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No current WNYCPC patient will move to Buffalo campusA great deal of misinformation has been spread about the relocation of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) to a brand-new facility in Buffalo. The Oct. 16 News article, “Ruling in state court buoys supporters of children’s psych center,” incorrectly states that relocation would involve the…

By Norbert Rug Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of the times my family and I would go sailing on my father’s boat. He had a Lightning Class sailboat named Claire. It was a 19-foot centerboard sloop that was originally designed as an affordable family day-sailor and racing boat. You would drop the centerboard, which was a large steel plate, once you left …

Constitutional convention will put many rights at riskAn Oct. 15 News editorial directed readers to “take note” of the disparate groups opposed to a constitutional convention. Take note indeed.Make no mistake, as individuals we all have an agenda. Every voter, regardless of political stripe, has issues that are most important to him or her.However, regardless of whethe…

Reducing state income tax is the obvious, easy solutionSen. Charles Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are protesting the Republican tax plan because it may include a reduction or elimination of the state income tax deduction on federal returns. Let’s explore this scenario:In 2016, a New York State couple with $100,000 of taxable income would pay $16,543 in federal tax and $5…

Judge was wrong to block the president’s travel banThe recent travel ban struck down by a Hawaiian judge is another setback for the Trump administration. However, this temporary ban will be overturned, in time, by the Supreme Court, the law of the land. One by one, these Democratic judges have dealt a severe blow to our national security and well-being by letting this op…

Vote to deny pensions to corrupt politiciansIn his Another Voice, State Sen. Chris Jacobs, who represents the 60th District, urged citizens to vote yes on Proposition 2 on Election Day. I wholeheartedly agree and would ask that all residents of New York State vote yes on this proposition. I have been denied the right to obtain my husband’s pension, or the right to select…

A few leftovers from an event-filled week: • Vice President Pence’s swing through Erie County on Tuesday accomplished much for local Republicans. Rep. Chris Collins and other GOP causes raked in about $400,000 from more than 200 people attending his Salvatore’s Italian Gardens fundraiser featuring the VP. And, Collins continues as the Trump administration’s…

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has put forth what at first glance appears to be a reasonable budget proposal. The $1.48 billion spending blueprint for 2018 has some risk items, but overall maintains the county’s recent history of responsible budgeting. One sign of the unspectacular nature of this budget: one of the most noteworthy items is the hiring of 16 peop…

Automobile manufacturers and the makers of smartphones need to get together and figure out how to make the roads safer. That’s because more and more people are driving while texting, swiping and posting. Talking on the phone used to be the problem. Now the options for distracted driving seem to grow with each new generation of smartphone. A recent Bloomberg News arti…

By Stacy Arlain I write today in response to a My View concerning the plight of an individual experiencing homelessness in the Town of Tonawanda at Ellicott Creek Park. The frustration illustrated in that article is valid and shared by those of us who work every day to eradicate homelessness. The concern for this human being in crisis at the very least gives my colleagu…

There’s a big difference between want and needWe are lost in the confluence of want and need that we were supposed to learn in childhood. Nobody needs 44 guns. Nobody needs rifles designed for killing people. Nobody needs silencers. Nobody needs automatic fire.If you believe that you are going to take control with guns when the government gets out of control, you are wro…

By Khimm Graham Harvey Weinstein, the latest mogul accused of sexual abuse, has been in the seat of power for eons in many incarnations. His selective sexual harassment in Hollywood has reportedly tortured the many women in his orbit. Being a mad man of the 1960s and ’70s excuses his behavior and admits him into therapy to wash away his sins. But there are boardroo…

Since Friday, when Buffalo Police diver Craig E. Lehner slipped away beneath the turbulence of the Niagara River, it was painfully evident that he could be lost to his family, his police colleagues and the community he served. On Tuesday, that pain turned acute. Lehner’s body was recovered downstream and was taken to Erie County Medical Center along a route lined with…

By Todd Ambs Over the last decade, Buffalo has been at the center of efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes. This week, more than 300 advocates for the lakes will be here to discuss the successes and challenges in protecting a resource that more than 30 million people depend on for drinking water. The successes are many. Over the last eight years, the federal…