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The breakup of a business partnership may not be the most important thing on the public agenda, but when a public official violated important public rules to accommodate the principals in that dispute – and especially when that public official is a judge – the matter takes on greater significance. That’s what is happening with the fracturing of the relationship be…

Say this much about the move to pad the paychecks of a handful of state lawmakers: It’s not at all in the category of legislative leaders who desecrate the law in order to line their own pockets. That’s a special category of arrogance that richly deserved the attention of a federal prosecutor. Nevertheless, when Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan quietly gave extr…

By Kevin Igoe Congress is broken. America is drowning in a flood of extreme partisanship. You and I are responsible. How’s that? It starts with what has been called the disappearing center. There are several factors that have made the middle ground of American politics basically irrelevant. First are those moderate political types who tend to be less emotional a…

WASHINGTON – It will be like this. Just as in 1974 when GOP leaders shambled into President Richard Nixon’s office, a squad of Republican sachems will settle into soft chairs in the Oval Office and tell President Donald J. Trump that it’s over. The main difference between the 1974 visitors and today’s is that the earlier Republicans, who were in the minority, kn…

State must take steps to protect electric gridThe spate of recent cyberattacks is yet another warning that New York State should take every precaution to protect our electric grid from such attacks, which could arise from numerous bad actors.A successful cyberattack could result in New Yorkers facing consequences far worse than the historic 2003 blackout, where 96 people d…

Time for Republicans to stand up for TrumpPresident Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton against all odds. Republicans celebrated their return to power in the House and Senate. Now, those same legislators are “biting the hand that feeds them.” These cowards, who would not be in the positions they now hold, will not stand with their president. They sit back and say n…

Help keep letter carriers safe from dog attacksIn April, the U.S. Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 6,755 …

Trump should resign and let Pence step upCount me among those who aren’t afraid of the “I” word, impeachment. Donald Trump clearly isn’t qualified to be president. The longer he stays in office, the more damage he will do. He’s made fools of us in the eyes of the world; our allies no longer trust us, and one assumes that our enemies are laughing.Still, the presid…

President needs to stop whining about the mediaI have never heard a more pathetic commencement speech than the one President Trump gave to the graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy.These young graduates are about to serve their country and were subjected to the whining of a man (who never had a boss or anyone to answer to) complaining about how unfairly he is treated…

By Nancy Jo Eckerson “It’s May! It’s May! The lusty month of May ... that lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray.” Thankfully, I have a great memory of that song from the movie “Camelot,” and in recalling that song and its uplifting, mischievous lyric, I have made a great choice – to turn off, so I can turn on. I have decided to turn off my c…

Good for Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in deciding to crack down on uncivilized student behavior in University Heights. Stories in The Buffalo News have detailed how out-of-control student parties have made life miserable for University Heights residents. Schneiderman this week ordered Jeremy Dunn, a landlord whose more than 50 properties have become “notoriou…

Some things ought to go without saying for leaders of government institutions, and one of them is that the taxpayers who fund your paychecks have a right to know what you are doing. In that regard it was heartening, in a way, that most of 16 municipal leaders responded quickly and affirmatively to a Freedom of Information Law request for their 2016 calendars. That’s t…

Congress should start impeachment processBy now everyone should know that when President Trump’s mouth is open, he is lying. I think I’ve figured out what the J. in Donald J. Trump stands for – it’s Janus, the two-faced god in Roman mythology.I do not like Trump. I do not trust Trump. He will never be my president. I believe this man is completely unhinged. Let the…

Rizzo served honorably until his health failedI am shocked by the callous comments North Tonawanda Common Council candidate Austin Tylec recently made about the late Council President Russ Rizzo.I succeeded Rizzo as First Ward alderman when he realized that his long battle with cancer was turning into a losing fight. During the transition, Rizzo was extremely gracious to m…