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Bring the food trucks to Southtowns parksI loved reading about the 15 food trucks traveling about the city and the diverse food they offer. How about extending their services to the Southtowns parks? I would love to see a few of them at Wendt County Park or Bennett Beach. Neither has a concession stand, and you can’t get a drink of pop at either of these parks, much less f…

No need to get upset about a religious adI would like to respond to a letter in the July 9 Everybody’s Column titled, “Time to bring back ‘E pluribus unum.’ ” The writer stated that “he and his companions were offended the The News would print such an ad, even though it was paid for.” He was referring to the July 4 ad that had numerous religious quotes from many historical…

Perhaps Williamsville should install zip linesAfter reading The News piece on the transformation of the area around the Williamsville water mill, I checked to see if it had been written by Dave Barry.In an incredible proposal hailed by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper as “a model of green infrastructure and design,” residents and visitors will be able to “spend their weekends b…

It’s obvious why church has lost its political cloutDouglas Turner’s lamentation over the Catholic Church’s lack of political clout turns a blind eye to the silliness and inconsistencies of the bishops when they enter political waters under the guise of religious freedom.Name a Catholic who hasn’t used a Catholic hospital and felt the administration was more concerned with…

Quit bullying Rumore and Buffalo teachersIf The News really wants to see the Buffalo Public School District excel, it needs to start promoting a workable solution to the education crisis in the city. It can start by stopping its and Carl Paladino’s attacks on Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore. Rumore is the elected president of the teachers union and not th…

Bishop right to lament ruling on gay marriageI feel compelled to respond to the letter stating that Bishop Richard Malone’s statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act is offensive to many.Malone was right on target. His views are not intolerant, exclusive or discriminatory. The bishop is merely espousing Catholic Church te…

Send ‘Prickly City’ creator back to the drawing boardI understand the rationale for trying to balance any perceived political leanings on the comics page, but “Prickly City” is either giving conservatism a bad name, or showing the movement’s true character. It is mean-spirited, shrill, shallow, repetitive, factually erroneous, boringly predictable and solely political.“Doo…

News did a great job with Civil War seriesRefresh editor and reporter Scott Scanlon is to be congratulated for his remarkably well-written and well-researched series on Buffalo’s contributions to the Union victory at Gettysburg, fought 150 years ago last week. Owing to diligent investigation that involved on-site reporting, his four-part series presented material about Get…

Health system creates more costly red tapeKnock, knock. Who’s there? Hospitalist. Hospitalist who? (Dead silence.)I recently spent two days in an area hospital and heard a new word that I can’t find in my dictionary or in my spell checker. There seems to be one more new level of health care and all the expenses that entails.It was explained to me that a hospitalist is a pr…

NCCC retirees are extremely fortunateI am writing about the article in the June 30 paper concerning the Niagara County Community College retirees who are dissatisfied because the school refused to pay the entire Medicare Part B amount of $104.90. These poor individuals have to shell out a whopping $8.50 a month themselves!I would give my eye teeth if I had to pay this triv…

It appears millions will lose insuranceHow many times in the last three years have you heard President Obama’s statement that no one will lose his medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act? Now consider what was written in the July 4 News under the heading “Surprise delay in mandate roils health debate.”This article mentions that the law requires companies with more …

St. Ann’s Church is worth preservingPeople who pray at St. Ann’s are standing on holy ground. Once the neighborhood of candidate for sainthood Father Nelson Baker, St. Ann’s has produced countless priests, sisters, doctors, lawyers, executives and teachers. Former mayors Frank Schwab and Jimmy Griffin frequently attended Mass at St. Ann’s.Priests are ordained to preach, to…

Silver should pay his own legal billsGov. Andrew Cuomo promises the Moreland Commission will bring charges against whomever has broken the law, but the practical matter and cynical side of me says Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will walk away without facing criminal charges and we the people will have to pick up the legal defense bills for civil suits.Public Officers Law …

Plan will address climate instabilityThe News deserves credit for its attention to climate instability. I do respectfully take issue with some of Douglas Turner’s column of July 1.True, we cannot solve the problem of fossil fuel emissions alone, certainly not without action by China. But China is already acting, and is ahead of us in the development of clean energy. Moreov…

Time to bring back ‘E pluribus unum’At our family’s Fourth of July celebration, one of our dozen guests brought up the publication of the paid advertisement on page three of The News that day. It caused a spirited debate, one in which everyone took exception to the ad. I was designated to write a response in protest.My companions and I were offended that on July Fourth The…