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Shoppers should consider buying at farmers marketsWe sometimes don’t realize how lucky we are to have access to such great food here in Western New York. Our grocery stores are amazing, and even better, we have many farms in our region providing fresh local products (almost) year-round.In fall, I think the best place to get food is the Clinton Bailey farmers market. The …

Driving is more important than texting family, friendsAs a 20-year-old driver, I may not be the most experienced motorist, but I’ve seen both experienced and inexperienced drivers make the wrong decisions on the road. I have experienced close calls, just as I am sure you all have.After class one afternoon, I was almost hit by a man pulling into traffic while checking bot…

BMHA situation grows more difficult each dayIn response to former Commissioner Joseph Mascia’s call to replace Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority leaders, as a BMHA tenant I would like to add a few observations.Two initiatives, a no-smoking policy and trash recycling, have recently been deployed. Tenants were given advance notice by mail, in English and Spanish, citing …

Gunfire should not ring in the holiest of housesRegardless of your religion, any place of worship is God’s house and there should be no weapons. But if everyone is entitled to carry a gun for self-protection, some people have no problem using God’s house as a shooting gallery.Everyone should be able to go into God’s house and not have to worry about being attacked.Pa…

Collins is not representing his middle-class taxpayersChris Collins, representative of my district in Congress, was good enough to publish his justification of the new tax bill. He is, as always, rough-hewn in presenting his case. That being said, the Republican agenda does not favor the middle class or poor.It is good that he presents numbers, which we can verify over tim…

Citizens must make plans to guard against dangerThere is nothing that you or the government can do to prevent a crazy person from using a truck, gun, knife, gas or a baseball bat to endanger and/or kill you and your loved ones.Question is, what do you plan to do to protect yourself and your loved ones?When I’m out with my wife, who is disabled, or by myself, I am acutely…

Local leaders should tell DOT to rethink ScajaquadaWe are at a critical juncture on the Department of Transportation’s plan for the Scajaquada Expressway.In August, the DOT dictated its view of the expressway design that ignored 15 years of community input in favor of the same 1950s transportation model that favored the automobile over communities and our park system. No…

Editorials

Residents of the Lake Ontario shoreline got some welcome news this week, as the Trump administration approved a disaster declaration for an area that was torn up by spring floods. It was the right thing to do. Historic levels of rainfall this year caused terrible destruction along the lake’s south shore. It’s well accepted that it is Washington’s job to help when …

By Casimiro D. Rodriguez Sr. Once again, the City of Good Neighbors lived up to that name with the recent outpouring of care for those living in Puerto Rico. Western New Yorkers from every corner of the region answered the call to donate what they could, sending in high-needs personal care and nutritional items, as well as contributing monetarily. The overwhelming co…

By Paul Steffan Sometime in the summer of 1976 our family TV experience changed forever. International Cable was finally available on our street and we eagerly signed up, hungry for ESPN and Buffalo Sabres games. I’ll never forget the “semi” remote controller, a white box about the size of an iPad Mini that had about 20 feet of cord that connected to the box at th…

Kneeling in the name of democracy has meaningTo carry on the fight against tyranny is duty. To use the tools that best get your point across in a peaceful, respectful manner is admirable. When the knights were “knighted” they “took a knee.” It is a sign of respect. When a man kneels to propose matrimony, does a woman complain that he disrespected her?Today’s “p…

Call Collins, other officials to stop this tax disasterI listened to a local tax expert on the radio last Saturday afternoon, and she was most informed about the major changes that will affect many of us next year if the new tax bill is passed.The following deductions will no longer be taken for tax writeoffs: office space within our homes, computer purchases, union dues a…

Tax plan hurts students already burdened with debtThe two tax bills winding their way through the Republican-controlled Congress both have provisions to hurt college students.One provision would not allow a deduction for student loans; the other would count a tuition waiver for graduate students as taxable income. Both provisions make the financial burden of a college educ…

Columns

More news, notes and observations: • The eyes of New York are upon Texas, at least GOP eyes. Republican sources say Harry Wilson made his way to Austin for a mid-week meeting of the Republican Governors Association in another sign that the Westchester financier continues to seriously explore challenging Democrat Andrew Cuomo next year. Wilson is only a semi-fa…