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By Bob O'Connor Some 40 years ago, my wife headed to Albany for a job. Everything we owned fit into one of those small U-Haul trucks. We didn’t have kids yet, although she was pregnant. With babies came the cribs, changing tables and hundreds of tiny little outfits that would fit them for about 10 days. Older kids also meant bikes, basketballs and a billion school …

By Daniel Baldwin Hess and Alex Bitterman SPECIAL TO THE NEWS The nonprofit organization Meals on Wheels delivers not only food, but much more. However, under the federal budget proposed by President Trump, continuation of the vital services offered by Meals on Wheels is in jeopardy. Meals on Wheels of Western New York provides over 1 million meals to our elder…

I thought Trump was going to help peopleIn regard to the article in The News about President Trump possibly phasing out funds for HEAP, it would be pretty heartless if he does. This program helps so many who really need it to keep warm during our cold winters. Then I saw that he is thinking about not funding another program – Meals on Wheels.To think I voted for him beca…

Central Terminal station will transform East SideCommendations to Rep. Brian Higgins and architect Bob Stark and the noted architects who joined Higgins to support restoration of the Central Terminal over the option of new construction for a train station at Canalside in downtown Buffalo.Hopefully the train station committee, governor and those with decision-making powers …

More action needed to end America’s opioid epidemicNew York State saw a 20.4 percent increase in drug overdose deaths from 2014 to 2015. And more than 10 million Americans report misusing opioids. I know the power of addiction to destroy lives and families.Congress, the administration, public health agencies and a number of states have taken important initial steps, but …

President is being exposed as a fraudWhat a fraud! So President Trump is the master negotiator. I think that the problem is that in Trumpworld, all negotiations are a zero-sum game in which the only real question is who gets how much money. How to divide the pie. The bottom line.He cannot begin to comprehend the intricacies of negotiations where people’s lives and nation…

Bargain with drug firms to cut exorbitant pricesWe often hear the claim, “Americans have the best health care in the world.” True? Well, it depends how you look at it. True, we have available, to some, the most advanced health care technologies. However, among industrialized nations we score poorly on national health statistics. Most recently it was reported in the Ann…

Time for Collins to meet with his real constituentsRep. Chris Collins appeared on a televised “town hall” on CNN and at least he was not a complete ogre! He said his mother-in-law had used Meals on Wheels and he would not support any cuts to it. He has also said he supports heat assistance money. So far so good. But when he told the CNN folks that President Trump is do…

There’s no room to add train station at CanalsideIt looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Byron Brown plan on recommending a new train station at Canalside. Rep Brian Higgins hit it right on the button that trains and buses do not belong at Canalside but should be located at the Central Terminal.Also, moving the present bus station to the Central Terminal would then ope…

Both parties should fix our nation’s health careIt’s time that we reach out to our representatives and get them to be proactive and work across the aisle and get a health care plan that represents everyone, now and for the future. In the process, let’s ask health care providers and the insurance companies what they are willing to do and how they will do it.We can’t…

By Sandy Barton Lately it’s been a series of ups and downs in the world, the community and in our family. People are finding their voices, weather is wreaking havoc, and personal battles wage. Our 7-year-old great-niece is fighting for her life after a bout with the flu, our beautiful first grandchild has arrived, more unrest has erupted around the globe and, as we…

By Joyce Hodgson We are our own worst critics. I know I judge myself harshly; picking on my faults and failures. Thinking I am never good enough, thin enough, smart enough, tough enough. Some days I really believe those words. I’m in training to hike the Appalachian Trail and no matter how much I train for it, I feel like it won’t really happen. Something will st…

Workers’ compensation is vital when hurt on jobA recent News editorial talks about the effect of workers’ compensation on businesses, but ignores injured workers like me. If an employee gets hurt on the job, workers’ compensation provides coverage. You never think you’re going to need workers’ compensation – until, that is, you do.That’s what happened to me. …

Country would be better if we all worked togetherIt’s so easy to be cynical. I can’t remember any time when virtually everyone was “for us.” For instance, TV stations, banks, insurance companies, drug companies, grocery stores, cable companies, cellphone providers and the list goes on. Of course, our No. 1 friend is government, or the politicians who represent us.A…

Cuomo’s hypocrisy is truly astonishingGov. Andrew Cuomo says the GOP’s plan to free up counties from having to pay a share of Medicaid costs is unconstitutional and he’ll file a lawsuit on behalf of the people of New York. Hello? Isn’t the SAFE Act unconstitutional? This is an example of the pot calling the kettle black. Cuomo’s hypocrisy is astonishing.The Secon…