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Full dental disclosure results in responsible patient serviceThe News editorial board’s piece, “Full disclosure, please,” is right on for Erie County and our state. As it is written, it is a health and safety bipartisan issue. In my 50 years of being a practicing prosthodontist, I have consistently put the safety of my patients first, never even considering using den…

Trump adds to the swamp he once promised to drainWhy don’t they stop investigating the Russian influence in the election? Stop spending taxpayer money because Donald Trump will always find a way out to come clean!Does he think the whole world is stupid to believe that he didn’t know anything about the emails his son received from Russia? Donald Trump probably asked for…

Gillibrand’s poor choice of words is a troubling signWhatever happened to civility? Do you really want to be represented by a politician who can’t even communicate her ideas without using the worst word in the English language? But for those who haven’t heard, that is exactly what Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand used when she recently spoke before a group of young people. An…

Politicians should start putting public interest firstThe mystery to every American is health care. The Democrats want to keep Obamacare even though it’s imploding on its own. The Republicans want to repeal and replace it with God only knows what. The fact of the matter is neither party can bring themselves to do much of anything. Fight, argue, lie, mislead, misconstrue …

Strong leadership is required for any East Side resurgenceWith aggravated interest I continue to follow the foot-dragging in the rehabilitation of our languishing East Side. We’ve witnessed studies ad nauseam that go nowhere. The Central Terminal can be a catalyst for this rehabilitation if planned correctly. The need is for gutsy, don’t-take-no-for-an-answer leadershi…

Art museum expansion plans must retain the rich historyTogether with its architectural merit, the 1962 Gordon Bunshaft wing of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a major piece of Buffalo’s cultural history. The building was the product of a collaboration between Seymour Knox, perhaps the greatest art collector in the city’s history who amassed one of the most important c…

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…