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Trump conned voters en route to oligarchyDonald Trump ran for president criticizing the corruption in Washington and touted how he was going to “drain the swamp.” He held rallies stating that he was going to bring control back to the people. The corruption Trump ran against, of course, is due to money and its influence with politicians. Congress’ attempt to alleviate…

Planned Parenthood provides essential careI, like 20 percent of American women, have used Planned Parenthood. In 2008, I graduated college at age 22 and lost my health insurance. The fast-food restaurant where I worked did not offer affordable insurance, so I went without. When I needed my annual well-woman visit, I knew I could go to Planned Parenthood.Through federal fam…

Trump’s budget plan will hurt AmericansWe now have President Trump’s death budget. Money will not be spent on protecting our environment – more cancer. Money will be spent on weapons – more death. Money will not be spent for outreach and help to struggling governments – more enemies for the American people.How much will Trump spend on medical research? No real an…

Pharmaceuticals’ greed seems to be never-endingLet me see if I have this right. Pharmaceutical companies convince doctors that their highly addictive opioid painkillers are safe. Relying on these representations, doctors prescribe these drugs to their patients. Many patients become addicted and the opioid epidemic ensues. Families are destroyed, thousands of lives are lo…

Reckless drivers endanger everybody else on the roadI have come to the conclusion that most drivers have lost their mind. Driving a car was once enjoyable. Now it has become taking your life in your hands. I have been driving for 58 years. I have a new Corvette that can do 200 mph, but I seldom speed. I can’t go anywhere and do the speed limit without some knucklehead ta…

County authority delivers safe, high-quality tap waterI’m writing in response to the letter, “We all should be in favor of protecting water, air.” The writer’s devotion to the environment is admirable, but I would urge a similar devotion to facts.The Erie County Water Authority has a team of highly skilled laboratory analysts, a nationally recognized Water Quality …

Greater creative vision is needed for East SideAs I remember, approximately 60 years ago, downtown Main Street, the Fillmore-Broadway area to include the Broadway Market and Central Terminal, known as the East Side, was the hubbub of Buffalo.Significant investment has been made in the Metro Rail system, downtown Main Street, the University at Buffalo’s South Campus and C…

Climate change exists, so let’s find solutions“The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action.” This opening statement on ExxonMobil’s climate webpage summarizes the consensus reached not just by scientists around the world, but by large companies, as well. Debate no longer focuses on the existence of climate change, but has moved on to negotiatin…

President has shown he cannot be trustedIf President Trump lies, tweets or makes false statements about issues that can clearly be fact checked, how can the American public, Congress, U.S. military and foreign leaders believe him on classified information that involves a national security crisis? Trump has an inflated self-image, is impulsive and relies on alt-right “alt…

Bedbug holiday may come back to bite the taxpayersTo say that having bedbugs in the workplace is beyond the dignity of those exposed to them does have merit. However, it raises the question of how did they get there? I don’t think they came from the street or climbed the stairs themselves. They likely came from supplies from vendors or they hitched a ride on someone’s …

Literacy test was flawed, drove good teachers awayThe News editorial, “Restore the literacy test,” misses the point of why the New York State Board of Regents voted to eliminate the Academic Literary Skills Test (ALST).We applaud and support the Regents for making this decision, an educated, well-reasoned move that took into account almost three years of complaints abo…

Health care is a commodity, it’s not a constitutional rightA recent letter writer declared that health care was a “needed service” and therefore “ought to be a constitutional right.” This is in keeping with the position of Sen. Bernie Sanders and others on the left that it is a constitutional, even a basic human right.To believe so ignores the hard reality of the…

Collins’ greed, cowardice don’t help his constituentsBecause of gerrymandering, I got stuck with Chris Collins as my congressional representative. He no more represents me than does the narcissistic sociopath who was somehow elected president.If you look into Collins’ public sector and political background, you will find he has done nothing but use his past positions…

Trump must abandon discriminatory ordersExecutive Order on Immigration 2.0 – small tweaks – same train wreck of inimical motivations and unintended consequences. The first order banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and blocked all refugees for 120 days. After a federal court in Seattle blocked it, the administration tried again, only to be promptly blocke…

Crews need to begin fixing potholes nowTo all the city, state, county and town Highway Departments, please order your cold patch now. The pothole season is upon us. Patrol your roads, please, and patch these trout ponds. It may save the taxpayers some money from the claims motorist will put in for damages from these seasonal nightmares.Mike DuganBuffalo