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Country should pursue expanded train travelGrowing up in the 1950s, it was not unusual to meet someone who had never flown in an airplane. Now, it seems just about everyone age 10 and older has flown. Yet sadly, a large number of people have never had the joy of riding a train, especially over a long distance. Yes, I am writing this on the heels of a very tragic, yet unusu…

We’d be much better off without Obama in officeJust imagine if President Obama had spent most of his first term in office concentrating on the economy rather than his poorly thought out and badly executed health care plan. Just imagine if he had allowed the oil pipeline to Texas to be built, and how many jobs could have been created. Just imagine if he did not push the was…

West Seneca’s secrecy over crash is appallingRecently West Seneca Democratic Chairman Daniel S. McParlane lost his life and Robert J. Styn Jr. has been charged with driving while intoxicated after a Nov. 27 crash on Indian Church Road. The ongoing media coverage concerning this accident, and in particular the efforts of The News to obtain public information well within the…

Police need to prepare for worst-case scenarioAfter three decades of law enforcement experience, I am compelled to write and address the issue of safety in our schools.The public expects law enforcement to intervene in acts of violence in our schools. It is imperative that every law enforcement professional, school security officer and elected official who provides funds f…

Join hands to create a more just societyDuring this season of goodwill toward all, let’s remember that charitable acts and giving are key to both becoming and helping others to become the gifts we are meant to be to our world. At the same time, such direct action is only one half of the needed equation in eliminating the wide scope and terrible human suffering caused by un…

Law already protects county-owned propertyErie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo is correct in stating, “We don’t need another invalid law,” in speaking about a law banning hydraulic fracturing on county-owned property. In 1993, I was part of a group that was able to enact the Erie County Parks Protection Law. This law was designed to prevent any destruction of our parkland,…

Region is fortunate to have Mercy FlightMost people in Western New York have a general understanding of Mercy Flight’s services and contribution to the region. However, it is often not until its existence directly impacts a person’s life that one becomes aware just how invaluable the organization is to the region.In an era where for-profit agencies and convoluted health ca…

SAFE Act is flawed, needs to be repealedThis letter is in response to the Dec. 9 letter regarding the NY SAFE Act.First off, the SAFE Act isn’t the will of the electorate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo rammed this law through at night, behind closed doors, without giving the legislators time to read and understand the law, and without the required three-day public comment period. That…

Quote about fishing is not from the BibleA recent letter claimed that providing social support for the poor was a disservice to them – discouraging them from getting jobs. The writer noted that this led to dishonesty and abuse of the system. He neglected to also note that wealthy people do the same – Bernard Madoff being an example.Furthermore, his statement that “If you g…

Difference between rules, home inspectors’ conductWhile I hold a Dec. 10 letter writer in the highest regard, I think there is a difference between the rules and the conduct of home inspectors. New York has laws intended to promote professional home inspection conduct. And the associations we join as home inspectors promote a code of conduct that should guide our actions. …

Our region already has many excellent teachersAs a student teacher supervisor at SUNY Buffalo State, I read with dismay The News article reporting that the Buffalo Board of Education has voted to bring the Teach for America program to the district, supplying up to 30 teachers a year.There are many reasons why this is not necessary. The biggest reason is that the Buffalo ar…

Obama was following Mandela’s fine exampleWatching the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, you have to admire the principles that he stood for. This was a man who epitomized forgiveness and reconciliation. He spent 27 years in prison for his beliefs. Upon his release, he was elected president of South Africa and at his inaugural reception he honored his jailers.I am very …

Install a fishing pier near former toll plazaI’d like to see the old Black Rock toll plaza on the Niagara Thruway turned into a fishing pier. There already are hook-ups for toilets and lights. Put in a short wooden pier for fishermen and make sure it’s wheelchair accessible.A tunnel or foot bridge could be built under or over the Thruway to allow people to walk in from Nia…

Follow Mandela’s example and start working togetherI write to implore for an end of the incredible divide of politics and ideologies that dominate our world, nation and Erie County.I am thrilled to have lived to see the praise of Nelson Mandela who, with his incredible powers of forgiveness and reconciliation, freed a people and a nation from the bondage of apartheid. Now …

Writer criticizing Watson shouldn’t twist his wordsAfter reading the Dec. 7 letter, “Entitlement programs keep people in poverty,” I find myself in the unusual position of defending News columnist Rod Watson. Like the letter writer, I often disagree with Watson, though not on this particular issue. I’d like to think that unlike the writer, I don’t have to twist Watson’s wo…