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By Rick Fuller Perhaps the most widely discussed and debated law in the history of New York State, the NY SAFE Act, was enacted by a large bipartisan vote of the State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013. It has been a hot button topic by gun owners and activists since that time. Personally, I am more concerned about my taxes, family health c…

By Karen L. Nicolson and Lindsay Heckler The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for developing standards for rehabilitation facility and nursing home care (includes rehabilitation facilities) and ensuring those standards are met. Every nursing home that accepts Medicare and/or Medicaid is required by law to abide by the regulatory standards …

By Brian Clemency In the past, emergency medical technicians and paramedics were taught to immediately pick up patients and hurry to the hospital. The “scoop and run” paradigm grew out of the belief that getting patients to hospitals as quickly as possible would produce the best outcomes, especially in cases of cardiac arrest. That philosophy drove generations of…

By Joseph Tryzbinski How many people in Western New York know that some of their hardest-working neighbors could have their retirement benefits ripped away? Probably not very many, unless they read The Buffalo News’ excellent Sept. 29 article, “Local Teamsters counted on pensions. Now they’re getting cut.” For 30 years, I worked for United Parcel Service. …

By Steve Dunlop Niagara Falls is gone. The New Eighth Wonder of the World will henceforth be known as the “Mario M. Cuomo Falls.” Ponder that fake news scenario, and you’ll understand how deeply New Yorkers at the other end of the Thruway feel about the clandestine naming of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, spanning Rockland and Westchester counties, to “honor” the…

By David W. Anderson In the eight counties of Western New York, there is one primary care physician – the doctor you first visit for most of your health care and wellness needs – for every 1,666 residents. Nationwide, there is one primary care physician per 1,250 residents. Why does our region have fewer gatekeeper physicians helping most patients at the crucial …

By Russ Gugino Doug Turner’s recent article “Phony theory then, phony theory now” was adeptly headlined. Turner’s analysis of the philosophy and impact of the Reagan tax cuts promoted by Congressman Jack Kemp (and by inference the current GOP House/Senate tax proposals) is, in a word: PHONY. Paraphrasing Turner’s theory behind the GOP tax cuts: If you make …

By Peter Leyonmark Mother Jones researched and wrote “A Guide to Mass Shootings in America; Indiscriminate Rampages in Public Places.” The article chronicles 96 shootings from 1982 to 2017, involving three or more victims. There were 790 fatalities, 1,258 injured for a total of 2,048 casualties. High-capacity pistols, those that were originally marketed to the…

By Gary B. Ostrower For many months, I’ve thought that talk about impeaching President Trump has been a pipe dream of even those who don’t smoke pipes. However, the recent election in Virginia has changed my mind. That Democrat Ralph Northam, the uninspiring winner of Virginia’s gubernatorial race, did even better than did Hillary Clinton in Virginia’s 201…

By Wayne Alt I appreciate the fine lead article (Nov. 9) by Colin Dabkowski on the historic speech of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Kleinhans Music Hall on Nov. 9, 1967. In the article, many Western New Yorkers expressed King’s ideas of compassionate alternatives to conflict in resolving war. I would like to add some additional historical pieces from a firsthand…

By Barry Kaufmann Using deceptive tax proposals as a measure, it appears that the elected officials controlling the federal government no longer care about good economic policy or the well-being of all Americans, especially the most vulnerable, including seniors. Whether it’s the White House proposal, the Senate or House versions – it’s all bad for the vast maj…

By Ronald Fraser For the first time since 1972 the number of people behind bars in American prisons and jails in 2015 declined slightly, to 2.2 million from 2.4 million in 2010. That’s the good news. Fordham Law School professor John F. Pfaff, however, warns in his new book, “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform,” that…

By Barry Kaufmann Using deceptive tax proposals as a measure, it appears that the elected officials controlling the federal government no longer care about good economic policy or the well-being of all Americans, especially the most vulnerable, including seniors. Whether it’s the White House proposal, the Senate or House versions – it’s all bad for the vast maj…

By Crystal Peoples-Stokes Charter schools exist to give parents and students a choice. Why shouldn’t they have a choice? My grandson graduated from a charter school and did very well. I am an advocate for school choice and for charter schools. However, a major problem with the growing number of charter schools in the district is the heavy burden of funding. Superin…

By Ronald Fraser For the first time since 1972 the number of people behind bars in American prisons and jails in 2015 declined slightly, to 2.2 million from 2.4 million in 2010. That’s the good news. Fordham Law School professor John F. Pfaff, however, warns in his new book, “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform,” that…