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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 Canada tried the same scheme several years ago with long guns and so few complied it later repealed the law.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’…

Watson was correct; enough with the BillsI never thought I would be in agreement with Rod Watson, however, his column on the ridiculous actions of Bills fans was on point. He was quite brave, because his employer has played a major role in this craziness. The Jan. 5 paper should have been called The Buffalo Bills News. An entire section of the paper was wasted on old Bills…

Is Trump working for us or for Russia?I’ve been a registered Republican for over 50 years. Never in that period have I seen a more unstable person in the United States presidency than Donald J. Trump. At present he is attempting to goad Kim Jong Un into taking rash action, in reaction to his insulting tweets.Personally, I believe Trump should be removed from office under t…

President seems unable to simply tell the truthOur president, Donald Trump, has made many unbelievable and inaccurate statements recently, and has been for a while. Let me state some of what has emitted from his mouth.He said that Russia is laughing at the Russian probe, and that the probe is the biggest witch hunt in history. He does not give any reasons or proof for thes…

Until victims went public, sexual assaults were ignoredThe recent letter excoriating witnesses for moral culpability and objecting to the revelation of sexual abuse of women under the power of men who may be innocent or may have atoned may be addressed by what happened with the revelation of sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church. Until victims went public, the as…

Foes of Trump are blind to his accomplishmentsMedia reports, political commentators and some citizens in general have a common bond: hatred of President Trump. Hatred of our president has blinded opponents of his accomplishments.Trump was elected against all odds, yet his detractors find fault with everything he does. The media, his fellow Republicans and hate-filled loser…

Americans must stop fighting, start rooting for one anotherDid you ever play on a team, bottom of the ninth, two outs, men on second and third, you were losing 4-3 and your ninth-place hitter was coming up to bat? Did you find yourself rooting for him?Late fourth quarter, your team was losing by two points, with seconds left and your center was throwing up a 30-footer? Did…

Visit to Buffalo enhanced by area’s friendly residentsMy wife and I recently returned from our awesome vacation in Buffalo during the recent World Junior Hockey Tournament. We spent 12 amazing days in the Queen City and were super impressed.The people were friendly and helpful, including our Airbnb owner, the taxi and Uber drivers, the staff at KeyBank Center (especially t…

Many people depend on weather forecastsAnother letter of complaint regarding the number of weather reports recently appeared in this column. Allow me to explain why my family watches the reports so we are prepared for any adverse weather.A son-in-law, a nurse practitioner, will need more time to plow his driveway so he can get to his office. He knows there will be cancella…

The knock on the 43North business competition has been that winning companies often spent the required one year in Buffalo and then promptly left when their time was up. The problem is, the main purpose of the competition, funded by the state’s “Buffalo Billion,” is to keep those companies in Western New York. Without that, its value is diminished. So organizers swit…

While new Amherst Town Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa’s recent announcement that he plans to share an employee with the Village of Williamsville is encouraging, it does not negate his troubling decision to hire his campaign manager as an $81,800 chief of staff. Both are new positions. One makes practical sense. The other political sense. The political optics should have m…