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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 …

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. Rathe…

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 mot…

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 …

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 legisla…

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 …

Opinion

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 fede…

Opinion

By Mike Pence In the first nine months of our administration, President Trump has taken decisive action to get the American economy moving again. We’ve slashed job-killing red tape at a record pace, unleashed American energy and put working families first with our trade policy. The results are undeniable: Businesses have created over 1 million new jobs, unemploymen…

By Larry Scott SPECIAL TO THE NEWS On Aug. 23, I began a four-day training on Restorative Justice Intensive Peacemaking with national expert on restorative strategies, Robert Spicer. As a parent leader in Buffalo Public Schools and a school psychologist in the Ken-Ton District, I enrolled in this training, hosted by Open Buffalo, to educate myself on this growing movem…

By Brian Higgins Special to The News For the past eight months, President Trump and Senate Republicans have failed to enact “repeal and replace” legislation to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Their efforts and Congress’ seven-year near obsession with “repeal and replace,” while humiliating and overly dramatic, did provide Americans with the opportu…

By Cindy Skrzycki and David Shribman He told us that if we didn’t have our jobs, someone with a family full of kids would be able to take our spots and pay the mortgage. He told us that if our stories weren’t finished by the end of our appointed work day we should go home, imploring us: “Your shift ends at 3. Why are you still here?” Some mentor this guy was.…

By Richard Paton Special to The News Public broadcasting is a perennial punching bag for Republicans who presumably feel that the educational and children’s programming and the cultural, news and entertainment offerings on public radio and television would be infinitely more edifying if broken up by interminable advertisements for pharmaceuticals and SUVs. Or o…