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It’s time to come clean on CIA’s use of tortureSen. Dianne Feinstein is troubled by the covert invasion of her Senate Intelligence Committee’s privacy by the very organization her committee is deemed to oversee: the CIA. Seems the CIA was troubled by the determined prying of the committee into torture practices found when it reviewed 6 million documents relating to the tec…

Executives’ salaries are outrageously high“Greed is good,” according to Gordon Gecko in “Wall Street.” Well, let’s welcome those executives at Time Warner Cable, soon to be Comcast, to the club. Lucrative stipends in excess of $135 million will be awarded to as few as four men, one of whom was with the company for less than a year before the merger was announced.How much i…

Cuomo’s budget proposal attacks local governmentsIn New York State, we are now observing a misinformed governor undermining representative local governments in the name of cost savings and lower taxes. His budget proposal presses various financial levers to diminish the viability of the last bastions of self-government available to New Yorkers – villages and towns.How dare…

Flood plan also needed for Cattaraugus CreekIt has been 25 years since the Army Corps of Engineers built the breakwaters at the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek. At that time, the Corps agreed to dredge the area every five years. It hasn’t been done once, causing the buildup of sediment. This, in turn, leads to more and higher flooding in the Sunset Bay area.Reading in The News …

By Jeff WellsRecent graphic images of dead and dying ice-covered birds along Buffalo’s waterfront gave startling testament to the impact the dreadful cold this winter’s polar vortex has had on wildlife.The birds, waterfowl whose feeding areas have progressively shrunk as more and more of Lake Huron has become covered in ice, included larger than usual numbers of species li…

If you make better cars, Americans will buy themI noted with interest the letter writer who chided those for buying foreign automobiles. While I agree with the writer that buying American cars preserves American jobs, I also work very hard for my money.With that said, I have owned new American automobiles since 1987. Within the first eights months, that first car went back…

The iconic Statue of Liberty, positioned in New York Harbor to welcome those entering the United States, stands as a symbol of what’s best about our country and the freedom it has offered so many.But it was only when I visited Lady Liberty for the first time recently that I discovered something else she represents: an early example of crowdfunding. A display in the museum …

It’s obvious Brown isn’t up to challengeI very much agree with the March 22 News editorial regarding School Superintendent Pamela Brown. After 30 years of teaching, I have seen my share of teachers and superintendents who made it their business to be on top of things and some who were not. The proof was in the results. “It has come to my attention” is a red flag when used …

It’s time to deregulate education in AmericaHaving The News, an institution protected by the First Amendment, admonish parents for a peaceful act of civil disobedience is hypocritical. (See March 20 editorial, “Testing shouldn’t be an option.”)Many of us see the mandates for curricula, student testing and teacher evaluation as modern tyranny by an unresponsive government. …

Stop forcing animals to perform for humansThe big top – that’s where the “magic” happens, or so we are told. While the show may be entertaining, with its bright colors, sounds and animals galore, it comes at a high price for the animals used in circuses across the country.Many circus representatives will defend their use of animals because they claim the animals are “well …

Kennedy’s about-face shows lack of characterWith all the press State Sen. Tim Kennedy is getting regarding his statement that he has “evolved” on the issue of abortion, it is fairly obvious that The News will endorse him come election time.Now, embraced by the pro-choice movement, Kennedy has forsaken his religious beliefs for a chance at another term in the State Senate. …

Circus elephants are subjected to crueltyI, too, was disgusted with the circus elephant picture in The News. While living in Tanzania, East Africa, for five years, I traveled on more than 200 safaris to watch these magnificent creatures. Elephants are the most regal, trusting and innocent animals I have ever witnessed. They have strong family values. These values are their…

Superintendent needs to be removed quicklyI am thoroughly disgusted with the administration of the Buffalo Public Schools. When the superintendent is unable to make sure that her assistants have the proper certification, it is beyond time for her to resign. One wonders whether she was in fact aware, but chose to ignore the situation in order to place her close friends in d…

‘Sit and stare’ policy is epitome of wasteI was shocked by The News editorial on state testing and “sit and stare” policy. I have been a public school teacher for 25 years, and if I applied such a policy in my classroom my administrators would be furious with me.How can The News support such a waste of taxpayer dollars? For a child to sit and do nothing is the epitome of w…