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Collins’ backing of tax reform bill raises questions of his allegianceI have received a mailing, at taxpayer expense, from my congressman, Chris Collins, promoting the current tax cut bill as bringing “real relief to middle income citizens”. Collins has said he does not believe meeting his constituents at town meetings is useful. But if he did meet with us I would ask why …

More opposition to possible funding cuts for public collegesI would like to applaud Diana Butsch on her letter printed in the Dec. 1 Buffalo News. I, too, disagree with predicted funding cuts for public colleges. Rather than accepting high tuitions so only the elite can afford college, we need to offer low tuition and scholarships, so that a wider diversity of students can…

Feroleto’s stance on inclusionary zoning seems contradictoryIt doesn’t make sense that Delaware Council Member Joel Feroleto would say he “supports the concept of inclusionary zoning, but that his district is pretty much built up.”As he well knows, of the three major development projects currently in various stages of planning in the Elmwood Village, not one yet has a shov…

Enough of the dizzying drama from local weather forecastersI know that weather forecasters have to make a living, and Buffalo can be an impossible place from which to forecast. But, please stop trying to forecast from 48 hours out. The drama, theatrics and sensationalism are too much to take. We love to poke fun at the way Southerners react to a couple inches of snow. Well…

Plenty of blame to go around in shooting of woman by ‘hunter’The media has been portraying the person who shot a woman who was walking her dog as a hunter. This shooter is by no means a hunter. A responsible hunter would not fire a gun after dark at an unknown target. However, the responsibility should not stop with this shooter. The responsibility should also be put on th…

Former Kemp aide criticized for promoting Reagan tax cutsShame on Russ Gugino for peddling the piffle that was published in The Buffalo News (Another Voice, Nov. 30). Gugino has had 30 plus years to reflect upon the “Reagan-Kemp” tax reforms. Yet, he maintains a cocksure belief that reducing taxes on the wealthiest somehow benefits the working class?A simple examination of…

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Buffalo teachers may have a point regarding discipline in city schools, but Superintendent Kriner Cash has the better policy. Not all infractions call for harsh punishment and suspensions should be reserved for incidents in which no lesser punishment is suitable. But the Buffalo Teachers Federation says students who act out, disrupting classes in one way or another, are…

There’s good news and better news on the 2017 News Neediest Fund. The good news is that donations are coming in at around the same rate as they did last year. The better news is that for those who still want to give, there is both the time and the need for your help. This is the 36th year the News Neediest Fund has reached out to the community for donations that will he…

By Joseph Xavier Martin My wife Mary and I were fortunate enough to visit the Alpine countries in Europe. All of the storybook fables, of dark forests, cuckoo clocks and verdant Alpine meadows were as picturesque in real life as they had been in Grimm’s fairy tales. The magnificent specter of the Alps was awe inspiring. But, like most journeys, it was the people, their …

By Kyle Clarey The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is meant to link the Buffalo Niagara region and unite the citizens of Western New York, but it consistently fails to do that. In my opinion, declining ridership isn’t due to some cyclical trend; rather, it arises from the misguided design of the current system. We have a Metro Rail that runs in a straight l…

Tax reform plan is loaded with gimmicks, deficitsI support comprehensive tax reform, but I do not support the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”This irresponsible bill adds at least $1.4 trillion to the deficit and could add as much as $1.7 trillion. The development of the bill completely left out rank-and-file Republicans and all Democrats. The proposal relies on magical thinking a…

Lawmakers appear to be for sale to the highest bidder A News headline a few days ago read “Libyan men sold to the highest bidders.” In the USA, these men are known as lawmakers. Our local congressman confirmed that when he openly stated his cash from big donors would dry up if they didn’t pass the tax reform for millionaires. Case closed.Jim HennebergHamburg

Trump has no idea how to lead and should be replacedI am not alone when I feel disenfranchised as an American citizen.I am confused – just who is our president?I expect the president of the United States to understand the position of power he holds. He is a world leader.Donald Trump does not know how to be president. He is a huge mistake who somehow got elected president. …