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Collins proposes an unreal tax relief plan for citizensThe title of Rep. Chris Collins’ Nov. 11 News column should be “Unreal Tax Relief.” We spend on average hundreds of billions more per year than we generate in tax revenue. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are doing anything to reduce spending.A crisis looms as Medicare and Social Security trust funds drain down.…

Lack of information led to defeat of conventionVoter suppression by unions and politicians defeated the constitutional convention. The electorate was not properly informed of the timeline and process required to conduct a constitutional convention. Voters were led to believe a “yes” vote would lead to loss of health benefits and union rights and government abuses of po…

Shoppers should consider buying at farmers marketsWe sometimes don’t realize how lucky we are to have access to such great food here in Western New York. Our grocery stores are amazing, and even better, we have many farms in our region providing fresh local products (almost) year-round.In fall, I think the best place to get food is the Clinton Bailey farmers market. The …

WASHINGTON – Think of the tax revision bill that just passed the House as “The Son of Citizens United v. F.E.C. Tax Bill.” The title refers to the infamous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed the torrent of secret, and unlimited, corporate and union campaign cash on this town. It changed politics and governance in America by moving both behind the curtains, perh…

By Bob Poczik Last winter a woman whom I didn’t know called to let me know that she had been moved to tears by my My View column about Christmas decorations that appeared last December. She had hesitated to call out of fear that it might be intrusive. I told her that I really loved getting her call, and realized that affirmations are often not given because people hol…

So much could have gone wrong, but in the end, it was just about perfect. The move from the now-closed Women and Children’s Hospital on Elmwood Avenue to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus went according to well-laid, well-practiced plan. It’s hard to comprehend the complexity of such a transition, even without the add…

By Crystal Peoples-Stokes Charter schools exist to give parents and students a choice. Why shouldn’t they have a choice? My grandson graduated from a charter school and did very well. I am an advocate for school choice and for charter schools. However, a major problem with the growing number of charter schools in the district is the heavy burden of funding. Superin…

Editorials

It’s not the way anyone would want a day to unfold, but it’s plain that many people are alive today only because Tuesday took a dramatic turn for Mark Pinnavaia and Christopher Kaufmann. The two men stopped what might otherwise have been a massacre. The two men were working in a buness near a Dollar General in Cheektowaga when a man started shooting into the store w…

Streaker does not deserve celebration or supportIt is truly a sad state of affairs in a nation where a man who runs naked in front of minors and children is celebrated and supported by so many.Yes, there were children and minors viewing the creep at the stadium. Maybe he will get his own game show; he surely got more than one sentence of newsprint.America is truly spiralin…

Trump’s words belied by his damaging actionsThe only thing I can say about the Trump presidency is that it keeps me vigilant in paying attention to his contradictory behaviors and messages.I know I shouldn’t be surprised that at least 35 percent of the population stands firmly behind President Trump, finding his mean and hateful actions rewarding and just what they wan…

West Seneca’s big increase in taxes has a bad smellRegarding the hideous 8.6 percent tax raise in West Seneca, it is incomprehensible to think that the raise is justified in any way. Hamburg is a larger town, with fewer employees, and the tax rate there was raised only a little over 2 percent. Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan has said that she pays taxes in West Seneca, too…

Lawmakers should explain where the economy standsI realize a tax cut may stimulate the economy and possibly result in more revenue for the Treasury. The key word in my last sentence was “may;” I did not use “will.”Arthur Laffer, the noted supply-side economist, theorized that there was a curve with a point where the tax rate and the amount of taxes collected would …

Focus on Gosy seems unfair against the sheriffI just finished reading the Nov. 9 News article on Dr. Eugene J. Gosy and I find it quite astounding that this doctor, who has treated hundreds of patients for pain, my wife included, could be prosecuted and possibly be sentenced to life in prison for the sad deaths of six of his patients.While Sheriff Tim Howard, who at this p…

Senate is trying to get two-for-one with tax billThe Senate is again in the process of trying to claim victory by gutting the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by attaching it to the tax overhaul bill.I guess it would give great satisfaction to the Trump/conservative base and claim a major victory before the 2018 midterm election. It is hard for me to understand what kind of…