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America should not intervene in SyriaRecently there is talk out of Washington that we should intervene in Syria. We hear about the need to institute a no-fly zone, arm the rebels and the dreaded phrase: take military action. It still amazes me that after all our interventions – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – we still have the Dick Cheneys of this world beating the war…

Let’s step up efforts to spay/neuter catsKudos to Arthur Robinson who heart-trapped 14 stray kittens in his Buffalo neighborhood, took them to be sterilized and released them to where he found them.Two unaltered cats and their offspring can produce up to 450,000 unwanted, homeless cats in just seven years. Therefore, Robinson alleviated the suffering of potentially 3 milli…

Veterans won’t forget great show of supportLast month, The News published my letter, “Buffalo has a chance to re-create Gate 38.” Many of your readers made that happen! On June 15, Honor Flight Buffalo returned from its 12th flight escorting 26 World War II veterans to see their World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.Although our flight arrived well…

Religious schools play important roleAs a recent News editorial rightly claimed, “Religious schools are an important part of our educational equation” and families choosing to send their children to parochial schools should not expect public funding to subsidize religious schools.Due to struggles my grandson faced in his previous home environment, I have taken on the respo…

Why should we care what Cheney thinks?I am astounded. On June 16, Fox News asked Dick Cheney his opinion on whether or not Edward Snowden is a traitor. I’m not surprised at his opinion; I’m surprised anyone cares to ask.Remember, Cheney’s the guy who told the American people it was then certain that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. On “Meet the Press,” Chene…

Burgard principal has a heart of goldCheers to Burgard High School Principal Brian Wiesinger! I just finished reading the article in the June 21 paper about the remarkable act of kindness he bestowed on one of his students. He re-enacted the ceremony for a graduate who arrived late.After reading the negative reports about how bad the Buffalo School District is, this was li…

Church must speak against immoralityIn response to the letter, “Church should join the 21st century,” it is the church’s mission to teach. It is the obligation of bishops, priests, religious and laity to teach and speak out against immorality.“We are already awash in abused and hungry children. Where is the sanity and compassion?” asks the writer, apparently unconcerned th…

Airport has been around longer than most residentsAs I have been reading the articles about the Buffalo Lancaster Airport, it brings back great memories of my childhood. Back in the early ’70s, when I was a little girl, I used to call my grandfather up to ask if he could take us on an airplane ride with my siblings. He never refused, of course, unless the weather was bad. …

Cuomo must sign bill to deter puppy millsImagine if your beloved family dog were forced to spend its entire life in a tiny, cramped, wire-floored cage, stacked on top of one another, often outdoors, with no protection from the elements, sick, in pain and suffering but never receiving veterinary care or compassion.This is the reality for tens of thousands of dogs housed in …

Cuomo’s plan shifts burden to taxpayersI applaud Maureen Harding for her Another Voice in the June 19 News. The expenses of a local town, village, city or county don’t simply “go away” when the governor decides to give tax relief to a few. The costs are simply spread across a fewer number of taxpayers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is merely shifting a greater responsibility to the re…

Supervisor has no authority to stop hotel developmentIn response to a letter printed in the June 5 News, I must correct an often-repeated complaint directed toward myself and the Amherst Town Board from anti-development residents.As town supervisor, I have no authority to stop the development of the Iskalo Hyatt Hotel. The Town Board does not have any opportunity to vote o…

Real criminals rigged game against ManningLook in the mirror at what we have become. Are we like the Nazis in Germany in 1942? Are we like the Soviets in 1950? Pfc. Bradley Manning reported war crimes, which clearly indicated U.S. criminality, according to three articles of the Geneva Conventions.According to Nuremberg principles laid down by the United States, Manning was…

Offensive musical degrades Christians in the name of artI was lucky enough to get a ticket to see the much-acclaimed musical, “The Book of Mormon.” The music and choreography were wonderful, but that was all that was wonderful. As a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, I thought I had witnessed many things, but this absolutely took me by surprise. I was shocked and h…

‘Lever machines’ infringe on rights of disabled votersAfter 35 years of having another person in the voting booth with me, I again experienced the thrill of voting independently and privately because of the automatic marking voting machines instituted in recent years. However, due to the lesser importance placed upon school board budget votes, I am once again thrown into d…

Truth does not change with passage of timeI would like to respond to the June 16 letter, “Church should join the 21st century.” The tone of the letter was very insulting and offensive to all Catholics.The laws of nature are binding to everyone and they are defined in the 10 Commandments. The fifth commandment is “Thou shall not kill.” Destroying the child in the womb is mu…