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Bargain with drug firms to cut exorbitant pricesWe often hear the claim, “Americans have the best health care in the world.” True? Well, it depends how you look at it. True, we have available, to some, the most advanced health care technologies. However, among industrialized nations we score poorly on national health statistics. Most recently it was reported in the Ann…

Time for Collins to meet with his real constituentsRep. Chris Collins appeared on a televised “town hall” on CNN and at least he was not a complete ogre! He said his mother-in-law had used Meals on Wheels and he would not support any cuts to it. He has also said he supports heat assistance money. So far so good. But when he told the CNN folks that President Trump is do…

There’s no room to add train station at CanalsideIt looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Byron Brown plan on recommending a new train station at Canalside. Rep Brian Higgins hit it right on the button that trains and buses do not belong at Canalside but should be located at the Central Terminal.Also, moving the present bus station to the Central Terminal would then ope…

Both parties should fix our nation’s health careIt’s time that we reach out to our representatives and get them to be proactive and work across the aisle and get a health care plan that represents everyone, now and for the future. In the process, let’s ask health care providers and the insurance companies what they are willing to do and how they will do it.We can’t…

By Sandy Barton Lately it’s been a series of ups and downs in the world, the community and in our family. People are finding their voices, weather is wreaking havoc, and personal battles wage. Our 7-year-old great-niece is fighting for her life after a bout with the flu, our beautiful first grandchild has arrived, more unrest has erupted around the globe and, as we…

By Joyce Hodgson We are our own worst critics. I know I judge myself harshly; picking on my faults and failures. Thinking I am never good enough, thin enough, smart enough, tough enough. Some days I really believe those words. I’m in training to hike the Appalachian Trail and no matter how much I train for it, I feel like it won’t really happen. Something will st…

Workers’ compensation is vital when hurt on jobA recent News editorial talks about the effect of workers’ compensation on businesses, but ignores injured workers like me. If an employee gets hurt on the job, workers’ compensation provides coverage. You never think you’re going to need workers’ compensation – until, that is, you do.That’s what happened to me. …

Country would be better if we all worked togetherIt’s so easy to be cynical. I can’t remember any time when virtually everyone was “for us.” For instance, TV stations, banks, insurance companies, drug companies, grocery stores, cable companies, cellphone providers and the list goes on. Of course, our No. 1 friend is government, or the politicians who represent us.A…

Cuomo’s hypocrisy is truly astonishingGov. Andrew Cuomo says the GOP’s plan to free up counties from having to pay a share of Medicaid costs is unconstitutional and he’ll file a lawsuit on behalf of the people of New York. Hello? Isn’t the SAFE Act unconstitutional? This is an example of the pot calling the kettle black. Cuomo’s hypocrisy is astonishing.The Secon…

Region is already reaping benefits of sports tourismRod Watson badly missed the mark in his column of March 16. Sports tourism is one of our region’s unequivocal success stories, a cornerstone of Erie County’s $1.7 billion tourism economy. Watson asked whether sports tourists will come back, when the answer could be seen walking around right outside his window at One N…

Trumps’ bill for travel, security is outrageousWe have just witnessed one of the few weekends since his election that President Trump stayed in Washington. He just saved taxpayers $3 million for the missed Florida jaunt. Eliminating five trips to Florida would equal the cost of $15 million needed for the proposed building of the new City Mission for the homeless.Addition…

Trumps’ bill for travel, security is outrageousWe have just witnessed one of the few weekends since his election that President Trump stayed in Washington. He just saved taxpayers $3 million for the missed Florida jaunt. Eliminating five trips to Florida would equal the cost of $15 million needed for the proposed building of the new City Mission for the homeless.Addition…

Hostel Buffalo-Niagara is great community assetWhat would it cost the City of Buffalo to send 120,000 goodwill ambassadors from across the U.S., Canada and around the world back to their homes to spread the good news about Buffalo and tell of the warm receptions they received here over the last 20 years staying at our 4½ star-rated local treasure, Hostel Buffalo-Niagara? …

Hostel Buffalo-Niagara is great community assetWhat would it cost the City of Buffalo to send 120,000 goodwill ambassadors from across the U.S., Canada and around the world back to their homes to spread the good news about Buffalo and tell of the warm receptions they received here over the last 20 years staying at our 4½ star-rated local treasure, Hostel Buffalo-Niagara? …

Question: When is a private transaction not a private transaction? Answer: When the deal has important public ramifications that affect other people’s lives. And, with that, the case should be closed. The issue comes up periodically, and most recently with the $7 million purchase of a building at the corner of Perry and Illinois streets. Terry and Kim Pegula, whose…