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New Yorkers should want their coequal branches of government to function as the check first envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. Human nature is such that power needs to be monitored. But New Yorkers should also want those who are serving in that essential role to do it more like adults and less like showboats. Assemblyman Raymond Walter should take note. The Amherst…

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WASHINGTON – Think of the tax revision bill that just passed the House as “The Son of Citizens United v. F.E.C. Tax Bill.” The title refers to the infamous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed the torrent of secret, and unlimited, corporate and union campaign cash on this town. It changed politics and governance in America by moving both behind the curtains, perh…

By Barry Kaufmann Using deceptive tax proposals as a measure, it appears that the elected officials controlling the federal government no longer care about good economic policy or the well-being of all Americans, especially the most vulnerable, including seniors. Whether it’s the White House proposal, the Senate or House versions – it’s all bad for the vast maj…

By Bob O'Connor My wife and I became LOAFIs a few years ago: living on a fixed income. As a retiree, I must admit the complete lack of responsibility is enjoyable, and I want to thank all those who continue to work and support me. However, I am getting a little tired of the question, “Do you miss the job?” Really? To me it is like asking a mother if she misses…

Editorials

Buffalo is being presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve two of its signature parks. For it to happen, though, the park’s overseers need to sign on, but for reasons as yet unexplained, they are resisting. It’s time for the community to let the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy know that foot-dragging isn’t an acceptable response. The conservancy…

By Ronald Fraser For the first time since 1972 the number of people behind bars in American prisons and jails in 2015 declined slightly, to 2.2 million from 2.4 million in 2010. That’s the good news. Fordham Law School professor John F. Pfaff, however, warns in his new book, “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform,” that…

Collins proposes an unreal tax relief plan for citizensThe title of Rep. Chris Collins’ Nov. 11 News column should be “Unreal Tax Relief.” We spend on average hundreds of billions more per year than we generate in tax revenue. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are doing anything to reduce spending.A crisis looms as Medicare and Social Security trust funds drain down.…

Lack of information led to defeat of conventionVoter suppression by unions and politicians defeated the constitutional convention. The electorate was not properly informed of the timeline and process required to conduct a constitutional convention. Voters were led to believe a “yes” vote would lead to loss of health benefits and union rights and government abuses of po…

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 …

Editorials

New Yorkers should want their coequal branches of government to function as the check first envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. Human nature is such that power needs to be monitored. But New Yorkers should also want those who are serving in that essential role to do it more like adults and less like showboats. Assemblyman Raymond Walter should take note. The Amherst…

By Barry Kaufmann Using deceptive tax proposals as a measure, it appears that the elected officials controlling the federal government no longer care about good economic policy or the well-being of all Americans, especially the most vulnerable, including seniors. Whether it’s the White House proposal, the Senate or House versions – it’s all bad for the vast maj…

WASHINGTON – Think of the tax revision bill that just passed the House as “The Son of Citizens United v. F.E.C. Tax Bill.” The title refers to the infamous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed the torrent of secret, and unlimited, corporate and union campaign cash on this town. It changed politics and governance in America by moving both behind the curtains, perh…

By Bob Poczik Last winter a woman whom I didn’t know called to let me know that she had been moved to tears by my My View column about Christmas decorations that appeared last December. She had hesitated to call out of fear that it might be intrusive. I told her that I really loved getting her call, and realized that affirmations are often not given because people hol…

So much could have gone wrong, but in the end, it was just about perfect. The move from the now-closed Women and Children’s Hospital on Elmwood Avenue to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus went according to well-laid, well-practiced plan. It’s hard to comprehend the complexity of such a transition, even without the add…