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Student athlete denial is a shameful act by the stateI am writing in response to the front page story about David Gorczynski’s denial to run as a member of the Orchard Park High School cross country team his senior year due to an age restriction imposed by the state.Everyone involved in making this determination should be embarrassed and ashamed. My children have run cross…

Detroit has much in common with what is happening hereOne thing that struck me from Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s statement, “I wish there had been a lot more outrage over the past 10, 20 years.” As someone who lived in the Detroit area nearly 20 years ago, I know what he means. That city’s similarities to Buffalo are eerie. With the high ra…

Pitts is wrong on Snowden and his place in historyPerhaps Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts is right when he argues that Edward Snowden is no hero – because, according to Pitts, Snowden is evading punishment by “going to Venezuela.” My question for Mr. Pitts is, “Then what is he? What is Mr. Snowden?”Pitts insinuates that Snowden failed to act out of conscience, and out…

Speaking out against racial bias is necessaryJuror B37 in the George Zimmerman case was recently quoted as saying Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” in attempting to stop crime in his neighborhood. The juror also said that she was sure Zimmerman feared for his life on the night he shot Trayvon Martin. We are left to conclude that the jury made the correct decision …

Stopping hotel project will only halt progressHere we go again. Another group protesting progress in this area. The reason would be to once again hold onto the past and to deter businesses and visitors from wanting to pump in much-needed money for our area. Really?The one protester in the July 17 story “Amherst residents get a win as judge halts work on Hyatt Place” is hol…

Congress should ensure jobs do not go overseasMore bad news regarding the American economy: Detroit declares bankruptcy. In addition, what have we experienced all over America: Schools closing, churches closing and merging, population declines, businesses closing left and right, the ability to save money being negatively impacted, unemployment continuing at record levels a…

Write about humane trapping of wildlifeWhen I read The News article about woodchucks, I shuddered. I learned Buffalo’s trappers “euthanize in accordance to Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.” While many wildlife experts have declared drowning to be cruel, DEC spokesmen have expressed the opposite. For example, when asked by a reporter about Amherst beave…

State needs to invest in solar and wind energyChautauqua County and Dunkirk residents have benefited from the tax revenues received from the operation of the Dunkirk Power Station since the 1960s, and now the Public Service Commission must decide to either close it or convert it from coal to gas.At a PSC hearing in Dunkirk last week, angry officials and residents complaine…

Cuomo should focus efforts on inept political systemThe News reports how Gov. Andrew Cuomo has formed a Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Recent incidents illustrate the main problem is corruption involving state politicians.In America’s political system these individuals are private contractors representing their political parties. Their responsibility is to di…

Rolling Stone cover shows true reflection of terrorismThe recent Rolling Stone magazine cover that shows Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looking like he could be in a boy band has caused a lot of people to criticize Rolling Stone for putting him on the cover in the first place and for making him look so glamorous and innocent.What most people do not grasp is this …

Trayvon Martin could have done things differently, tooIn answer to the July 17 letter about “Zimmerman’s poor choice,” Zimmerman had a reason to be where he was and a reason to ask Trayvon why he was there. All Trayvon had to do was say “My name is Trayvon Martin, I’m here because…” It seems simple enough. It’s what I would have done. I would have understood why he asked, …

‘Stand your ground’ argument ignores the important pointIn response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal, many, including Eric Holder and The News’ editorial board, are calling for a prompt review of “stand your ground” laws. These statutes allow for the use of force when a person feels under threat but carry little, if any, obligation to attempt to avoid conflict. This reactio…

Zimmerman brother offers little hopeI was listening to an NPR Sunday morning interview of Robert Zimmerman Jr. on his brother’s (George Zimmerman) rough road ahead. Robert Zimmerman Jr. said it will be difficult and he was worried that “someone might want to take the law into their own hands.” Really? Insensitivity like this gives me little hope that our intolerant nation …

Rampant government growth is destroying our freedomPresident Obama has stated the goal of fundamentally transforming the country. Liberals are forcing their agenda on this nation, bit by bit. The so-called wealthy pay significantly more in income tax and the bottom half of income earners pay no income tax. Almost 30 percent of people are on food stamps and other welfare …

Page’s column on abortion misses an important pointResponses to the Texas legislature such as the one penned by Clarence Page on July 10 make me wonder if we have lost sight of what is really at stake here. If one Googles “stages of pregnancy” you can see a picture of a pregnancy at 20 weeks. Then Google “late term abortions” to understand what happens if that pregnancy is…