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It is time to bring back low-tech voting machinesI appreciate The News’ Nov. 7 election day article on the low-tech, reliable, trustworthy, fraud-proof Automatic Voting Machine (AVM) lever voting machines. Oh, how I miss them.I despise the “photocopier” voting system the federal government forced on us under what I call the “Keep America from Voting Act.”There’…

GOP tax reform plan pleases those most loyal to the partyThe Republicans’ “tax plan” is just as nonsensical as the Democrats’ “Obamacare” was. They boast about a $12,000 increase in the standard exemption while at the same time taking away our $4,150 personal exemptions. And Chris Collins couldn’t be happier. Isn’t that wonderful?Mike BarsottelliElma

We shouldn’t underestimate the impact, power of wordsAs I begin each morning, two important things are in my hands, my coffee and The Buffalo News. I flip through to the most inspiring sections first, My View, then onto the various word challenges. I leave the comics for last because of the healing power of laughter. Who among us doesn’t need that after reading the eve…

Black Friday shoppers tend to forget mannersDo shoppers just throw their manners out of the car window on the way to Black Friday shopping?It seems like every year I go shopping, people become more crazed. I understand that Black Friday is a busier time than usual. I’m all for sitting outside of stores hours before they open, and running to a certain store to get my shop…

Sexual assault victims should feel empoweredI applaud women for speaking up on sexual assault and harassment by powerful men. This has been a long time coming. Now what about those family members and friends of family members who do the same thing? They threaten their victims with harm or worse to keep them silent. Or they give no warning knowing they’ve instilled a form…

CNN showed little respect for those who have servedWhile tuning in to watch the Veterans Day ceremony in Arlington Cemetery at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, I was shocked while switching between CNN News and Fox News. Fox had full live coverage from beginning to end honoring the Unknown Soldier as well as all the men and women who have served our great country. Vice Pr…

The past decade or so has been a challenging time in car manufacturing. It is a source of pride that this area can boast a productive General Motors plant in the Town of Tonawanda, where union and management have made it work. Key to that success has been Steve Finch, who for the past 11 years has navigated the plant over some rough roads. Finch has been a stellar leade…

Sometimes, a community’s growing pains fall into the category of “good problems to have.” It doesn’t fit in Allentown, at least not in regard to the explosive growth of bars. Residents of one of Buffalo’s most charming neighborhoods are sensibly concerned about the number of bars that are springing up. That might not be unusual in any circumstances, but given …

By Michael Silverman Here are some observations after returning from my third trip to Western Europe in the past five years. Things you will see in Europe include really old buildings, cathedrals, palaces, walled cities and other architectural wonders. It’s amazing how so many enormous structures were built without modern technology. You also will see lots of bi…

By John Calleri and Stan Radwan Some days ago, the citizens of Evans beat back the power of money and inside politicians. They voted to keep our Town Board at three despite the frantic and well-financed campaign of the town’s Democratic and Republican parties to upsize to five. The parties mailed fliers to all Evans voters and placed half-page ads in the PennySave…

Why do corporations get to keep their deductions?Why is it that corporations are getting to keep all their deductions even though the average Fortune 500 company pays around 19 percent in taxes after deductions, which means they will be paying about 9 percent with the new tax bill?On the flip side, the middle-class tax cut is temporary while the loss of deductions is perma…

Holiday store closing hours should consider employeesI recently read some national retailers where considering if they should stay open all night on Thanksgiving for shoppers. Do they really think this will contribute to a total increase in sales over the entire holiday season? I doubt it. My experience in 31 years of banking proves different.Banks opened at 9 a.m. and clo…

Black Friday has become the most American holidayBlack Friday is the most American holiday we celebrate. It’s a celebration of pointless consumerism, and why not? The hype built up to certain products and great sales builds tension like a big football game. This nationwide shopping mall sporting event boosts the economy, all while giving the people what they want: more p…

We should all be civil to everyone we encounter While I agree completely with the Nov. 10 letter writer on the need to respect all postal workers, I believe we should take it to the next step and be civil and respectful to everyone we deal with or come in contact with.Say hello to a stranger, offer help if it appears to be required and, as Joe said, try smiling and say som…