Actually, Robert E. Lee Was Against Erecting Confederate Memorials

By Chris Boyette

There’s been much controversy in Charlottesville and beyond about preserving monuments to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. But if you had a chance to ask the guy, he’d most likely say, no thanks.

Based on his writings, Lee was not a fan of statues honoring Civil War generals, fearing they might “keep open the sores of war.”
According to historian Jonathan Horn, Lee was often consulted in his lifetime about proposals to erect monuments to Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and others.
In a 1866 letter to fellow Confederate Gen. Thomas L. Rosser, Lee wrote, “As regards the erection of such a monument as is contemplated, my conviction is, that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt … would have the effect of … continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labour.”
Three years later, Lee was invited to a meeting of Union and Confederate officers to mark the placing of a memorial honoring those who took part in the battle of Gettysburg.
“I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered,” he wrote in a letter declining the invitation.
But that didn’t stop civic and heritage groups from erecting numerous monuments to Lee, commander of the Confederate armies during the Civil War, after his death in 1870.

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Boys Are Wearing Off-the-shoulder Tops to Protest High School’s Dress Code

This type of protest is what Americans are used to, not the ugliness and cruelness of what happened in Charlottesville

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45th Annual Antiquarian Book Fair in Rochester, NY

A customer peruses one exhibitor’s inventory at last year’s Rochester (N.Y.) Antiquarian Book Fair. (Photo by A. Sue Weisler)

The oldest, continually running regional Antiquarian Book Fair in the U.S. takes place in downtown Rochester, N.Y. at the Main Street Armory on Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association (RABA) and RIT Press, annually the Fair attracts an increasing number of visitors and exhibitors.  Currently, nearly 50 dealers from across the nation and Canada will bring rare antiquarian titles along with good secondhand books of wide subject breadth and reader interest, including scholarly texts. Additionally, exhibitors will feature prints, maps, photographica and collectible ephemera embracing equally diverse subject categories.

The Book Fair also features readings and book signings by local authors. And, for the second time, displays by several special collections libraries will be presented. For six hours, the Armory reverberates with a lively, festive atmosphere populated by those who appreciate the aesthetic and intellectual dimensions of the book.

The Fair’s venue is the castle-like turn-of- the-century Armory. Spacious (35,000 square feet) and well-lit, the building’s assembly room – originally used as a drill floor – comfortably accommodates the casual reader as much as the fussiest and most demanding collector.

The Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair is co-sponsored by the 10-member Rochester Area Booksellers Association and RIT Press. The scholarly book publishing enterprise of the Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT Press will feature selections from their impressive catalogue of books on typography, printing and the history of the book.

The Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair is held at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St., Rochester, N.Y. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, and is free to students who present a current student ID. Coupons offering a $2 discount on admission are available at area libraries, bookshops and cafes.

This year advance admission tickets are available online through RABA’s website: ( . And discount tickets for couples and families are available.

For more information, visit or call Jonathan Smalter (of Yesterday’s Muse Books) at 585-265- 9295.

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Time to Impeach Trump?

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Northtowns Cardiology Files Plans for 190 Maple Road Offices

The owners of Northtowns Cardiology intend to build a one-story, 11,000-square-foot medical office building at 190 Maple Road, according to a site plan they filed for a project that spurred opposition from some residents when it was initially proposed.

Dr. Dennis Chugh, co-owner of the practice, said the project in the Town of Amherst would cost about $2.5 million, including the $440,000 purchase price. The practice plans to move from 5530 Sheridan Drive and from 400 International Drive, where it has back office operations, Chugh said.

The practice has 35 to 40 employees, including four physicians, and likely will add a fifth physician by the time it would move into the new building in September 2018.
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36 Names to be Added to Amherst Veterans Memorial Wall


Thirty-six names will be added to the Amherst Veterans Memorial Wall during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday in Amherst State Park.

They are:

Marine Corps: Douglas J. Parker, Gerard P. Styn.

Army Air Force: William M. Smith, Joseph R. Coppola.

