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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…

The rich will continue to avoid paying taxesWe now know the rich are hiding their incomes in tax havens around the globe. Sure, these hundred-thousand or so households will spend some income in the U.S. on private planes, yachts and other signifiers of wealth. But this will hardly keep the United States economy humming. So can we let go of the trickle-down myth now?These …

Letter on monuments omits historical factsThe recent letter stating that the Confederate monuments remain based on history did not discuss the cause of the war, who started the war, the election of Benjamin Harrison, the end of Reconstruction and the advent of Jim Crow and the proliferation of pro-Confederate monuments after 1890 coupled with enforced segregation laws in t…

Political mudslinging still sticks post-electionPrior to the election, I was bombarded with slick mailers from the Erie County Republican Party, and all warned about impending doom if the Democrats win the major elections. They claimed that Buffalo would become a sanctuary city, respect for law and order would decline and there would even be more folks “taking a knee” …

Kulpa’s election offers promising Amherst futureThere are two kinds of elections. Time for a change or more of the same. It’s the choice between business as usual or a vote for new leadership and direction. The selection of Supervisor-elect Brian Kulpa in Amherst is a clear vote for change. The issues facing Amherst are not new. They have just not been addressed, sat…

People shouldn’t disparage fellow human beingsIn response to the Nov. 7 letter writer’s assessment of Harry Bliss’s offensive cartoon regarding disabled seniors, I could not agree more with him.Mr. Bliss, your life can change in an instant. If you really think you are not vulnerable to becoming disabled you are so wrong. My very healthy 61-year-old husband suffered a…

Real basket of ‘deplorables’ turns out to be politiciansHaving endured another election cycle, coupled with observing the state of government throughout the country, has caused me to wonder who is actually in Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables?”I submit that it is not any voter, regardless of which candidate(s) they support, but rather the politicians thems…

Those who don’t vote, don’t get to complainAfter reading in The News the day after the election this year I find it ridiculous that people in this country still don’t vote. But I’m sure they are the first ones to complain about this country. It’s a privilege that some countries don’t have. So keep your opinions and your mouth shut if you can’t find the time t…

Brazile unable to recognize irony and hypocrisyLike virtually every other high-profile Democrat, former Interim Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile has a few ideas about what went wrong for the party in November 2016.It’s hard to avoid her self-promotion as you channel surf these days. She is out peddling her new book, posing as an astute polit…

Photos featuring smiling children lighten the heartI am enjoying my retirement years and am settled into my daily routine of morning coffee and morning paper, and occasionally mourning modern society.Often global, national and domestic events can cloud my day as I read and witness the changes that are rippling through our world. Political and economic uncertainty, the gene…

Kristallnacht reminds us of how humanity can be lostThis letter is in response to The News article, “Holocaust survivors remembered on ‘Night of Broken Glass’ ” commemorating Kristallnacht.Since few of us can identify with either the victims (Jews in Germany) or the perpetrators (Nazis) of these atrocities, I encourage your readers to consider the role played by …

Tax reform plan is helping only wealthy donors Did you hear the one about the man who bumped into his congressman on the street? The congressman, with a big smile on his face, boasted that he was giving the man a huge tax break.The man said he heard the country would need to borrow trillions of dollars to fund the tax break. The congressman said, “You don’t have to wor…

The U.S. has breached Guantanamo agreementThe United States leased Guantanamo from Cuba after helping Cuba become independent from Spain. The 1903 lease for Guantanamo restated the understanding, first made in Article VII of the Platt Amendment, that, for its own defense, the government of Cuba will sell or lease to the United States lands necessary for coaling or naval st…

Conducting winter checks prevents costly mistakesThe recent change in fall and spring from daylight savings time to standard time and back again serves as a reminder to change batteries in smoke detectors.One might want to add to the reminder list making sure the main shutoff valve to the water service also is in working condition. Cranking the valve closed and opening it …

Downtown mall will return with only a bit more effortI’ve been wondering for years why the Main Place Mall hasn’t been involved in the recent and successful revival of downtown Buffalo. Is the rent too high or is it that businesses are afraid to take a chance of failing?This once thriving mall is down to only a few stores, and I believe all it would take is a couple of…