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Republicans and Democrats are working in Washington to improve the care provided to the nation’s 21 million veterans. And they’re doing it together. Maybe there’s hope yet. It’s all but unheard of these days for members of the opposite party to collaborate on important matters, and it is to the detriment of the country and of Congress’ reputation for seriou…

Legislature should revisit a new vehicle noise statuteMany years ago a law was passed making “unreasonable noise” from motorcycles and souped-up sports cars a violation of the New York State traffic laws. It was later declared unconstitutional because the standard “unreasonable noise” was too indefinite and uncertain.Today, with all the advancements since then in t…

Drivers are moving too fast and furious for road safetyHeads up out there. We have “fast and furious” on our roads.I’ll stipulate up front that everyone believes that they are excellent drivers. Having said that, it’s getting more dangerous out there on the roads. Between the low gas prices, coffee drinking, doughnut eating and the ever-present cellphones, not much…

Hamburg sports complex proposal is still a puzzleIt is incumbent upon us to hold our leaders accountable for decisions that impact our community. For example, the $30 million proposed sports complex to be built in the Town of Hamburg. This project still has numerous unanswered questions and is being decided by the Town Council without any kind of public referendum. Accordi…

Medicaid should not be used to help in the opioid crisisIn the PolitiFact article published in the July 20 Buffalo News, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., emphasized the importance of Medicaid in battling the opioid crisis. Warren said, “Right now, Medicaid is the principal way we deal with opioid abuse.”Who is kidding who here? First of all Medicaid is not battling the …

Trump supporters are being unrealistic about resultsDonald Trump supporters need to stop blaming the press/media and his critics for the president’s problems. They need to look at the man himself. Trump entered the presidency completely unprepared for the job. He had and still has no idea what it takes or means to be president of the United States. It appears he has litt…

Make Congress use the same health care plan as the votersThere’s a solution to our health care problems that members of Congress won’t like, but would benefit every other American. Repeal the plan that currently covers all members of Congress and replace it with whatever health care plan Congress will then devise.Since our senators and representatives will have a stron…

Just when you think things couldn’t get worse … With New York’s wretched system of electing judges taking criticism even from the lofty perches of the U.S. Supreme Court, you would think the pols who play in this mud puddle would be at least a tiny bit chastened. But – no. Undeterred, they continue to cavort in the muck, either oblivious of or indifferent to the…

The region is getting sick on empty growth caloriesWith the announcement of yet another national restaurant franchise coming to Western New York, one has to wonder if our area is becoming a casualty of elevated levels of economic cholesterol. It is something we seem to crave as we celebrate the arrival of any activity that promotes food consumption and/or drinking.The supp…

NFTA should try hailing a ride into the 21st centuryNo sooner was ride-hailing approved for Western New York, once reserved for the New York City area, than the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority tried to impose a $3.50 surcharge for Uber and Lyft drivers traveling to and from the airport. The transit agency leaders quickly blamed ride-hailing on a forecasted $2 mil…

Reversal in Silver case sends the wrong messageOn July 14, my face turned red with disgust at former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s conviction overturned by a federal Appeals Court! He has to be laughing all the way to the bank. What an outrage and a slap in the face of the taxpayers! When are we going to wake up? When is the corruption, bribery, etc., going to stop? …

Let Obamacare die slowly and we will all be betterIn light of the Republican failure to pass a new health care plan, I am reminded of the words, “Bad thing, good thing. Who knows?” So now maybe by stepping back and letting Obamacare die its slow death, it will be a good thing. Certainly it’s a bad thing for those who cannot afford what was touted to have been good fo…

McCain demonstrates why Americans need health careDoesn’t it seem a little ironic that a 70-year-old senator out sick held up a health care vote that would have slashed Medicaid by billions?Sen. John McCain is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, few and far between in Congress, and a senior citizen with the best health care on the planet who will have no hospital bill from …

Trump needs to come clean and admit what he knewI find it incredible that President Trump knew nothing about his son and son-in-law meeting with the Russians until recently. His deniability doesn’t ring true. His son and son-in-law didn’t tell him!President Trump is trying to run the country like his business, helter skelter. Mr. President, it’s not working. Stop twe…