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Birth control coverage should be guaranteedI am outraged that the Trump administration has taken direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women, eliminating the guarantee for birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act.Birth control is not controversial. A majority of Americans support no-copay birth control, because they understand that women’s abili…

Editor’s note: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wrote this letter to Vice President Mike Pence in advance of the vice president’s visit to Buffalo Tuesday. … To Vice President Pence: Welcome to New York. Know this, when you come to our state to sell health care and tax plans as beneficial when in reality they are a direct attack on New Yorkers – we say no. The fede…

By Mike Pence In the first nine months of our administration, President Trump has taken decisive action to get the American economy moving again. We’ve slashed job-killing red tape at a record pace, unleashed American energy and put working families first with our trade policy. The results are undeniable: Businesses have created over 1 million new jobs, unemploymen…

By Linda Militello It was still dark outside when voices awakened me from the last full night’s sleep I would have for many years. My mother left work in the middle of her night shift at the Trico factory. I walked into the living room to find a man I had never even heard about and four children sitting on the couch. My mother announced, “This is your new family …

It’s nice to see Collins join Climate Solutions CaucusThere is a sign in Rep. Chris Collins’ Lancaster office that spells out the representative’s core values. One of these is “ensuring a bright future for our children and grandchildren.” In September, Collins, R-N.Y., took a meaningful step toward that goal when he joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.…

NFL scrambles to keep its cash cow producingI have no problem with NFL players respectfully kneeling during the national anthem. I also have no problem with fans not attending NFL games or not watching them on television as they protest the protesters. I find it interesting how the NFL conglomerate scrambles to make everyone happy so it can keep its cash cow healthy.Robert…

Time to honor the words that the flag representsWhat is more important: the words, “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” or the symbol that is supposed to represent the words? I have the utmost respect for anybody who has served this country. But for those with skin darker than mine, I go beyond respect to compassion. I have a question for veterans of my com…

Explore new ways to move people around Outer HarborThe recent article about developing Terminals A and B on the Outer Harbor covers a lot of ground but omits the issue of getting there. Any future development at either terminal needs to consider innovative ways to move large numbers of people to and from the Outer Harbor.As we grow, it is important for us to consider the e…

Buffalo’s parents are voting with their feet – or, more precisely, with their children’s feet. Demand for spots in city charter schools is unrelenting and, whatever the critics of those school may say, they are serving a public need. The only way that need will diminish is for regular public schools to improve their performance – a development that would benefit al…

Certain businesses do not belong in residential neighborhoods, slaughterhouses being among them. There are practical reasons for slaughterhouses to exist. But when such operations are being proposed for densely populated residential areas, officials must reject the request. Masaab Darwish wants to open a restaurant and poultry slaughterhouse on the site of a former D…

By Peter Stuhlmiller Why is it so hard to get out of our own way? Over 10 years ago, business avatar Patrick Lencioni published his highly regarded fable, “Silos, Politics and Turf Wars.” Stakeholders in the Town of Tonawanda have applied his theme to improving quality-of-life issues in our community. Various stakeholder groups broke down traditional silos of sel…

Phasing out CD players in cars is disappointingI’m a semi-retired woman in my mid-60s. Although sometimes keeping up with technology is a challenge, I do try. I grew up in a time when we didn’t have cellphones “Velcroed” to our bodies 24/7. For that, I am so grateful.Recently, I leased a 2017 car. It’s nice. It shows me what I’m backing into, let’s me know if…

Time to bring back ban on assault riflesBased on Rod Watson’s Oct. 5 column, I can tell he’s been drinking too much of the NRA and SCOPE Kool-Aid.From 1994 to 2004 we had a federal ban on assault rifles. We all survived that grievous injustice quite well. We had plenty of guns available for defense and the shooting sports; nobody was killed because they needed 30 round…

Mike Sluberski has it exactly right. The Erie County sheriff’s deputy has noticed an improvement in the conduct of some of the citizens who interact with him at the Rath Building in downtown Buffalo, and he understands the protection that it provides him against allegations of misconduct. “When it comes down to a ‘he said, she said,’ it’s right there.” It…