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About Those 7 Words/Phrases About to be Banned

A friend posted this on FaceBook and I thought you might find it worthwhile reading.

Dear President Trump,

When you were a fetus in your mother’s womb, could you have imagined that one day you would be the leader of a nation that has such rich diversity, and has been so inclusive–a nation where transgender people are accepted as the beloved human beings that they are?

How fortunate you must feel to be elected to oversee a nation that discourages entitlement and spares no effort to protect the vulnerable. How grateful you must be to be guided by a national wisdom that is evidence-based and science-based, and not by dangerous ideologies that are driven by passion, prejudice and prevarication.

I have one question: with all these blessings and benefits attending your presidency, why are you undoing them all–except entitlement?

Sincerely,
A Fellow Citizen

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Reality Check for Amherst Republicans

The Buffalo News, in the December 12th edition, asked the question:   “What happened to Amherst’s Republicans?”  The story proffered many reasons for their loss, neatly negating the residents, their opinions and their effect on the outcome.  The residents, who, for too long, have been disenfranchised, disillusioned and steamrolled by elected officials, their hires and their appointees.

Helter-skelter, inappropriate, over-development has been allowed for every developer where the consequences have invariably, negatively impacted neighborhoods, green space, wetlands and quality of life.  The resident effect was also a factor two years ago without the other variables used as excuses, today.  Money didn’t matter then, either.

The Republicans need to look at themselves.  Failure to deliver for its citizens, using a path rejected by voters, is not a winning strategy for any party, at any level of government.

Savvy, informed residents voted for the candidates, not the party.   They’ve suffered enough, paid enough, and have been ignored enough.  They voted for the first all-Democratic board to correct these wrongs.   They voted for well thought out, long-term planning for a better Amherst today and the future.

Judy Ferraro

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Americans Must Call For Trump’s Impeachment and Trial

45th President of the USA - Donald Trump / The Donald 8 x 10 / 8x10 GLOSSY Photo Picture IMAGE #12
Is this our  future FASCIST Leader ?

Donald Trump is sick man. His mind is filled with ideas which only hurt our country. Who does he think he is?  Caligula’s brother?  Caligula was the insane, cruel, vile leader in ancient Roman times where all women were treated like pigs and whores and other people were slaves worth nothing.

written by James Tricoli
Editor and owner of the Amhersttimes.com
Trump’s opinion of women today is the same as Caligula’s.  Trump is a madman who must be brought down by his party as quickly as possible.

Every sick, mental person must get the help they need.  Trump’s latest ravings banned the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words — including “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity” and “science-based” — in any documents used to prepare the agency’s budget.

The other banned words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement” and “evidence-based.”  Trump is a frightened little man with the brain the size of a peanut.

The people of America should come out in huge numbers demanding his impeachment and trial before he has every county in this world hating us. He is a dangerous nut job with his fingers on buttons which could send this planet floating out into space as some sort of gaseous cloud.

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Report: Trump Bans ‘Transgender,’ ‘Fetus,’ ‘Science-Based’ From CDC Documents

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In an astonishing order, the Trump administration has banned the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words — including “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity” and “science-based” — in any documents used to prepare the agency’s budget, The Washington Post has reported.

CDC policy analysts were reportedly informed of the forbidden words in a 90-minute meeting in Atlanta on Thursday with senior CDC officials. The other banned words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement” and “evidence-based,” according to the Post, citing an unnamed policy analyst. The meeting was led by a senior member of the CDC’s Office of Financial Services. She didn’t know why the words were forbidden and said she was merely relaying information, the Post reported.

Instead of the words “science-based” or “evidence-based,” analysts were told they could use instead: The “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the newspaper reported.

The Post’s source could not recall a previous time in any other administration when words were forbidden.

Dr. Loren Schechter, director of the Center for Gender Confirmation surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago and a member of the board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, said he was shocked by the edict.

“I’m not sure what the ultimate rationale is for doing this aside from trying to erase certain types of people off the map,” he told HuffPost, referring to the ban on the words “transgender” and “diversity.”

“I think walking back hard-earned civil rights is something that is, number one, quite shocking to me and, number two, quite concerning. Simply choosing to ignore reality, science, medicine, will not make these things go away and will not really advance anyone’s cause or lead to improved health outcomes.”

“This is quite an absurdity,” Schechter said. “The president sets the agenda. It’s quite scary … it really sends a chill down your spine. I can’t imagine how you don’t allow terms to be used. It’s sort of like the thought police here.

“Perhaps we can say the world is flat now,” he said.

Twitter erupted following the news. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) complained that Trump is “making America stupid again” and wondered if leaders would soon be supporting voodoo and leeches to fight disease. A tweet from Planned Parenthood said the Trump administration has “disdained” women’s health, the LGBTQ community and science from the start.

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Actor William Fichtner to be Honored Today at Maryvale High

William Fichtner during a visit to The Buffalo News in 2014. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
William Fichtner during a visit to The Buffalo News in 2014. 

“You know the bank manager in the opening scene of The Dark Knight? Yeah. He went to my high school.”
-Said Every Maryvale student

Maryvale High School will honor alumnus and Hollywood actor William E. Fichtner at 2 p.m. Friday by dedicating its auditorium to him, said Joseph D’Angelo, superintendent of Maryvale Union Free School District.

Fichtner, a 1974 Maryvale graduate, will also be inducted as a distinguished alumni, D’Angelo said. Fichtner will be joined by friends, members of his family and hundreds of students in the high school auditorium at 1050 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga.

