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By David R. Young Reading poetry is not on many people’s to-do list. And writing poetry is on even fewer. Yet “doing poetry” has become my avocation since I retired in 2000 from being a Lutheran pastor. My interest in poetry was piqued as a child when my mother wrote little verses on our Christmas gift tags – a nice rhyming couplet appropriate to the gift and giftee.…

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Being black in Erie County means you can expect to live five fewer years than someone who is white. That sobering statistic, reported last week in The News, is among several health disparities between black and white residents that in Buffalo largely align with differences in income. Health inequities represent a complex and multilayered problem with few easy answers. …

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Building walls in Buffalo are being reimagined by local, national and international artists who are creating murals worthy of, well, an art gallery – in this case, one that is public, powerful and transformative for their neighborhoods. These murals are vibrant, exciting and thought-provoking. Some are drawn in deliberate, planned and programmed ways, while others are m…

By Paul Michalec In April, I attended a meeting with Diamond Wind where the company presented a proposal to place 50 wind turbines in Lake Erie, from Buffalo to Dunkirk. By the end of their presentation every person in attendance was opposed to the plan. I believe if people would take the time to weigh the pros and cons of this proposal, most would come to the same c…

It’s one of the enduring mysteries of the past century, second perhaps only to the tragedy of the Titanic: What happened to Amelia Earhart? The famed aviator was on a round-the-world flight in a twin-engine propeller jet when, on July 2, 1937, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, she vanished. After a search of more than two weeks, the Navy concluded that Earhart and her n…

By Ron Gawel It has been 44 years since 1975, the year when I formed two unforgettable friendships. I would meet both of them at a part-time job I never really expected anything from. Each would end up leaving an indelible mark. Her name was Lynn Fitzsimmons and she was passionate about all she did. She had a rare, unique kind of beauty some men might overlook and s…

Here we go again.Once again, the liberals want to pursue more gun control for their agenda. I agree with some limitations that are currently in place in New York State. However, I do not believe gun control will affect the individuals that carry out these horrible acts. I believe that the focus should be placed on the cause of this form of terrorism. I believe that video g…

So presidential advisor Sean Hannity wants to surround schools and malls with volunteer armed guards to “protect” Americans from mass shootings. Yeah, that’ll work. I’m sure there are thousands of “retired police officers and military” who would sign up for the job.Quick approximations suggest numbers approaching a million of such volunteers will be needed. That won’t be h…

It’s my opinion that if our Founding Fathers knew just two political parties would rule the way our government functions, the Constitution would have been written a little differently. They may have protected the people from the fierce partisanship that was bound to occur with just two parties.One change would be that bills passed by the House of Representatives (which, ac…

As I write this letter, the ghouls in the Democratic party are knowingly taking advantage of tragedy to further their self-interest.To these people, the shootings in Texas and Ohio are the perfect opportunity to smear all Trump supporters and paint the president as a racist. It doesn’t matter what the facts are, it’s the narrative they can create that counts.On a recent we…

The spoken word can be a tool for good or for evil. Words can console, soothe, encourage. But in the negative, words can incite our basest instincts to hurt others, turn a competitor into an enemy, a neighbor into a criminal. A group of supporters can become a mob in just five minutes.In short, I think the spoken word is the most powerful weapon of mass destruction we’ve e…

The article, “Erie County’s opioid crisis could be over by next year,” highlights the efforts to reduce the rate of drug overdose deaths in Erie County. As a practicing psychiatrist who has seen this epidemic up close, I applaud the local leadership that has produced such programs as Buffalo MATTERS, a treatment model for other communities. We must be cautious, however,…

Trump, Congress must work for good health careMedicare, you pay a portion of your wages into it. When you turn 65 you receive it. I paid the Medicare tax which started in 1966 from the first day of my high school part-time job in 1966 until I left the work force in 2011.It was a long-term investment. It is a program I am grateful to have and pay for. I maintained my employ…

Very few of us wanted to be put into this position. Picking sides is juvenile, dangerous, simple-minded and contrary to a free thinking and democratic society.But we have been forced to pick sides by the dangerous, hateful, bigoted, unstable bully who somehow got elected to the highest office in the land. It matters little if you think he is a racist. Because there is one …