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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…

By Ronald Fraser For the first time since 1972 the number of people behind bars in American prisons and jails in 2015 declined slightly, to 2.2 million from 2.4 million in 2010. That’s the good news. Fordham Law School professor John F. Pfaff, however, warns in his new book, “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform,” that…

Editorials

Buffalo is being presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve two of its signature parks. For it to happen, though, the park’s overseers need to sign on, but for reasons as yet unexplained, they are resisting. It’s time for the community to let the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy know that foot-dragging isn’t an acceptable response. The conservancy…

By Bob O’Connor My wife and I became LOAFIs a few years ago: living on a fixed income. As a retiree, I must admit the complete lack of responsibility is enjoyable, and I want to thank all those who continue to work and support me. However, I am getting a little tired of the question, “Do you miss the job?” Really? To me it is like asking a mother if she miss…

By Eva M. Doyle The controversial stand of Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem and the decisions of black football players to take a knee in protest of police brutality and racial injustice has caused a major debate across the country. It is clear from these discussions on this topic that most Americans really do not know the history of the United Stat…

Editorials

Residents of the Lake Ontario shoreline got some welcome news this week, as the Trump administration approved a disaster declaration for an area that was torn up by spring floods. It was the right thing to do. Historic levels of rainfall this year caused terrible destruction along the lake’s south shore. It’s well accepted that it is Washington’s job to help when …

By Casimiro D. Rodriguez Sr. Once again, the City of Good Neighbors lived up to that name with the recent outpouring of care for those living in Puerto Rico. Western New Yorkers from every corner of the region answered the call to donate what they could, sending in high-needs personal care and nutritional items, as well as contributing monetarily. The overwhelming co…

By Paul Steffan Sometime in the summer of 1976 our family TV experience changed forever. International Cable was finally available on our street and we eagerly signed up, hungry for ESPN and Buffalo Sabres games. I’ll never forget the “semi” remote controller, a white box about the size of an iPad Mini that had about 20 feet of cord that connected to the box at th…