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By Linda Militello My grandmother would occasionally warn me, “Don’t be so full of yourself.” She used those words to describe individuals who acted like they knew it all, pretending to hide their ignorance. I vowed not to become that person. Lately, her warning haunts me as I read various revelatory scientific and medical findings, wise and humble opinion pieces, tr…

According to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s executive director, the Commodore Perry housing development is not a priority at this time. That’s an unusual statement coming from Gillian Brown. The Perry complex is a stone’s throw away from Canalside and current development on Main Street.Perry is in desperate need of revitalization. After years of neglect, BMHA st…

On Jan. 4, I read Jay Rey’s article in The Buffalo News titled “City to activate new camera system to nab school-zone speeders.” I hoped this very detailed piece would include Main Street, where I drive every weekday to work. Sadly, it does not. I would like to know why Main Street was left out. There are 15 mph signs posted in school areas, not including the colleges o…

On Feb. 5, The News published a letter to the editor accusing one of Trump’s critics of suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” However, he listed no mental health or medical credentials in support of this opinion.On the other hand, 350 psychiatrists and other mental health professionals recently warned that Trump’s own mental health is deteriorating rapidly. Also, in…

The Another Voice piece in the Jan. 28 Buffalo News castigates News columnist Rod Watson for his recent tongue-in-cheek column criticizing gun control policies and anti-gun mentalities in New York State. In their essay, the writers stand against guns in homes and schools, at one point stating that advocating for more firearms in schools is “against all common sense.” Th…

The Buffalo News published stories of health care facilities experiencing understaffing. Providers work extra shifts resulting in stress-related health problems. My suggestion: Replace athletic scholarships with health care scholarships.Provide tuition assistance to students pursuing careers in health care. Offer internships in hospitals, senior/assisted living facilities…

By Amer Aziz On Feb. 15, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will celebrate its centennial in the United States. Ahmadiyya is a revivalist movement in Islam founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in India in 1889. Ahmadi Muslims believe that Ahmad was the symbolic second coming of Jesus in a sense similar to how the New Testament states Jesus of Nazareth spoke of John the Bapti…

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Gary Dickson knew he would face financial challenges in his new role as West Seneca town supervisor, but he may not have anticipated to what degree. What he discovered is a budgetary mess. The town ended the 2019 budget year with a half-million-dollar deficit which, as Dickson said, is unacceptable. The previous administration and Town Board have some explaining to do, …

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In a creative move that could help ensure at least some level of professionalism in Erie County’s jails, the county Legislature is considering a measure that would require the Sheriff’s Office to provide it with a report whenever an inmate dies or becomes seriously injured and requires hospitalization. If that sounds redundant, it is – and necessarily so. Under the lead…

By Sandy McPherson Carrubba Geary When I first started donating blood, I noticed a sign on the wall as I relaxed on the comfy lounge-type chair. The sign read: “Save a life, give blood.” I felt good knowing I could help someone. Every 56 days or two months, I returned to that facility and took my place on the comfy chair. More than blood donations are needed to ke…

By Anthony P. LoRusso Among the attributes that define American democracy, and inform the American experience, is the relationship between our nation’s government and its military. The kinship between civil society and those military services that protect it is grounded in the belief that civilian control of the military is preferable to military control of the state…

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For those who remain unconvinced that flooding along Lake Ontario is more about nature running amok than bureaucrats, new data may provide a little clarity. The south shore of Lake Ontario has flooded twice in the past three springs, prompting a deluge of criticism aimed at the International Joint Commission, a binational organization charged with managing the lake’s le…

In full disclosure, I am acquiring a windmill on our farm in Orleans County, as part of the Apex Project in the town of Barre. My research into the environmental impacts of this wind farm has been exhaustive. Additionally, my years of European travel have allowed me to visit wind farms in several countries. With this background, I must respond to the charter fishing cap…