Letters to the Editor — Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023

We must maximize our compassion Recently, submerged in the devastating news of the snowstorm’s impact on the residents of Buffalo and the surrounding area, we learned of the extreme acts of kindness extended to so many of those crippled by the storm who were trying to survive. Help them. Do what you can. Invite strangers into your home for shelter, heat, and food. Compassion is a defining characteristic of humans, along with curiosity and creativity. We survive and thrive as communities by extending compassion to our neighbors. Gov. Abbott of Texas bused 139 asylum seekers from Texas to Washington, D.C.…
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McCarthy elected House speaker in vote 15 after chaotic week

By LISA MASCARO and FARNOUSH AMIRI/The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republican Kevin McCarthy was elected House speaker on a historic post-midnight 15th ballot early Saturday, overcoming holdouts from his own ranks and floor tensions boiling over after a chaotic week that tested the new GOP majority's ability to govern. After four days of grueling ballots, McCarthy flipped more than a dozen conservative holdouts to become supporters, including the chairman of the chamber's Freedom Caucus, leaving him just a few shy of seizing the gavel for the new Congress. As the House resumed for the late night session McCarthy had been…
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