Air Force: William D. Woodworth, Philip V. Vullo, Gerhardt H. Kaese.

Army: Richard J. Dentinger, Harold M. Wagner, Clifford G. Saxer, Henry J. Rabel, Leonard J. Napieralski, Howard V. Zeh, Robert N. Fentner, Leonard E. Oswald, Blake D. Whipple, William R. Wilson, William G. Duquin, Vincent R. Saeli, Raymond L. Steeg, Joseph H. Julicher, Jr., Joseph R. Nies, Frederich J. Postolese II, Joseph A. Sapienza, Nicholas J. Sapienza, Leonard A. Sapienza, Jonathon M. Coté, George A. Scherer, Gary P. Wratten, Richard J. Herrmann, Emery J. Fisher.

Navy: Eugene C. Michael, Kevin M. Cray, George L. Klein, Richard C. Bosch.

Coast Guard: Stanley J. Kusek.

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Amherst Says Water Authority Missed Deadline, Must Wait Decade to Renegotiate Lease

An Erie County Water Authority utility crew repairs a ruptured water supply pipe in Amherst after extreme temperatures caused the cast iron pipe to fracture.   (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo )
An Erie County Water Authority utility crew repairs a ruptured water supply pipe in Amherst after extreme temperatures caused the cast iron pipe to fracture.

Amherst says the Erie County Water Authority missed by 12 months the deadline to renegotiate the agreement for the water district that covers much of the town.

In the town officials’ view, that means the current deal — including when the authority can bill the town for extra repair work — must remain in place for another decade.

“I think that they blew their responsibility to give us notice a year prior to the expiration of the 10-year period,” said Stanley J. Sliwa, the town attorney.

Not surprisingly, Water Authority officials disagree.
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Amherst Grocery Store Cluster Grows to 9 Stores — it’s Got a BJ’s Too

Customers enter a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a 2005 file photo. (Mike Mergen/Bloomberg News.)

When we wrote about the surprising cluster of chain stores that sell groceries in a 1.5-mile stretch of the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor in west Amherst, we thought we had covered them all:

Whole Foods (coming in September), Aldi, Feel-Rite Fresh Markets, Target, Tops Friendly Markets, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Wegmans. That’s eight of them. Whew.

It turns out there are nine. At least nine.

It took a reader — thanks, Kris — to remind us that the BJ’s Wholesale Club at 3056 Sheridan Drive sells fresh produce and other groceries.
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Steven Trunka President Of The AFL-CIO

We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Donald Trump’s statements were shocking. When I heard them, I thought to myself, “I’ll pray for you because you really need to be prayed for when you make those kind of statements.” It’s never acceptable to tolerate racism and bigotry, let alone defend it. We resigned on behalf of America’s working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups.

We joined President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council with the intent to be a voice for working people and with the real hope that it would result in positive economic policy, but it’s clear the council would never be an effective means for delivering real policy that lifts working families—and his remarks were the last straw. It has become yet another broken promise on the president’s record.

From hollow councils to bad policy and embracing bigotry, the actions of the Trump administration have consistently failed working people. As a labor movement, we stand united against hate.

Thank you for all of the work each of you do to ensure that our movement is inclusive and reflects our best values. This is a difficult time for our country, but our labor movement will be at the tip of the spear, making sure that working people will not be divided by hate.

In Solidarity,

Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO



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Carl Paladino Removed From Buffalo School Board

Carl P. Paladino is out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education.

That’s the ruling today from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, according to the board’s attorney.

“He is out effective immediately,” said Frank W. Miller, the board’s attorney. “The commissioner wrote a 33-page decision in which she went through and analyzed and knocked down all the various arguments he made.”

After a prolonged public outcry, a formal petition to have him removed and a five-day hearing to decide his fate, Elia ended months of speculation Thursday when she ruled that Paladino’s actions warrant his removal.

No matter what ruling the commissioner decided to hand down, it was likely either side would appeal in court.

And Paladino – ever determined to shake things up in the impoverished urban school district – has indicated he will, should the commissioner rule against him.
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