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Editor’s note: This is the second of two Another Voice articles on the proposed expansion of casino gambling in New York State. By Colleen DiPirroOver the last 20 years, Buffalo has lost thousands of jobs and seen industry depart as our manufacturing base has continued to erode and we continue to feel the brunt of the Great Recession. The unemployment rate in the Buffalo N…

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Is this what the tea party is all about? Not so much sprawling government programs, although that is a part of it, and not even so much the spending that supports them, though that, too, is part of it. But perhaps the larger issue, as playing out in Colorado, is at once more ephemeral and more fundamental: a feeling that life, as tea partyers know it, is slipping away.In W…

Weinstein has ignored constituents’ concernsI am disappointed that The News endorsed Barry Weinstein for Amherst supervisor. I hope voters consider the alternative candidate, Mark Manna. Why should I vote for a person who is not interested in my concerns as a homeowner? For a year and a half, Weinstein did nothing to address residents’ concerns over a six-story Hyatt Hotel…

Mychajliw’s attack ads are a turnoff to votersFrom virtually beginning to end, Stefan Mychajliw’s county comptroller campaign has been one sour note: Kevin Gaughan’s personal life: bad; Mychajliw’s self-promotion: good. And now Mychajliw’s re-election appeal culminates in one of the nastiest negative attack ads that has ever appeared on my living room television. By the ti…

State’s casino proposal won’t help local residentsOn Tuesday, New York residents will vote on an amendment to the state constitution to allow up to seven new casinos in the state. It is Proposition 1 – authorization to establish casinos. New York already has five Indian-run casinos and electronic gambling at nine racetracks. Pro-casino forces spent $1 million in May and Ju…

Opening more casinos will destroy more livesAccording to The News, our governor seems to think that the answer to New York’s relentless spending is to build more and more casinos throughout the state and use the profits (money countless people lose gambling) to help balance the budget.Now consider the ramifications of this in a more personal way. Who really feels good abou…

“Y’all” is perhaps the quintessential linguistic identifier of the American South. It is every bit as iconic Southern as biscuits and gravy or fried chicken.It is a musical, phonic relief from the much harsher Northern linguistic analogs of my youthful environs such as “youse” and its plural “youse guys.” And then there is, of course, the dreaded collective plural of those…

Too late for Weinstein to change his tune nowThere is something especially irritating about politicians who routinely and abruptly abandon their previously stated positions near re-election time. A stark case in point is Barry Weinstein’s newly found opposition to the mindless spread of commercial development in Amherst. His moment of enlightenment took place when a sizabl…

Gaughan’s excuses just don’t hold waterWhat kind of person doesn’t pay his taxes, then blames his defenseless and deceased parent for his delinquency? Kevin Gaughan’s excuses for not paying his taxes do not add up. If his income diminished, then his tax bill would have gone down as well. There are now two reasons why I cannot vote for Gaughan: he was not honest about his l…

Editor’s note: This is the first of two Another Voice articles on the proposed expansion of casino gambling in New York State. The second piece will appear on Saturday.By Sam MagavernIn deciding how to vote on Proposition 1, voters should ask a simple question: Will expanded casino gambling create more costs or benefits? The answer, according to decades of research, is tha…

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sounded contrite as she apologized profusely for the administration’s abysmal failure in the rollout of the website for the president’s health care law. Apology accepted. Now, produce results.Sebelius, testifying under oath on Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, shouldered much of the blame, but, w…

The Food and Drug Administration has finally acknowledged what many have been saying for decades, that tighter controls are needed on some commonly used narcotic painkillers.The FDA is recommending steps that would make it harder to get prescriptions for widely abused drugs containing the narcotic hydrocodone. Those products will finally get the same treatment as more powe…

One of my best friends has a sweatshirt that says, “Hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt,” which is a reminder that some things never change. This is the same friend who, back in our junior high days, used to sneak out of school with me at lunch time. Cheryl and I would hit up the mom-and-pop store down the street to buy a certain candy bar we were infatuated with.…

By William J. MellinI grew up in New York City, where my father was a police officer. When he came home each day, he’d empty his pockets and give whatever change and bills he had to my mother. She saved diligently – often for a whole year – until there was enough for our family to take a simple vacation and get out of the city for a few days.I tell this story because I kno…