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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 …

Streaker does not deserve celebration or supportIt is truly a sad state of affairs in a nation where a man who runs naked in front of minors and children is celebrated and supported by so many.Yes, there were children and minors viewing the creep at the stadium. Maybe he will get his own game show; he surely got more than one sentence of newsprint.America is truly spiralin…

Trump’s words belied by his damaging actionsThe only thing I can say about the Trump presidency is that it keeps me vigilant in paying attention to his contradictory behaviors and messages.I know I shouldn’t be surprised that at least 35 percent of the population stands firmly behind President Trump, finding his mean and hateful actions rewarding and just what they wan…

West Seneca’s big increase in taxes has a bad smellRegarding the hideous 8.6 percent tax raise in West Seneca, it is incomprehensible to think that the raise is justified in any way. Hamburg is a larger town, with fewer employees, and the tax rate there was raised only a little over 2 percent. Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan has said that she pays taxes in West Seneca, too…

Lawmakers should explain where the economy standsI realize a tax cut may stimulate the economy and possibly result in more revenue for the Treasury. The key word in my last sentence was “may;” I did not use “will.”Arthur Laffer, the noted supply-side economist, theorized that there was a curve with a point where the tax rate and the amount of taxes collected would …

Focus on Gosy seems unfair against the sheriffI just finished reading the Nov. 9 News article on Dr. Eugene J. Gosy and I find it quite astounding that this doctor, who has treated hundreds of patients for pain, my wife included, could be prosecuted and possibly be sentenced to life in prison for the sad deaths of six of his patients.While Sheriff Tim Howard, who at this p…

Senate is trying to get two-for-one with tax billThe Senate is again in the process of trying to claim victory by gutting the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by attaching it to the tax overhaul bill.I guess it would give great satisfaction to the Trump/conservative base and claim a major victory before the 2018 midterm election. It is hard for me to understand what kind of…

Trump showed lackluster leadership on Asia visitThe president’s recent trip to Asia certainly brought out his true colors.He projects his image as a strong leader in his own bombastic manner, but he never stood up to the leaders of China, Russia and the Philippines. He failed to challenge China and Russia regarding their stance on North Korea. He neglected to take the le…

Trump’s dysfunction hurts our worldwide reputationOur dysfunctional president has created a leadership vacuum.Internationally, China and Russia are racing to fill the void. Domestically it falls on Congress to step up and fill the gap. Current polls show only 13 to 19 per cent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing.Trump’s doctrine of “Obama created it, I …

Collins showed some nerve in his essay on tax reformI got a kick out of Chris Collins’ schoolboy attempt to sell us on Trump’s budget plan (“This is real tax reform,” Nov. 11, Buffalo News). He and his acknowledged wealthy donors already get millions in the pass-through advantages of their S corporations. These companies now will go from a real 15 percent tax rate …

Collins’ fuzzy tax math adds up for the wealthyChris Collins’ opinion in the Nov. 11 News, “It’s real tax relief,” regarding the lying, hypocritical Republicans’ ham-fisted efforts to enact tax reform/relief “for the American people” is simply another “false and misleading” statement foisted upon his constituents in the 27th district.It is a slap in the…

Gun ownership should not supersede protecting livesIt’s now official: protecting gun ownership is more important than protecting the lives of children.I am so tired of hearing the usual excuses. My favorite: criminals will not follow the laws. Think about this. How many people ignore traffic laws? Most drivers have exceeded the speed limit, gone through stop signs or red…