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Unless something remarkable happens, the fight over where to provide psychiatric services to children in Western New York is over. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed a bill intended to keep the center at its location in West Seneca, and even though the measure passed both chambers of the Legislature unanimously, the likelihood of an override is close to zero. That means th…

By Dan Carey Special to The News When Americans board a plane, they deserve the best trained pilots with the most experience to deliver them safely to their destinations. Being a good pilot takes knowledge, skill and judgment – and experience and training builds all three. Pilots rely on that training to respond in an instant. In those moments of split-second decision-…

By Jim Shultz Why is Rep. Chris Collins supporting a tax bill in Congress that aims almost all its benefits at the wealthiest people in the nation? The tax cuts that the Republicans are trying to rush into law before Christmas are the most radical change in the U.S. tax system in more than 30 years. They include slashing the corporate tax rate and ending inheritance …

By Brian Kantz “Brian, I have something for you,” my mom said as she opened her car door and got out to give me a hug. I could tell by the thrill in her voice and the sparkle in her eyes – and the spring in her step after a long, leg-cramping drive – that this was going to be good. Really good. “It’s in the back seat.” I looked through the window and read the words s…

With economy booming, a tax cut is something we don’t needWhy a massive tax revision and reduction now? Tax deductions make economic sense when an economy is faltering, GDP falling and unemployment rising. Then the government should stimulate the private economy with tax reductions and increases in government spending. But at present our economy is doing well. The presiden…

By Karen King I received a holiday well-wishing text from an old friend from out of town the other day. After we exchanged the usual happy holidays, what are your plans, how have you been and what’s new stuff, he asked me a very telling question: Who was I more surprised about, Charlie Rose or Matt Lauer? My response regrettably was that I wasn’t surprised by either …

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By Tom Casey What would our deeply principled founders and great Republican leaders like Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt think of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? Is it moral and responsible? Lower estimates state that the law will add $1 trillion to our debt. Thomas Jefferson said, “We should consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally boun…

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A glimpse of the Navy’s future is resting gently today along Buffalo’s waterfront. The soon-to-be USS Little Rock is docked there, awaiting its commissioning on Saturday as its World War II-era namesake keeps watch nearby. The new Little Rock is a modern version of a cruiser, packing enormous power in a small package. It has enough bells, whistles and computer power tha…

Longtime truck driver wonders why people won’t turn on lightsAs I get older I look back at the priorities of government on motor vehicles. Rather than concentrating on self-driving cars and trucks that will never work in many parts of the country with snowstorms and dust storms, perhaps they should be concentrating on something that does work as on motorcycles. Mandatory d…

Republicans need to move on from probing Benghazi tragedyWhen will the right stop complaining about the four deaths in 2012 in the Benghazi attack. Sure it was a tragic loss of American lives, but I am certain that any person who takes a position in the Middle East or parts of Africa is aware of the potential risks associated with the job. We cannot protect every citizen w…

Have any NFL kneelers served country in military?What is wrong with this picture, a football player in his “beast mode” goes to play ball in Mexico. For our national anthem he kneels, disrespecting anthem, flag, country and our veterans who fought to give him this right. For this he earns millions of dollars.Guess what … for the Mexican anthem he probably stands.Now G.I. J…

Don’t fear appreciating and acknowledging Christmas Why so afraid to say “Christmas?” It’s becoming more and more absurd that we are subject to referring to anything related to Christmas as “the holidays.” This is predominately the media (especially you, Channel 7 News), but it is throughout the workplace, shops and restaurants. With few exceptions (good for you Valu!)…