process that closed 10 Catholic elementary schools in our area was flawed. Regardless, it’s not too late for the bishop to right the wrong that has been done and allow the schools that have sent formal appeals to the Vatican to remain open pen…