Fichtner, 61, was recently in Buffalo producing and starring in “Cold Brook,” an independent film expected to debut in film festivals in 2018.
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Chayban’s Tailors and Dry Cleaning Eyes New East Amherst Site

Chayban Chayban stands outside his tailoring and dry-cleaning shop in the Walden Galleria in 2012. His son, Danny, is considering opening a new location on Transit Road in northeast Amherst. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
Chayban Chayban stands outside his tailoring and dry-cleaning shop in the Walden Galleria.

Chayban’s Custom Tailors and Dry Cleaning may open a new location on Transit Road in East Amherst.

Danny Chayban, who owns the Chayban’s location at 8078 Transit Road, at Maple Road in Amherst, on Tuesday spent $185,000 to buy 11500 Transit Road, at Tonawanda Creek Road in northeast Amherst, according to Chayban and county records.

Chayban said he was planning to open another shop in the 1,840-square-foot building, but even before he closed on the purchase he received inquiries from potential tenants. So he said he now will either open the new Chayban’s, rent out the building or perhaps divide the building and do both. He said he expects to make a decision after the holidays.
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Northtown’s Parking of Vehicles at Westwood Site Scrutinized by Town

Aerial view of the former Westwood Country Club, where Northtown Automotive has parked vehicles for several years. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Aerial view of the former Westwood Country Club, where Northtown Automotive has parked vehicles for several years.

The Amherst building commissioner has overruled his predecessor and decided Northtown Automotive does, in fact, need the permission of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals to park hundreds of vehicles on the site of the former Westwood Country Club.

Brian P. Andrzejewski is requiring Northtown Automotive Group to seek a temporary use permit from the board, which will consider the request to park 350 vehicles at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 19. The company has for nearly three years parked overstock vehicles, on a month-to-month lease, at the property at 772 North Forest Road now owned by Mensch Capital Partners.

Andrzejewski’s predecessor, Thomas Ketchum, in February 2015 gave the company permission to park the vehicles at the site. But the property’s recreation conservation zoning doesn’t allow for this use, as a number of residents have pointed out to the town in recent months.
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Kulpa Brings ‘Late Night’ to Williamsville for Final Meeting

Williamsville Deputy Mayor Dan DeLano, left, chats with Mayor Brian Kulpa on Dec. 11, 2017, during Kulpa’s final Village Board meeting, which was held in a talk show format.  (Photo provided by Village of Williamsville)
Williamsville Deputy Mayor Dan DeLano, left, chats with Mayor Brian Kulpa on Dec. 11, 2017, during Kulpa’s final Village Board meeting, which was held in a talk show format. 

Government meetings are typically good viewing, if you need a sleep aid.

Not so Monday in the Village of Williamsville when the board held its meeting in a “Late Night” talk show format, complete with a monologue by Mayor Brian J. Kulpa and a live band.

Kulpa is preparing to depart village government to become Amherst town supervisor and had always promised that he would preside over his final meeting as the host of his own show. So Village Hall became the set of “Late Night in the Village of Williamsville with Brian Kulpa.”

During the monologue, he joked that Village Administrator Lynda Juul’s favorite phrase is “No, Brian, that’s not in the budget.”

Kulpa recited the “Top 10 ways you know you’re running a successful village government,” including one that combined references to “The Lord of the Rings” and municipal budgeting. “You draw a circle, hand it to your department heads. They see an all-powerful ring. You see a zero.”

“It was more than I could ever hope for,” Kulpa said.
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Planned ‘sensory center’ at New Amherst Playground Has a Name

Army Staff Sgt. Troy A. Springer, center, with his wife Hayley, left, install posts for a new playground in Amherst’s Billy Wilson Park, named in honor of the soldier from Amherst killed in Afghanistan in 2012. Wilson’s parents, Bill and Kim, are pictured at right. Photo by Robert Kirkham / Buffalo News.
Army Staff Sgt. Troy A. Springer, center, with his wife Hayley, left, install posts for a new playground in Amherst’s Billy Wilson Park, named in honor of the soldier from Amherst killed in Afghanistan in 2012. Wilson’s parents, Bill and Kim, are pictured at right.

A planned feature of the new playground in Amherst’s Billy Wilson Park will be a nod to the park’s original name, and put to rest an old controversy.

The Town Board on Monday agreed to name the “sensory center” after Margaret Bernath and Louise Kindel. The center is described as an area geared toward kids on the autism spectrum and may include a water feature, musical instruments and quiet refuge from noise when it is built in 2019.

Former Councilman Bill Kindel was the prime mover in transforming the old municipal dump into a park in 1989 and he named the park in memory of his mother, Margaret, and paternal grandmother, Louise.
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Amherst Begins Review of Revised Plan for Northtown Plaza

Northtown Plaza’s owner begins the approval process with the Town of Amherst. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Northtown Plaza’s owner begins the approval process with the Town of Amherst.

The owner of the Northtown Plaza in Amherst has filed revised plans with the town as it begins the approval process for its redevelopment of the outdoor shopping center.

WS Development proposes constructing six buildings for retailers including L.L. Bean and West Elm. It is seeking nine area variances from the town Zoning Board of Appeals, down from the 10 requested originally.

The developer is no longer requesting to build fewer storefront windows than required under town code, said WS attorney Sean Hopkins. Also, WS provided more information to support its variance requests, which include building 23 percent fewer parking spaces than required.
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