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Politicians should save taxes by consolidatingIt’s great that our governor and senior United States senator are fighting the proposed federal tax provisions as they discriminate against high-tax states, like New York.How about they concurrently work as hard to get us out of the high-tax club? Maybe the lower-taxed states object to subsidizing us? At the local level, we c…

Driving is more important than texting family, friendsAs a 20-year-old driver, I may not be the most experienced motorist, but I’ve seen both experienced and inexperienced drivers make the wrong decisions on the road. I have experienced close calls, just as I am sure you all have.After class one afternoon, I was almost hit by a man pulling into traffic while checking bot…

BMHA situation grows more difficult each dayIn response to former Commissioner Joseph Mascia’s call to replace Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority leaders, as a BMHA tenant I would like to add a few observations.Two initiatives, a no-smoking policy and trash recycling, have recently been deployed. Tenants were given advance notice by mail, in English and Spanish, citing …

Gunfire should not ring in the holiest of housesRegardless of your religion, any place of worship is God’s house and there should be no weapons. But if everyone is entitled to carry a gun for self-protection, some people have no problem using God’s house as a shooting gallery.Everyone should be able to go into God’s house and not have to worry about being attacked.Pa…

Collins is not representing his middle-class taxpayersChris Collins, representative of my district in Congress, was good enough to publish his justification of the new tax bill. He is, as always, rough-hewn in presenting his case. That being said, the Republican agenda does not favor the middle class or poor.It is good that he presents numbers, which we can verify over tim…

Citizens must make plans to guard against dangerThere is nothing that you or the government can do to prevent a crazy person from using a truck, gun, knife, gas or a baseball bat to endanger and/or kill you and your loved ones.Question is, what do you plan to do to protect yourself and your loved ones?When I’m out with my wife, who is disabled, or by myself, I am acutely…

Local leaders should tell DOT to rethink ScajaquadaWe are at a critical juncture on the Department of Transportation’s plan for the Scajaquada Expressway.In August, the DOT dictated its view of the expressway design that ignored 15 years of community input in favor of the same 1950s transportation model that favored the automobile over communities and our park system. No…

Kneeling in the name of democracy has meaningTo carry on the fight against tyranny is duty. To use the tools that best get your point across in a peaceful, respectful manner is admirable. When the knights were “knighted” they “took a knee.” It is a sign of respect. When a man kneels to propose matrimony, does a woman complain that he disrespected her?Today’s “p…

Call Collins, other officials to stop this tax disasterI listened to a local tax expert on the radio last Saturday afternoon, and she was most informed about the major changes that will affect many of us next year if the new tax bill is passed.The following deductions will no longer be taken for tax writeoffs: office space within our homes, computer purchases, union dues a…

Tax plan hurts students already burdened with debtThe two tax bills winding their way through the Republican-controlled Congress both have provisions to hurt college students.One provision would not allow a deduction for student loans; the other would count a tuition waiver for graduate students as taxable income. Both provisions make the financial burden of a college educ…

Collins voiced his loyalty to his moneyed constituentsChris Collins, my representative in Congress, has actually said, out loud, that if he doesn’t support the new proposed federal tax law, his contributors have threatened to withdraw their support.Can he hear himself? To whom is he answerable? To Big Money or to the voters of his district? The lie that the middle class …

Take time to engage people with opposite viewpointsElection season makes me argumentative, and I tend to butt heads with people close to me. My grandmother, the late Thelma Jenkins, was a frequent submitter of letters to the editor. At age 93, she was sharp and fiercely opinionated. Thelma wrote to the editor about her distrust of Hillary Clinton, her doubts about Presiden…

City Hall should not allow developers to go uncheckedBuffalo has had a rich and generous endowment of architecture and institutions bequeathed to it from its founding fathers. This spirit of generosity and richness of lifestyle they left in place for its inhabitants have all too often been underappreciated, as is evident in the many demolitions of the 1970s. One of these e…

Trump shows hypocrisy on topic of foreign workersIt was announced that Trump got the OK to hire 70 foreign workers for his Mar-a-Lago Club. It appears that they can’t find American workers due to the strong labor market. I bet if the wages were higher there would not be a need to hire foreign workers. Making America first apparently doesn’t apply to Trump if it would c…

Reed-supported tax bill will cost New YorkersThe House tax bill that Rep. Tom Reed supports raises taxes on New Yorkers while giving a $1.5 trillion tax cut to corporations. That is the bottom line.Inexplicably, the bill continues to allow corporations to deduct state and local taxes from federal income calculations, but caps or eliminates individual New Yorkers’ ability…