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GOP leaders need to stop burying their heads in sandI have a theory about why Republicans are burying their heads in the sand over President Trump: They want Democrats to do the dirty work.Follow my logic: Democrats win back the House and Senate this November and impeachment proceedings begin. It’s a quick, no-nonsense process, even in the Senate, because future Sen. Mitt …

When will Democrats start working to cut state taxes?Well, I see our well-heeled state Democrats are at it again in their attempt to undermine President Trump. Now they’re attacking his historic tax overhaul. Friday’s front-page story talking about creating state-run charities to do an end run around the SALT limits in the new tax code is like the kettle calling the pot bl…

Raise speed limit to 40 mph on Scajaquada ExpresswayI applaud Rod Watson’s recent comments about the Scajaquada Expressway. Route 198 is part of a regional transportation system. It is a state road, not a Buffalo road, not a Parkside community road. New York State built Route 198 to connect Route 33 and Interstate 190. Where Delaware Park was compromised to build Route 198…

Odd placement of quote near story about OprahBarely a day after Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, where she’d hoped little girls listening would never have to have a “me too” moment, I found it curious that, within an inch of the article referencing said speech, The News chose to feature a quote by burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee who claimed, “Men aren’t attracted to m…

State must act now to safeguard powerDeepening snow, bitter winds and biting cold remind us that winter can be harsh. Thankfully, what makes it bearable in New York is the heat and electricity provided by the nuclear power and natural gas that comprise nearly 75 percent of our state’s energy generation.The impending loss of Indian Point in 2021 makes it all the more import…

President lets world know America will not be bulliedIf you have a neighbor who threatens your life and kids and you say nothing, guess what, your family will live in fear! You speak up and he will think twice before he continues.That’s why I agree with President Trump. Our country is not trying to provoke any wars, but we want those who are, such as “rocket man,” to know …

Problems need to be solved so women truly have choiceI am writing in response to the Jan. 10 letter from a registered nurse in West Seneca titled, “It’s high time we stop sugar-coating abortion.” As a Catholic, I agree with some of what she said. As a woman, I particularly agree with the following statements: “We are not an enlightened society. … Being pro-life does not me…

Trump’s tough stance is a welcome changeIs it just me or are there many others who are totally fed up with the various TV, internet or print organizations? It’s become a war of words between political parties with little or no thought to what really matters. President Trump has ignited a major problem for all the pundits who think their ideas and commentary are taken serio…

Woman criticizing Nichols also shoulders some blameElizabeth Russ Mohr admits that from the beginning she knew what she was doing was wrong, and calls it her “shameful behavior.” But then she does an about-turn and proceeds to blame others, saying that she wants to protect her children. Couldn’t parents better protect and educate their children by discussing the ways in wh…

It’s disheartening to see GOP attacking MedicaidOnce again, the Republicans are attacking Medicaid. One has to wonder why they’re so focused on making life more difficult for the poorest and most helpless. Guidance just issued to the states would permit compelling work for eligibility for Medicaid, but the great majority of Medicaid recipients are either children, seniors …

Quitting smoking brings a host of other benefitsWhat is your New Year’s resolution? Many people make resolutions to be more active, lose weight, eat better or just to take better care of themselves overall. Of these people, some are smokers, and of these smokers many want to quit.Quitting smoking makes many resolutions easier. Lungs begin to function better, blood flows ea…

Banning smoking in cars with children is wise ideaI applaud the recent bill that would penalize parents for smoking when children are in the car. With all the deaths and health issues attributed to secondhand smoke, I’m surprised this law wasn’t passed years ago. Any measure that would improve health and save lives is a positive step, and hopefully this is only the first s…

Citizens never had a say on passage of SAFE ActThe only thing that the SAFE Act does is make law-abiding citizens jump through more legal hoops to own a gun. It has nothing to do with gun safety or gun violence. Illinois has gun laws just as strict as ours and look at the number of gun deaths in the City of Chicago.It was mentioned that New Yorkers voted for strong gun law…

Mandate to recertify is unfair to legal gun ownersFrom watching the news, and the deadline of Jan. 31, it appears the majority of pistol holders in New York are not complying with recertification. Canada tried the same scheme several years ago with long guns and so few complied it later repealed the law. In my opinion, this is a bad law, pushed through under the cover of d…

Making wild card game brought fans some joyDear Mr. Watson: In response to your column, I am so sorry the Bills are irritating you. I certainly am aware there are important issues in the country and in the world, but the fact of the matter is, that is exactly why we all need a reason to escape with the Bills.While it may seem to you that we’re ignoring everything else, we’…