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Hitler’s Germany meant hate, suffering for JewsI am an escapee from the Hitlerian Germany and I will never forget what the Germans did to our people. I escaped from Naziland Germany as a child and grew up instantly with all the trauma that we as Jewish people suffered. Six million of our people were annihilated in the very late 1930s and early 1940s. Anything that we had…

Pitts is wrongheaded on his views about the presidentIn regards to Leonard Pitts’ Nov. 10 column, “Are we OK with massacres?” I, too, have exhausted, “My prayers go out to the families,” candlelight vigils, flowers and teddy bears, and am probably not alone.However, I take exception to Pitts’ negative and divisive spin that President Trump is partial in his pub…

Trump has trumped himself with a series of bad choicesI was intrigued by a recent Washington Post article “The Five Worst Things Trump Has Done Since the Election.” I didn’t think the “Worst” list adequately represented the president’s dubious performance, so I created my own; a monumental task considering the sheer number of possibilities. My list, in reverse …

Those who can afford it least will suffer under tax planLike me, I’m sure you read about the tax cuts that would affect the poorest of poor. Are the president and his cronies kidding! How would these cuts help anyone but the wealthy? If this passes, I pity the lower- and middle-class citizens.Do you ever wonder why you cast your vote for a government who would allow this…

Too much computing time clouds human thinkingStreets are often empty, playgrounds seldom used and paths, beaches and docks less used. When I ask people about this lack of use in some parts of Western New York and then in the Adirondacks they often reply that so many people are busy on their digital devices. This shift to worshiping the electronic device has cost us our ver…

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…

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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 …