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By Dan Carey Special to The News When Americans board a plane, they deserve the best trained pilots with the most experience to deliver them safely to their destinations. Being a good pilot takes knowledge, skill and judgment – and experience and training builds all three. Pilots rely on that training to respond in an instant. In those moments of split-second decision-…

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By Andrew M. Cuomo Special to The News Republicans in Congress said they were going to pass tax relief for the middle class, but they did the exact opposite. The GOP tax plan is a tax cut for corporations and the rich. While the topic is complicated, here is the inarguable fact: 50 percent of the tax cut goes to the wealthiest one percent of Americans. And it is paid f…

By Larry Zielinski Special to The News Like many of my fellow baby boomers, I recently experienced the loss of a parent. My siblings and I were able to make sure that our beloved mother passed away on her own terms in her own home, with the help of a great palliative care team from Hospice Buffalo. However, there are some things I would have done differently in retrosp…

By Patrick Reddy Special to The News “In the year since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency, earnings have crept upward, employers have added 1.8 million jobs and the stock market has soared by 22 percent. That’s enough to boost Trump’s grade on the economy to A- in the latest installment of the Yahoo Finance Trumponomics Report Card.” – Rick Newman on Yahoo.com in…

By Eva M. Doyle The controversial stand of Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem and the decisions of black football players to take a knee in protest of police brutality and racial injustice has caused a major debate across the country. It is clear from these discussions on this topic that most Americans really do not know the history of the United Stat…

By Daniel Porreca and Anthony J. Billittier IV Special to The News As has been well reported, one Sunday morning in April, the entire computer network at Erie County Medical Center was suddenly shut down due to a cybersecurity attack. While the hospital’s IT team immediately worked to bring its system back online, hospital staff quickly switched back to a manual and co…

By Chris Collins Special to the News Before House Republicans introduced tax reform legislation, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo complained our bill would be nothing but a tax cut for the wealthy. Now that our comprehensive tax reform has been introduced, he is worried that multimillionaires are not getting enough relief. This is the same governor who, throughout his entire ti…

By Tom Reed Special to The News When I read Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s column regarding tax reform (Buffalo News, Oct. 31), I was disappointed to see his negative attitude toward lowering taxes for hardworking people. For far too long, people of the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York have been burdened with one of the highest tax bills in the country. Rather …

By Sonny Perdue Special to The News In order to free the economy from entanglements, President Trump has pursued polices to allow the American entrepreneurial spirit to thrive. Just as he did in aggressively and effectively dismantling unnecessary and meddlesome regulations, he is now taking on the federal tax code. His agenda of tax cuts and reforms will create jobs…

By James F. Burns Special to The News I see the face of war, the one who went for me; the soldier, sailor, airman, the one who served for me. The flash of exploding bombs, the crack of guns, the terrible screams of pain. Most of us experience military service only through the eyes, ears and efforts of others – our father, brother, son, uncle, aunt, sister or mothe…

By Andrew M. Cuomo Washington’s “tax reform” proposal is being rushed through Congress with little discussion and transparency. Why? Because if Americans knew the facts, it would be dead on arrival. The plan is a death blow to New York State. This federal scheme proposes to cut taxes for the richest Americans and corporations, while financing these cuts at the expens…

By Dennis Vacco SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Like most important issues facing America today, energy policy has become deeply politicized. Pipelines, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, wind turbines and solar panels are either good or bad depending on which side of the political divide you stand. Unfortunately, energy policy is often driven by special interests advocacy and ca…

Yes: Citizens need to seize opportunity for change By Peter J. Galie and Christopher Bopst SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Are you satisfied living in a state: • Having a bloated, 50,000-word constitution that is a concatenation of oddities, anachronisms, contradictory provisions and material declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court? • In which legislative lea…

By Zach Krajacic SPECIAL TO THE NEWS While recently attending a 100-year anniversary celebration at Our Lady of Bistrica, a Croatian Catholic Church in Lackawanna, I was reminded of my family’s immigration almost 50 years ago from Croatia (part of Yugoslavia at the time) to the United States. The journey brought many challenges, but we overcame all of them through a st…

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Editor’s note: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wrote this letter to Vice President Mike Pence in advance of the vice president’s visit to Buffalo Tuesday. … To Vice President Pence: Welcome to New York. Know this, when you come to our state to sell health care and tax plans as beneficial when in reality they are a direct attack on New Yorkers – we say no. The federal gove…