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Elected officials happy to promote status quoThe media and our politicians are well-insulated from the cares of most Americans and are financially sustained by multinational corporations with copious advertising, lobbying and political contributions. This means the people who govern our nation are primed and motivated toward promoting the status quo. Moguls, who have a ves…

Let’s keep race, class in public conversationI was delighted to read The News article, “Improving life, block by block, in Buffalo neighborhoods,” but was surprised to find no mention of the social and racial dynamics in gentrifying communities.For example, how did residents react to a 27-year-old educated white woman spearheading a block club? How were the Burmese immigra…

Take profiteering out of health care equationThe provision of health care in this country has reached a medical and moral crisis. The Affordable Care Act is fiscally unsustainable, leaves millions still uninsured and places an undue burden on business owners. The original intent of this legislation seemed admirable at its inception, but the influence of pharmaceutical and …

Let’s get to work on St. Ann ChurchRecent letters regarding St. Ann Catholic Church, and its possible demolition, have expressed various viewpoints. One stated that European churches are maintained and preserved as national treasures. Another stated that a large, ornate building is not needed to contact God. These views differ, but are not necessarily diametric opposites.I…

Inept federal lawmakers don’t deserve to be paidWell, for once Chris Collins isn’t thinking about himself. The bill he introduced, putting congressional pay into escrow until Congress passes a funding bill, makes perfect sense. Even though he and the other federal lawmakers don’t need the paycheck, it still sends a message to the inept politicians in Washington. Because th…

Inspiring story should have been on front pageI love The News but sometimes take exception to the lead story on the front page. I was very disturbed to read the Sept. 19 story, “3 Accuse Buffalo Scout leader of abuse.” This alleged incident took place in 1967 and the alleged perpetrator is now deceased. I see no reason to present this disturbing story at this stage of an i…

Research participants are not ‘guinea pigs’The Sept. 16 “Discount Diva” column suggested that readers participate in clinical research studies to earn money – “like winning the lottery” for “being a guinea pig.”It’s important to understand that there are many types of clinical research studies. These are a class of studies that evaluate human behavior, dietary practices or…

Higgins helped return waterfront to the peopleThe gentleman who suggested that the waterfront park be named for Rep. Brian Higgins is absolutely correct. Many are taking credit for the renaissance of the Buffalo waterfront, but it was Higgins who negotiated with the Power Authority to return money earned in the Buffalo Niagara region to that region with the specification t…

Mass transit is essential for Niagara Falls tourismIn the Sept. 22 edition of The News, two items appeared relating to tourism in Niagara Falls. One was a letter in which the writer bemoaned tourists who said that there was nothing to do in the Falls and what was there was too far away, and the other was an Another Voice by Howard Zemsky noting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has d…

Buffalo should remain prominent in UB logoAlthough University at Buffalo Athletic Director Danny White, as a native of New Orleans, may have an “identity crisis” about the name of our local state university, I suffer from no such crisis.I was born in Buffalo, went to Buffalo elementary and secondary schools, attended the University of Buffalo and also taught at UB as an ad…

Ford wisely realized he had to share wealthAlongside freedom, one of the greatest privileges of living in the United States is the opportunity to parlay hard work into wealth. We still remain the land of opportunity even in challenging times. But once wealth is accumulated, it is incumbent on individual conscience, as well as government policies, what that wealth continues…

Last thing U.S. needs is Clinton in White HouseGood grief, can’t we do better than to re-enlist this “team”? Was it not so that on nearly all matters, Bill and Hillary Clinton were collaborative? And still are? Did it not include the suspiciously timed, wag-the-doggish bombings of Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan, killing and maiming innocents and thus fomenting some of the h…

Woman accused of stealing should be fully prosecutedFalsely soliciting funds for one’s own financial gain is a crime.The former treasurer of the Depew Saints Hockey Club has been portrayed by people who knew her as a nice person. Does a nice person steal money earmarked for a youth hockey organization?Her husband stated that she has a disease. Compulsive gambling may be a …

Adding a PR position won’t help city schoolsAll I can say is, holy cow! Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not a resident of the City of Buffalo. Henceforth, I don’t pay school taxes in the city. But I firmly believe that what happens in Buffalo impacts everyone in the metro area to some extent. Having thusly justified this rant, I’ll continue.I am no expert in …

Investing in our nation would save lives, forestsWhile watching a recent TV show, I was shocked to find out about the lack of federal funds provided to our brave firefighters who risk their lives to help save our nation’s forests. Specifically, the discussion centered around the terrible tragedy that recently took the lives of 19 firefighters. A call was made for backup ai…