More than 62 percent voted in favor of amending the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, officials said Saturday. Ireland decriminalized homosexual acts 22 years ago.
I received permission from Supervisor Weinstein and the Town Board to sit in on meetings of the Planning Board and oversee how the members reach their decisions on projects. Many citizens want to how the Planning Department and the Planning Board work together.
The Planning Board wouldn’t share any material with me but I dug around and found that a week before the Planning Board hold their meetings the seven members receive information on the projects from the Planning Department. All the information received about the projects comes entirely from our Planning Department led by Mr. Eric Gillert.
Their entire procedure is highly unethical and possibly illegal.
by Jim Tricoli
Memorial Day May 25, 2015
Each Memorial Day we remember those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation.
We build monuments that represent the wars we have fought in from the Revolutionary War to our current engagements not to glorify war but to remember those who served with courage and valor and gave all they had for our freedoms.
Since the founding of this country Americans have served all over the world to combat those who wish to oppress and destroy the free will of the people on this planet. Many of these battles have been politically and morally correct and some have not been.
But those who went to serve and give of themselves must not ever be judged upon the political correctness of their service; but solely upon the merit of their service when their country called.
Where does America get such fine young people? The fact is that we have been raising them since 1775, when the young colonists put down their pitchforks and picked up their muskets to establish the United States of America. For 240 years, over 48 million American’s have served in the Armed Forces and over 1.2 million have given their lives in war.
These are the official numbers from the Department of Defense however they do not include the over 93,000 Americans still listed as POW/MIA’s, nor the hundreds of thousands that did not die on the battlefield, but subsequently succumbed to the physical ,mental and chemical wounds of war.
On foreign beaches, in isolated fighting holes, at sea and in the air, they met their final fate wearing the uniform of freedom. They are the sons and daughters of liberty, they are the legacy of courage, they are the reason we build statues, memorials and walls of honor. For so many of them, life had hardly begun.
But in the blink of an eye and the calling of their country, they would sacrifice their dreams for ours.
We remember today because such heroism, such courage, such sacrificial love must never be forgotten. The free air we breathe is the product of the blood they shed.
Courage is not confined to the field of battle. Behind each name are families who have paid a tremendous price, the flesh of their flesh, the blood of their blood. To this day, they cling to a final letter, an old year book, a sports jacket that may still hang in closet, precious reminders of a loved one who never came home.
Freedom, which is the birthright of all Americans is a precious gift and has been given to all of us at a great cost. It is what members of our Armed Forces have fought and died for since the founding of our nation. It is the duty of those of us who survived to keep alive the memory of our brothers and sisters who gave their lives so that others will understand the sacrifices required to maintain that freedom.
Such sacrificial love must not ever be taken for granted, must not ever become a fading memory. We must always remember so that we may always be free.
Remember that Freedom is not Free, because it has been bought and paid for with the sweat, tears, blood and lives of those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Sgt. Patrick W. Welch, USMC (Ret)
The US Army Corps of Engineers is still in the process of reevaluating the stream and wetlands on the Westwood for development purposes.
That stream has been identified and connected to the wetlands on the properties of 4176 – 4188 Sheridan Drive between Frankhauser and Sunrise which are also being considered for re-zoning to allow development. Any impact to the wetlands on the Sheridan Drive properties will have a significant bearing as to whether development can occur on the stream and wetlands on the Westwood. The attorney and engineer for the Westwood is the same as for the Sheridan Drive properties — although different developers for each project.
The Amherst Town Board is set to vote on the re-zoning for the Sheridan Drive properties at their next Town Board meeting on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
We are asking everyone to come to this Town Board meeting. We need to show solidarity insofar as support for the preservation of the stream and wetlands on both the Sheridan Drive and Westwood properties. The Town Board, developers, attorneys and engineers need to understand the residents are not going to sit back and allow our streams, wetlands, wildlife and natural resources be destroyed, or the quality of life in our neighborhoods which is already a high density and high traffic area.
Please take the time and come to this meeting on Monday, June 1st!!
Republicans continue to stumble over the incredibly complex question of whether it was a mistake to waste trillions of dollars and thousands of lives in Iraq for no reason whatsoever.
No one could have known that invading Iraq would be a disaster, unless you count the millions of people who protested against it.
Honeybee update: Obama task force trying to save honeybees; G.O.P. say honeybees failing to show personal responsibility.
Unsuccessful presidential candidates should be forced to spend the next four years in a minimum wage job. As a society we need a deterrent like this.
MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.
The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.
“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”
More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”
While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.
While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.
WACO (The Borowitz Report) – Suspects in the recent biker brawl in Waco, Texas, only slightly outnumber the 2016 Republican Presidential candidates, leading some voters to have difficulty distinguishing between the two groups, a new poll shows.
According to the poll, voters who were presented the names of a biker-brawl suspect and a Republican Presidential candidate correctly identified both only thirty per cent of the time.
