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WASHINGTON – Inside a moon of Saturn, beneath its icy veneer and above its rocky core, is a sea of water the size of Lake Superior, scientists announced Thursday.The findings, published in the journal Science, confirm what planetary scientists have suspected about the moon, Enceladus, ever since they were astonished in 2005 by photographs showing geysers of ice crystals sh…

By Patrick KalerMuch has been said and written of late about the future of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center – and with good reason. At more than 35 years old, our convention center is among the oldest in the United States. It’s also among the smallest, ranking 78th of 88 centers nationwide.Despite these shortcomings, the center continues to serve as an economic engine…

Why no mention of God in ‘God Squad’ column?Calling all clergy! Report for duty! Your countrymen and women need you. Someone needs to take over “The God Squad” column that appears in the Saturday News.The March 29 column dealt with the difficulty of forgiveness. Although there was some folk wisdom in Rabbi Marc Gellman’s advice to create a “blah-blah relationship” with unf…

State should not cut mental heath servicesThe current proposed state budget calls for closing four prisons and several mental health facilities. This will only decrease mental health services throughout the state.As a result, New York residents’ safety will be at an increased risk. Why? Most recent high-profile shootings were committed by individuals who are mentally ill. …

By Caroline HenryA great deal has been written and said about Quasar Energy Group’s operations and intentions in Western New York. We respect and share the community’s concerns for public health and safety, but we weren’t prepared for the reaction, frankly, for two reasons:First, because land application of biosolids is not a new idea – it is well recognized as a safe meth…

Urge lawmakers to pass Child Safe Products ActI am writing in support of the Another Voice, “New York must act to protect children from toxic chemicals,” by Erie County Health Commissioner Gale R. Burstein, M.D. In it she strongly supports the proposed Child Safe Products Act that would disclose to consumers if the product contains chemicals of concern and eventually ban …

Editorials

The innumerable hard lessons learned following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, should serve America and its allies in the face of a possible growing threat.As recently reported, dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some midlevel planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months. American intelligence and counterterrorism officials have ind…

UB must offer details on Foundation fundsA key fact is missing from the discussion of University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi’s refusal to make public the details about University at Buffalo Foundation funds, as reported in The News on March 29. That fact is that UBF largely delegates decisions about spending and raising UBF funds to Tripathi.UBF Director Ed Schnei…

Opening day for the Buffalo Bisons in 1945 was an unhappy one for me. I sat in my sixth-grade class completely unable to understand why I should be kept in school on this day of days. I loved baseball, loved the Bisons and wanted to be part of the excitement at Offermann Stadium.Many years have flown by since then and while baseball itself hasn’t changed much, its culture …

Country needs to get its priorities in orderMy heart always breaks when I read or hear about the death of a firefighter or police officer in the line of duty, as just happened in Boston.My common sense is challenged when I hear the attacks on our hard-working and necessary public sector employees, such as teachers, sanitation workers, maintenance workers, city, town and st…

After the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament wrapped up here in Buffalo for the second and third rounds, the sports world should have gotten the message. Buffalo is ready for the big leagues.Or, any size league for that matter.The tournament spent three days in First Niagara Center, during which time more than 18,000 fans gathered and spent an estimated $5.2 million. They so…

Seniors being caught in the gambling webSeveral years ago, when I managed a couple of apartment buildings for low-income seniors, the Erie County Department of Senior Services decided to stop providing seniors with transportation to casinos. I was so in favor of this, it caused one of my family members surprise and, I think, disappointment in my lack of support for the sen…

Howard should uphold laws of New York StateImagine my chagrin reading that Sheriff Timothy Howard, the county’s top law enforcement officer, planned to travel to Albany on April 1 to participate in a National Rifle Association rally to protest the New York SAFE Act.Now, I may be mistaken, but isn’t it the job of the sheriff to enforce our laws? You know, do the job he was …

Music fest highlights teachers’ great workOn March 15, I had the honor of attending the 65th Annual All-County Music Festival presented by the Erie County Music Educators Association.I have been attending this festival for many years thanks to my two talented grandsons, who have participated in the chorus concerts each year. This year I attended the Junior High North SATB …

The Buffalo Bills made a pivotal move in Western New York’s favor in the appointment of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., to the New Stadium Working Group.Schumer’s presence on the 21-member panel works in huge favor of keeping the team right here. He is not only a U.S. senator, but he is one of the most powerful U.S. senators. Schumer has long been an influential presence …