Why didn’t GOP formulate a health care replacement?This in response to a letter I received from Rep. Chris Collins. I felt compelled to contact him to let him know my feelings on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Fix it, tweak it, make it better, but why start all over by repealing it? This seems an unnecessary waste of time and taxpayer money. His letter stated why the…

Left simply ignores laws it doesn’t likeIn 1948, Supreme Court Justice and former FDR Attorney General Robert Jackson, writing for the majority, ruled that foreign policy is “Wholly confided to the political departments of the government ... The Judiciary has neither aptitude, facilities or responsibility.” In 1952, Congress passed Section 1182(f) of immigration law,…

Something must be done about long wait for trainsEvery Saturday morning I go to the BJ’s at Milestrip and McKinley, where my truck is filled with donations for our food pantry.Because my truck is heavily laden with food, I prefer to drive slowly. Therefore, instead of going down Route 179 to Route 5, I go down McKinley to Lake to Route 5. Hopefully this way I will avoid …

Clean Energy Standard is investment in futureIf anti-nuclear groups that are against the Clean Energy Standard (CES) were truly for a greener economy, then they would recognize the important role upstate nuclear plants play in our clean energy future (“Plan to bail out nuclear power plants will cost cities millions,” Feb. 12 News). New York’s nuclear plants provide o…

Find the courage to do what’s rightRegarding repeal of the Affordable Care Act, building the wall, the travel ban, deportation, cessation of immigration from chosen countries and the reinstatement of torture: The courageous among us challenge the powerful – those who have taken it all for themselves. The cowards among us hunt down, for spectacle, the powerless – thos…

We should support police, not those who break lawsThe reports of shootings and deaths in Buffalo and Erie County are alarming. Law enforcement officers are under attack by the media and well-meaning but misguided religious and civic leaders. Where is the compassion for law enforcement officers? Whenever there is a confrontation between police and felons, the actions of pol…

Collins should be helping people trying to ‘get a life’The “get a life” phrase, casually dismissing the law with regard to Kellyanne Conway’s “clothing buy” remarks, further reflects Rep. Chris Collins’ apparent mindset that people who make a lot of money should somehow be exempt from any scrutiny – tax returns, stock purchases, etc.Instead of reading abo…

Founding Fathers had great wisdomThe more experienced I become, the more I appreciate the genius of our Founding Fathers in creating our Constitution. They sought to protect smaller states’ rights from the “tyranny of the majority” by giving them disproportionately larger representation in the Electoral College than their populations warrant. They also ensured checks…

Cultural tourists want authentic experiencesBuffalo’s African-American Heritage Corridor deserves to have its remarkable history told authentically, where visitors can reflectively and imaginatively engage in the exceptional stories represented on the 2.4-mile passage. An archway, life-size cutouts and other clutter assault the senses, leaving the stories to be told comp…

We need to take care of our own people firstWhile I am as concerned as most kindly disposed people are over the plight of the refugees seeking to find a home in the Buffalo Niagara region, I am even more concerned about the situation of the thousands of homeless single women in our own backyard.I have recently had a relative become homeless. She is 50 years old and unable …

We must revise plans for Route 198 projectRegarding the debate over Route 198, initially, I thought another footbridge, guardrails where needed and more trees along the road would suffice. But I now understand how crosswalks at signal lights, guardrails, two attractive roundabouts and more trees and gardens will make the two sides of the park feel more joined together, sti…

Trump has no intention of draining the swampBoo-hoo! President Trump’s wealthy cronies can’t borrow money, so he is determined to dismantle Dodd-Frank consumer protection regulations put in place after the 2008 crash.Though his “drain the swamp” rhetoric helped put him in office, now we see the opposite meaning that those words truly convey. His intent is to break …

Governor’s plan to fund nuclear plants is mistakeAnother case of choosing corporate interests over the people. Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to bail out nuclear power plants at the expense of New York residents. While jeopardizing taxpayers and environmental safety, he continues to insist nuclear power is the technology of the future.Cuomo plans to fund aging nuclear power pla…

Collins makes it clear ethics mean nothingRep. Chris Collins has stated Kellyanne Conway’s admitted violation of ethics standards and regulations should be responded to with “get a life.”I am offended by such a denigrating, morally dismissive response – a wink and a nod to business as usual from an administration promising change. It brings to mind Jim Fisk’s res…

America should deport those who enter illegallyDefinition of illegal: not according to or authorized by law; unlawful, illicit. The Democrats and the liberal media modify this definition to say: “reuniting separated families” or “deporting people who have lived here for 30 years” or “sending people back to certain death in their native country.” The reality: …