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Consider constituents in train station debateAmid the constant debate about the new Amtrak station, it seems that the discussion is mainly about visitors to Buffalo and what would be best for them. No one seems to mention the residents of Western New York who take the trains daily. I have taken the train across the state many times. My grandsons travel back and forth to co…

Amherst IDA should reject doctors’ plea for tax breaksIf you listen carefully on Friday, you likely will hear a loud sucking noise emanating from the office of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. This will be the sound of approximately $992,000 of our tax dollars being sucked from the wallets of individual private citizens into the wallets of two doctors, the Shat…

State lawmakers must stand up to Big TobaccoLet me get this straight. First lawmakers and the governor slashed funding for the state program that provides thousands of cancer screenings for the poor. They followed this up by caving to e-cigarette and tobacco companies. Somehow a previous agreement to include e-cigarettes in the areas where smoking is prohibited mysteriousl…

Catholic schools are doing a wonderful jobI’d like to add my personal bit of trivia to Sister Carol Cimino’s excellent and enlightening article on Catholic education in the April 13 Another Voice.I taught in Catholic schools as a Felician sister for many years in Detroit, Mich. As happened for many religious in the late ’60s, I left the convent. I continued to teach …

WASHINGTON – Like the lost “armada” led by the aircraft carrier USS Vinson, President Trump’s grand economic plan is almost all sizzle and no beef. Trump’s firebrand pledges to, in effect, make China eat dirt for “stealing American jobs,” a vow that wowed 2016 rallies in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, are now ashes in his mouth. There are two reasons …

Second Amendment is an individual rightThe Second Amendment reads “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” According to my information, in early colonial days the term militia referred to all citizens capable of bearing arms to protect the people from the possible…

Seneca Nation casinos help boost our economyIt is no secret that the Seneca Nation’s gaming arrangement with New York State has been beneficial for Erie County. Thousands of people work at their three properties, driving economic benefits throughout Western New York. In addition, the Nation has invested more than a billion dollars in developing the area around its casino…

We must improve, increase train service and ridershipFor the record, I favor the Central Terminal site, but the way I see it, the problem isn’t where people get on the train. The problem is how to get people on a train. We need to improve and increase train service and train ridership! Not just east and west service but southbound service, too. We can’t get to Pittsbur…

Which specific regulations do banks want eliminated?In the April 19 paper there was a lengthy article about Robert Wilmers of M&T Bank, wherein he complains at length about government regulation as an impediment to small business growth with not a single detail. This is and has been the mantra of many businessmen and numerous (mostly Republican) political figures.While I h…

Don’t turn back clock on equal rights for allThe First Amendment Defense Act, or FADA, is a proposed bill that is looking to allow religious clergy and government officials the right to deny goods and services to individuals who represent any lifestyle or character in disobedience to their religious beliefs without any sort of penalty.In short summary, if passed, this bi…

First-time homebuyers having little luck in cityI fell in love yesterday. I think my husband did, too. It was a beautiful pine green two-story in the heart of the city. Bay windows, wide open garden and a kitchen to die for. We had four hours to make a decision. This time we were determined to submit our very best offer. So we did, and then we waited – and we were outbid…

First-time homebuyers having little luck in cityI fell in love yesterday. I think my husband did, too. It was a beautiful pine green two-story in the heart of the city. Bay windows, wide open garden and a kitchen to die for. We had four hours to make a decision. This time we were determined to submit our very best offer. So we did, and then we waited – and we were outbid…