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So it turns out both cities use the Niagara River as a sewage dump, if only occasionally and usually inadvertently. The cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario, have a problem with overflows that pollute their namesake river in wet weather. Neither side should be satisfied with that. The problem was highlighted earlier this summer under different circumstances. Th…

By Wayne Alt I appreciate the fine lead article (Nov. 9) by Colin Dabkowski on the historic speech of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Kleinhans Music Hall on Nov. 9, 1967. In the article, many Western New Yorkers expressed King’s ideas of compassionate alternatives to conflict in resolving war. I would like to add some additional historical pieces from a firsthand…

It wasn’t until I had a recent problem with my phone that I realized how uneasy my relationship with technology has been. It started back in the day when I had difficulty mastering the “if-then” statements on my Texas Instruments 99 computer. I bought the thing, I told myself, for my sons, but actually I wanted to be on the top of my game with the latest in techno…

Hitler’s Germany meant hate, suffering for JewsI am an escapee from the Hitlerian Germany and I will never forget what the Germans did to our people. I escaped from Naziland Germany as a child and grew up instantly with all the trauma that we as Jewish people suffered. Six million of our people were annihilated in the very late 1930s and early 1940s. Anything that we had…

Pitts is wrongheaded on his views about the presidentIn regards to Leonard Pitts’ Nov. 10 column, “Are we OK with massacres?” I, too, have exhausted, “My prayers go out to the families,” candlelight vigils, flowers and teddy bears, and am probably not alone.However, I take exception to Pitts’ negative and divisive spin that President Trump is partial in his pub…

Trump has trumped himself with a series of bad choicesI was intrigued by a recent Washington Post article “The Five Worst Things Trump Has Done Since the Election.” I didn’t think the “Worst” list adequately represented the president’s dubious performance, so I created my own; a monumental task considering the sheer number of possibilities. My list, in reverse …

Those who can afford it least will suffer under tax planLike me, I’m sure you read about the tax cuts that would affect the poorest of poor. Are the president and his cronies kidding! How would these cuts help anyone but the wealthy? If this passes, I pity the lower- and middle-class citizens.Do you ever wonder why you cast your vote for a government who would allow this…

Too much computing time clouds human thinkingStreets are often empty, playgrounds seldom used and paths, beaches and docks less used. When I ask people about this lack of use in some parts of Western New York and then in the Adirondacks they often reply that so many people are busy on their digital devices. This shift to worshiping the electronic device has cost us our ver…

Editorials

New Yorkers should want their coequal branches of government to function as the check first envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. Human nature is such that power needs to be monitored. But New Yorkers should also want those who are serving in that essential role to do it more like adults and less like showboats. Assemblyman Raymond Walter should take note. The Amherst…

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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 Barry Kaufmann Using deceptive tax proposals as a measure, it appears that the elected officials controlling the federal government no longer care about good economic policy or the well-being of all Americans, especially the most vulnerable, including seniors. Whether it’s the White House proposal, the Senate or House versions – it’s all bad for the vast maj…

By Bob O'Connor My wife and I became LOAFIs a few years ago: living on a fixed income. As a retiree, I must admit the complete lack of responsibility is enjoyable, and I want to thank all those who continue to work and support me. However, I am getting a little tired of the question, “Do you miss the job?” Really? To me it is like asking a mother if she misses…

Editorials

Buffalo is being presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve two of its signature parks. For it to happen, though, the park’s overseers need to sign on, but for reasons as yet unexplained, they are resisting. It’s time for the community to let the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy know that foot-dragging isn’t an acceptable response. The conservancy…