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By Andrew M. Cuomo Special to The News Republicans in Congress said they were going to pass tax relief for the middle class, but they did the exact opposite. The GOP tax plan is a tax cut for corporations and the rich. While the topic is complicated, here is the inarguable fact: 50 percent of the tax cut goes to the wealthiest one percent of Americans. And it is paid f…

Editorials

If the pending loss of crucial deductions and an exploding budget deficit weren’t reason enough to hate the tax bill moving toward approval in Washington, here’s another: Tax legislation supported by congressional Republicans would penalize renewable energy sources while favoring producers of fossil fuels. It looks backward and seeks to trip up an industry that is cruc…

By Paul C. Atkinson As time leads us away from last decade’s financial crisis, national economists fear that conditions may be making it easier for us to again slip into a danger zone. Serious credit card delinquencies rose for the third straight quarter, a trend not seen since 2009 – right after our economic collapse. A recent poll – the NFCC 2017 Consumer Fin…

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WASHINGTON – Wish good luck to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, representing Native Americans and Canadians along the New York/Canadian border. They have asked President Trump for an apology. They want this president of the United States to stop exploiting indigenous people, using them as props. The Mohawks were among those who protested Trump’s inviting a group…

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It’s unfortunate that something so valuable and doable took seven years to implement, but the good news is that an effort to improve air safety is finally being implemented. The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday released a test version of a database that will give airlines easy access to the federal records of individual pilots. Here’s the importance of th…

For those who think governments in New York or Washington can become too intrusive, we offer this thought: Thank your lucky stars you don’t live in Quebec. There, the provincial legislature has unanimously passed a resolution calling on all shopkeepers to stop saying “Bonjour hi” when they greet customers. “Hi” is too English for the Quebec language police. Fr…

By Brian D. Knauth The holiday season is upon us, which means parties and visits with families and friends. In December we take time off from our day-to-day lives to celebrate our connections, and getting to those connections usually means driving. Unfortunately, car travel has become one of the most dangerous activities for Americans. While other developed countries…

By Dennis Klimko When you’re in the turkey business, late fall is the busiest time of the year. My daughter Erin’s friend owns a turkey farm and every year at this time she helps with the harvest. Last year, grandson Emmett was 11 years old and asked if he could come along. Farmer Harold said yes, but he would put Emmett to work. They arrived at 6 a.m. and Farmer…

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Here’s the edited version of a valuable new assessment of Buffalo’s housing market: It’s booming, except where it isn’t. That’s a short way of saying that while the city’s resurgence is real, it doesn’t yet extend to many parts of the city. That creates challenges in developing a municipal policy on affordable housing. To help plot a way forward, the city …

By Cynthia Van Ness As white supremacists and neo-Nazis explode across headlines and screens, I thought back to events in Buffalo from 1922-1925. We were one of several otherwise progressive Northern cities that experienced a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. One of the most inspiring books about Buffalo history is Shawn Lay’s “Hooded Knights on the Niagara” (199…

By Laura Seil Ruszczyk During the time I worked as an elementary school counselor, I spent 12 30-minute blocks yearly teaching our kindergarteners the I Care Rules. These five rules were reinforced through the children’s primary school years and were an easy reference to promote responsible behavior toward self and others. I wonder whether the I Care Rules would be he…

By Larry Zielinski Special to The News Like many of my fellow baby boomers, I recently experienced the loss of a parent. My siblings and I were able to make sure that our beloved mother passed away on her own terms in her own home, with the help of a great palliative care team from Hospice Buffalo. However, there are some things I would have done differently in retrosp…

It’s good news for all that Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office is investigating police use of traffic checkpoints in Buffalo and enforcement sweeps in public housing. Police may not like it at first, but once complete, the boundaries and rules should be clear to all. The first thing to note is that such police activities are not unusual. To be constituti…

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Awaiting the signature of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is an important bill whose influence will benefit every New Yorker, especially those who run into a brick wall while trying to pry public information out of government agencies. The sooner Cuomo signs it, the sooner he can boast about making government work better for some 20 million residents. The bill closes a gaping hole…

By Martha Buyer The FCC is poised to take action next week to invalidate the Obama-era Open Internet Order. Even the way that the act has been titled, “The Restoring Internet Freedom Act,” is offensive to those who believe there are greater goods than shareholder return. This action will harm consumers – both individual and enterprise – in significant, costly an…