For example, fifty-seven per cent of voters erroneously identified the former Texas Governor Rick Perry as a member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, while forty-one per cent believed he belonged to the Cossacks.
Adding to voters’ confusion, the biker brawlers and G.O.P. candidates have identical views on a host of issues, such as gun rights and whether they would feel comfortable attending a gay wedding.
While the number of biker-brawl suspects stands at a hundred and seventy, if current trends continue, the Republican field could blow past that number by early summer, possibly deepening voters’ confusion.
But, in one positive sign for the Republicans, they notched a higher approval rating than the Waco suspects, five per cent to three.
WASHINGTON – In a scandal that could spell the end of his Presidential bid and possibly his political career, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has admitted taking several science classes while an undergraduate at Princeton University.
After a copy of his college transcript was leaked showing that the senator had notched A’s in biology, chemistry, and earth science, Cruz was forced to address the damaging allegations.
“It is true that I studied science in college, but this was a mistake of youth,” a contrite Cruz told reporters.
“I stand here today and humbly ask for the forgiveness of the American people.”
Fox News host Sean Hannity said after Cruz’s remarks that the college scandal would be difficult for Cruz to rebound from.
“The only positive for him is that it appears he did not study math,” Hannity said.
Buffalo Philharmonic visits Artpark, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Old Fort Niagara, Canalside and More in Busy Summer Season
BUFFALO, NY — Your Buffalo Philharmonic rocks in the 2015-16 season with classic hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s re-interpreted with a full orchestra. Exceptional bands and exciting show lighting provide a rock-concert atmosphere for the five-show BPO Rocks Series presented by Key Private Bank.
The season opens on Friday, Sept. 18 with “Faithfully: A Symphonic Tribute to Journey.” A six-piece band will perform hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel in the Sky,” and “Open Arms” with the backing of your BPO. Stefan Sanders, the BPO’s Associate Conductor, leads this hard-driving show.
Michael Krajewski is back on the podium with “The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel” on Saturday, Nov. 14. Krajewski created this show using the best of Simon & Garfunkel’s music, from “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” to “Kodachrome” and “Mrs. Robinson.” Vocalists AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle lend their voices to the music that served as the soundtrack to the 1960s and 1970s.
Singer-songwriter Swearingen has three solo albums under his belt, as well as an album as half of the duo Swearingen and Kelli. He met Beedle in a club in Bethlehem, PA in 1991, and they joined forces to perform the music of Simon and Garfunkel, a group that both men cite as a profound influence. Krajewski was most recently seen on the BPO podium in “Bond and Beyond: 50 Years of 007″ with Broadway star Debbie Gravitte. He is Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston, Atlanta and Jacksonville Symphonies.
The Canadian symphonic rock musicians of Jeans n’ Classics took Canalside by storm in 2014, performing the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson. On Jan. 22, they join the BPO for “Disco Inferno – A Disco Ball.” With charts designed to showcase a full orchestra, this show features disco mega-hits like “Hot Stuff,” “Lady Marmalade” and “Stayin’ Alive.” Five vocalists help turn Kleinhans into Studio 54 for this 70s throwback night. After the concert, the BPO puts up a disco ball and continues the party in the Mary Seaton Room.
Saturday, Feb. 28 features a symphonic tribute to John Denver. The BPO’s new Principal Pops Conductor, John Morris Russell, will be on the podium, as Jim Curry brings to life the music of the original country crossover artist. Curry has spent much of his career performing Denver’s music. He provided the singing voice for the 1997 CBS film “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story,” and from there, went on to develop this symphonic tribute show that has played to audiences around the country. He frequently performs with Denver’s former band mates to bring this music to today’s audiences.
The BPO Rocks series concludes with a brand-new collaboration between the orchestra and Windborne Music, who has brought “The Music of Led Zeppelin” and “The Music of the Rolling Stones” to Buffalo. Their newest production, “The Music of Elton John,” will come to Kleinhans on Saturday, April 23. The show features the towering talents of vocalist Brody Dolyniuk, who won the hearts of Western New Yorkers as lead singer for “The Music of Queen,” “The Music of The Rolling Stones,” and others. Arranger and Windborne mastermind Brent Havens will return to the BPO podium. The familiar Elton John songs, including “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Daniel,” and “Candle In The Wind” will be featured and are particularly well-suited to this dynamic presentation with a full orchestra.
Subscriptions to the five-concert BPO Rocks Series presented by Key Private Bank are on sale now, and provide a substantial savings over the single-ticket purchase price. Subscribers are guaranteed the best seats, enjoy the most flexible ticket exchange program in Western New York, and receive a BPO Perks card that entitles them to discounts at area restaurants, shops and service providers. To subscribe, call (716) 885-5000 or visit bpo.org. Individual tickets will go on sale for all shows on Aug. 8.