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If Donald Trump were not so ignorant of history, he would know that a massive concrete wall along our border with Mexico will be a failure. To prevent invasion, in the 1930s France built the “Maginot Line,” a massive concrete fortification 200 miles long on its border with Germany. It was indeed impregnable; so, in 1940 the Germans just went around it. Daniel ReiffKenmore

By Dan Schwartz I entered Buffalo State at the same time the Watergate scandal was firing up. A couple of years ago, I returned to Buff State as an instructor, and some of the feelings I’ve been having are eerily reminiscent of my early matriculation. Once again, we have an unpopular president under fire. Recently, I’ve been thinking about my Latin professor. In t…

By Craig Stevens After years of closing its doors to the extraordinary shale boom happening in its backyard, New York has an opportunity in the Northern Access Pipeline to secure reliable access to affordable fuels. For too long, state policymakers have systematically shut out opportunities to utilize the state’s abundant oil and gas resources. It is time the public dem…

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There are competing principles at play in the case of the Southtowns family that declines to have its two teenagers receive immunization vaccines required by the state for students attending public school. The teens’ mom says vaccines violate the family’s religious tenets. The Orchard Park Central School District maintains that the health and safety of the rest of the stud…

It’s confusing and more than a little irritating. John Mye, a professional hired as the new executive director of the chronically mismanaged Erie County Water Authority, quit the $175,000-a-year job after just four days. The reason is mysterious – he said the job wasn’t a good fit and also cited unexpected personal considerations, but didn’t detail either. Because of it…

Karl Marx wrote that “capitalism sows the seeds of it’s own destruction.” Capitalism has commodified everything for the sake of profit. Has anyone noticed what is happening to the planet earth? Capitalism is consuming the planet along with itself!In the quest for ever more profit, companies move to Mexico and China for cheaper labor. The political system is bought off to s…

My mother developed measles while she was pregnant with my older sister. Measles caused my sister to be blind in one eye. They were both lucky. Complications from measles can be much more severe, including death.Near the time of my birth, my father was stricken with polio. He wasn’t so lucky. After months in an iron lung, he survived losing the use of both legs and one arm…

Hold my beer. Blah Blah Blah. Social media is on fire by some because Mark Poloncarz is running for a third term. We now live in the world of the professional politician where lifetime service in office is a real option and goal for some. Most voters don’t seem to care as they allow it to happen via their vote. For those that do term limits are the only answer for the prof…

A recent letter writer argues against converting to renewable energy sources (wind, water and sunlight) and refers to a 2013 Cornell and Stanford study to conclude that converting to “100 percent renewable energy in the state (New York) would cost more than $380 billion.” He instead argues that using other energy sources “like natural gas” would best provide for our needs.…

Recently it has come out in the New York Times that our president has told in the past two years over 8,100 false or misleading statements. If we say that two years is equal to 730 days then that means the average daily untruth comes to 10.96 per day.With all the above being said, I found a possible answer as to why there is an uncontrollable urge of our president to lie o…

By Howard R. Wolf A friend of mine, like many retirees, is trying to write a memoir of his life, but he’s not sure if his journey contains a central theme. He can’t think of one experience that will stand for all the rest. Raised on a wheat farm in Kansas, valedictorian of his high school class, a graduate of Amherst College where he studied philosophy, he won a fell…

By Pam Embler The Reproductive Health Act of New York State does not move reproductive rights forward. It does “reduce costs” by eliminating human lives – a talking point of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when discussing family planning services. I urge New York State residents to review the Reproductive Health Act and specifically those laws repealed. Comprehensive repr…

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Since his election as Erie County clerk in 2017, Michael “Mickey” Kearns has made improved customer service a priority, adding Saturday hours to some Auto Bureau offices and reducing wait times for auto dealers and applicants for pistol permits. However, the clerk’s plan to increase the Southtowns Auto Bureau’s physical footprint by more than 300 percent does not make s…

Firefighters are among the brave men and women who leave the house everyday not knowing if they will return. It’s always possible that the next call could be the last. But they take it, anyway. Sometimes they are injured, or worse, trying to save life and property. Such is the case with firefighter Eric Whitehead, who last month sprang into one of the most dangerous …