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By Charles A. Deacon As I was growing up, I can’t remember celebrating many New Year’s Eves. But I do remember two things happening on New Year's Days. The first event was when Edith Beal and Alice Belcher, distant cousins, joined us for dinner at noon. Edith, a widow, did the cooking for the two of them. She was short and very heavy. Alice, tall and thin, served as …

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The law, if it is enacted, might not be aggressively enforced. In practice, it would surely be too difficult to cite every driver smoking with a child inside the vehicle. But Erie County should adopt this legislation, anyway. It will send the right message about a pernicious habit that risks the health of the helpless. Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke proposed th…

Why would Norwegians want to come to America? Looks like our president has never heard the saying, “It’s wise to engage brain before putting mouth in gear.” He seems to only want white, blue-eyed blondes from Norway, Sweden or Finland to become new citizens of our country. He is foolish enough to pick countries that have, probably, the best government-sponsored social …

Don’t mess with marina across from CanalsideLeave the marina across from Canalside alone. Please. Every year for the past five years, there has been a disruption of First Buffalo River Marina, always ending with the loss of slips. Longtime, paying residents of the marina are displaced by yet another access point for the public. Now there is talk of another bike ferry landi…

GOP leaders need to stop burying their heads in sandI have a theory about why Republicans are burying their heads in the sand over President Trump: They want Democrats to do the dirty work.Follow my logic: Democrats win back the House and Senate this November and impeachment proceedings begin. It’s a quick, no-nonsense process, even in the Senate, because future Sen. Mitt …

When will Democrats start working to cut state taxes?Well, I see our well-heeled state Democrats are at it again in their attempt to undermine President Trump. Now they’re attacking his historic tax overhaul. Friday’s front-page story talking about creating state-run charities to do an end run around the SALT limits in the new tax code is like the kettle calling the pot bl…

Raise speed limit to 40 mph on Scajaquada ExpresswayI applaud Rod Watson’s recent comments about the Scajaquada Expressway. Route 198 is part of a regional transportation system. It is a state road, not a Buffalo road, not a Parkside community road. New York State built Route 198 to connect Route 33 and Interstate 190. Where Delaware Park was compromised to build Route 198…

By Bob McCarthy The Jan. 1 news dropped onto New York Republicans about as welcome as a New Year’s hangover. Harry Wilson, the Westchester County financier who was actively exploring a challenge to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this year, passed on a campaign the GOP desperately wanted him to embrace. “I have been highly reluctant to rule out running because I very much woul…

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WASHINGTON — It was the late senator from Hell's Kitchen, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who cautioned his fellow Democrats: "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." Moynihan was referring to his party's love of spending other people's borrowed money. The saying might apply better these days to the Republicans' loose- lipped president, Donald Trump, whose mouth repeate…

Today is the day the nation celebrates the birth of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who is regarded as the leader of the Civil Rights movement. Yet, were he alive, he might be at a loss as to why some key initiatives for which he and his contemporaries had marched and even died are still being debated. Both black and white supporters fought for change, placing their …

By Kevin Gaughan In his classic World War II novel, "Catch-22," Joseph Heller reveals the circular reasoning of bureaucracies. A military regulation allows pilots mentally unfit to fly bombing missions to be excused. When Captain Yossarian seeks the exemption, he's told his desire to avoid war’s madness proves his sanity, and he must continue bombing. Reading conserv…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s roughly formulated plan to alleviate the pain of state taxpayers who might otherwise suffer under the new federal tax scheme is – so far, at least – a classic example of “it’s the thought that counts.” The question now is whether the thought will translate into action. The governor has been battered over his response to the new tax law, which l…