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The past decade or so has been a challenging time in car manufacturing. It is a source of pride that this area can boast a productive General Motors plant in the Town of Tonawanda, where union and management have made it work. Key to that success has been Steve Finch, who for the past 11 years has navigated the plant over some rough roads. Finch has been a stellar leade…

Sometimes, a community’s growing pains fall into the category of “good problems to have.” It doesn’t fit in Allentown, at least not in regard to the explosive growth of bars. Residents of one of Buffalo’s most charming neighborhoods are sensibly concerned about the number of bars that are springing up. That might not be unusual in any circumstances, but given …

By Michael Silverman Here are some observations after returning from my third trip to Western Europe in the past five years. Things you will see in Europe include really old buildings, cathedrals, palaces, walled cities and other architectural wonders. It’s amazing how so many enormous structures were built without modern technology. You also will see lots of bi…

By John Calleri and Stan Radwan Some days ago, the citizens of Evans beat back the power of money and inside politicians. They voted to keep our Town Board at three despite the frantic and well-financed campaign of the town’s Democratic and Republican parties to upsize to five. The parties mailed fliers to all Evans voters and placed half-page ads in the PennySave…

Why do corporations get to keep their deductions?Why is it that corporations are getting to keep all their deductions even though the average Fortune 500 company pays around 19 percent in taxes after deductions, which means they will be paying about 9 percent with the new tax bill?On the flip side, the middle-class tax cut is temporary while the loss of deductions is perma…

Holiday store closing hours should consider employeesI recently read some national retailers where considering if they should stay open all night on Thanksgiving for shoppers. Do they really think this will contribute to a total increase in sales over the entire holiday season? I doubt it. My experience in 31 years of banking proves different.Banks opened at 9 a.m. and clo…

Black Friday has become the most American holidayBlack Friday is the most American holiday we celebrate. It’s a celebration of pointless consumerism, and why not? The hype built up to certain products and great sales builds tension like a big football game. This nationwide shopping mall sporting event boosts the economy, all while giving the people what they want: more p…

We should all be civil to everyone we encounter While I agree completely with the Nov. 10 letter writer on the need to respect all postal workers, I believe we should take it to the next step and be civil and respectful to everyone we deal with or come in contact with.Say hello to a stranger, offer help if it appears to be required and, as Joe said, try smiling and say som…

It’s too bad that every day isn’t seen as Veterans DayVeterans Day 2017 has come and gone for another year. The Buffalo News and the national media did a great job publicizing and acknowledging all our veterans from all past and present wars and conflicts. Our World War I vets and World War II vets are in their 80s and 90s and the numbers are dwindling more and more ea…

Ridge Road BUILD Academy should be included in legacyThe “revered legacy” of BUILD, featured in the Nov. 21 News article should include the BUILD Academy on lower Ridge Road in Lackawanna which I remember from the 1950s.The school at that time was housed in the former Moses Taylor Hospital building; this school was closed circa 1960s.The Moses Taylor Hospital was estab…

Ryan needs to finally break the awful political silenceI am so angry at Paul Ryan, who expects us to believe he is a devout Catholic. He is silent about everything that is happening, which is in opposition to the Catholic stands on social justice. Of course he fights against abortion, as most Christians do, but what about the rest? Let’s take the environment. Our pope is…

By Ron Gawel It all really started in 1977 after the now-iconic film treasure “Saturday Night Fever” was released in theaters across the country. Practically every young buck out there tried to capture the cool persona and imitate the cocky swagger of a young, slender John Travolta. He convincingly brought Tony to the big screen in that movie classic. I realized …

By Larry Beahan Oct. 1: A shooter with a horde of ammunition and enhanced semiautomatic rifles fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas into a crowd of country western music fans. He performed the unimaginable. He slaughtered 59 people and injured 500 more before he was brought down by police gunfire. Oct. 10: A Niagara Greenway notice popped …

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Thanksgiving 2017 arrives, in general terms, the way it always does: with families gathering around a table centered by a turkey. A large-ish parade is expected in a big-ish city. Did someone say football? But, as always, the kaleidoscope of time tumbles into new shapes, presenting new views, new challenges, new things for which we may be thankful, individually and coll…

Dems could resolve SALT by lowering state taxesI’m sending this letter as a service to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the rest of the Democrats lambasting those rascally Republicans who want to eliminate the state and local tax deduction (SALT). Eliminating the SALT tax deduction would harm high-tax states such as New York.The solution is simple. Lower taxes in New York State.…