Opinion - The Buffalo News
print logo

Rep. Chris Collins betrayed his district and his state this week with his smarmy and likely unconstitutional proposal to force changes in how New York funds its Medicaid program. He says with a straight face that it was about helping New Yorkers burdened with high property tax rates, but that was a fraud. It was about buying upstate Republican votes for a health care re…

Digital devices have become a constant presence in our daily lives, though perhaps a little irksome to some. In that group is Niagara Falls Councilman Kenny Tompkins, who came up with a measure calling for Council members to “refrain from bringing with them activated personal electronic devices of any nature, including cellphones, to any public meetings of this City C…

By James Dean With all of the problems facing our nation today, Congress has decided it needs to attack the federal workforce with arbitrary cuts and loss of rights. Right now, Congress is working on the most extreme union-busting, pension-stealing bills we’ve seen yet. These attacks focus on official time, one of our core union rights that the American Federation …

WASHINGTON – Pleadings for “states rights” are usually associated with the segregationist presidential candidates George C. Wallace and Strom Thurmond. Now this lame, discredited slogan is being sold by President Trump to justify the savage, disabling financial and staffing cuts in programs that are restoring the Great Lakes. Trump’s budget will undo nearly a…

By Wes Carter On the morning of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, many forums were held around the country in which people were discussing the changing administration in Washington and the nation’s expectations about the next four years. What emerged out of those discussions were sentiments about how devastatingly divided we are as a people, and along as many li…

By Sandy McPherson Carrubba Geary I come from a family of communicators. Perhaps that’s why I became a writer. Telling stories is implanted in my genes. Our family has always used  various communication skills. My mother employed what I called “the look.” When aimed at me, I understood I had better change my behavior. Quickly, if not sooner. After I became …

County authority delivers safe, high-quality tap waterI’m writing in response to the letter, “We all should be in favor of protecting water, air.” The writer’s devotion to the environment is admirable, but I would urge a similar devotion to facts.The Erie County Water Authority has a team of highly skilled laboratory analysts, a nationally recognized Water Quality …

Greater creative vision is needed for East SideAs I remember, approximately 60 years ago, downtown Main Street, the Fillmore-Broadway area to include the Broadway Market and Central Terminal, known as the East Side, was the hubbub of Buffalo.Significant investment has been made in the Metro Rail system, downtown Main Street, the University at Buffalo’s South Campus and C…

Climate change exists, so let’s find solutions“The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action.” This opening statement on ExxonMobil’s climate webpage summarizes the consensus reached not just by scientists around the world, but by large companies, as well. Debate no longer focuses on the existence of climate change, but has moved on to negotiatin…

President has shown he cannot be trustedIf President Trump lies, tweets or makes false statements about issues that can clearly be fact checked, how can the American public, Congress, U.S. military and foreign leaders believe him on classified information that involves a national security crisis? Trump has an inflated self-image, is impulsive and relies on alt-right “alt…

Bedbug holiday may come back to bite the taxpayersTo say that having bedbugs in the workplace is beyond the dignity of those exposed to them does have merit. However, it raises the question of how did they get there? I don’t think they came from the street or climbed the stairs themselves. They likely came from supplies from vendors or they hitched a ride on someone’s …

Literacy test was flawed, drove good teachers awayThe News editorial, “Restore the literacy test,” misses the point of why the New York State Board of Regents voted to eliminate the Academic Literary Skills Test (ALST).We applaud and support the Regents for making this decision, an educated, well-reasoned move that took into account almost three years of complaints abo…

Health care is a commodity, it’s not a constitutional rightA recent letter writer declared that health care was a “needed service” and therefore “ought to be a constitutional right.” This is in keeping with the position of Sen. Bernie Sanders and others on the left that it is a constitutional, even a basic human right.To believe so ignores the hard reality of the…

Collins’ greed, cowardice don’t help his constituentsBecause of gerrymandering, I got stuck with Chris Collins as my congressional representative. He no more represents me than does the narcissistic sociopath who was somehow elected president.If you look into Collins’ public sector and political background, you will find he has done nothing but use his past positions…

Trump must abandon discriminatory ordersExecutive Order on Immigration 2.0 – small tweaks – same train wreck of inimical motivations and unintended consequences. The first order banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and blocked all refugees for 120 days. After a federal court in Seattle blocked it, the administration tried again, only to be promptly blocke…