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Some notes, news and observations on politics around here: • Polling numbers for Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped to their lowest point of the last year and a half, according to the latest Siena College survey. And it has everything to do with late subways and deteriorating commuter rail service in New York City. Siena reported that Cuomo’s favorable rating dropped fr…

It’s always upsetting when a long-familiar and broadly admired figure is suddenly forced to come face to face with his mortality, even at the age of 80. Sen. John McCain is, for a second time, in a fight for his life. This time the enemy is internal. The Arizona senator, who was hospitalized last Friday for treatment of a blood clot, was diagnosed this week with gliob…

What happened in Minneapolis is what many observers feared once police were required to wear body cameras: At a critical moment, the cameras were never turned on. An officer fatally shot a woman who had called police for help. His body camera and his partner’s, for reasons that remain unexplained, were inactive. It’s not the first time this has happened. In Chicago …

By Kenneth P. Houseknecht The Erie County Legislature recently approved an additional $1 million to battle the opioid epidemic, which is ravaging our community. New York State and the federal government are also devoting substantial resources – billions of dollars – to this crisis. Bravo! All good steps. But smoke detectors cost a lot less than waiting until you …

By Linda Militello What are the odds? What are you willing to bet for health and a longer life? From 3 months old, when Nonie and Papa brought me home from the hospital, I heard conversations about odds, predictions and chance. Like any language, first you learn the sound, then the meaning. Nonie read a tattered old paperback to find the number connected to her dr…

Rice is not distinguished enough to speak the truth Susan Rice is a liar and a professional incompetent. This is the woman who went on every Sunday news program on September 16, 2012, and lied to America. She told us:“But our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a pr…

Medicaid problem grows while no leader solves itThe number of Americans on Medicaid has increased from 29 million in 1990 to 73 million today. Yet the population only increased 30 percent in that time. Spending on Medicaid is $574 billion today compared to $209 billion in 2000.Medicaid was meant to be a safeguard for people in need, but obviously things have gone astray. I…

Democrats should rethink attack on Trump and RussiaRussia, Russia, Russia. They did this, they did that! Impeach him! He’s not fit for office! He’s this and he’s that. The left has been after him about this for how long now? OK, where’s the evidence? Oh, before I go to evidence, Clinton’s 3 million vote lead? Half of it came from New York City, at roughly 1,969,9…

Democrats should rethink attack on Trump and RussiaRussia, Russia, Russia. They did this, they did that! Impeach him! He’s not fit for office! He’s this and he’s that. The left has been after him about this for how long now? OK, where’s the evidence? Oh, before I go to evidence, Clinton’s 3 million vote lead? Half of it came from New York City, at roughly 1,969,9…

Drug court does not properly address the addiction crisisDrug court is a very well-intentioned failure. It pushes habitual users (to be distinguished from neurobiological addicts) into therapies that were designed for true addicts. There are methods to diagnose true neurobiological addicts. Referral from drug court, without a medical diagnosis whether the convict is prima…

Drug court does not properly address the addiction crisisDrug court is a very well-intentioned failure. It pushes habitual users (to be distinguished from neurobiological addicts) into therapies that were designed for true addicts. There are methods to diagnose true neurobiological addicts. Referral from drug court, without a medical diagnosis whether the convict is prima…

Trump will run the country aground like his businessesI read with interest every day the various opinion and op-ed pieces regarding Donald Trump. I won’t call him president because as a veteran I can’t bring myself to stomach the thought that our country is being run by a small-minded bigoted anti-American.As one who is proud to be an American and veteran I can’t bel…

Trump will run the country aground like his businessesI read with interest every day the various opinion and op-ed pieces regarding Donald Trump. I won’t call him president because as a veteran I can’t bring myself to stomach the thought that our country is being run by a small-minded bigoted anti-American.As one who is proud to be an American and veteran I can’t bel…