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City Hall should not allow developers to go uncheckedBuffalo has had a rich and generous endowment of architecture and institutions bequeathed to it from its founding fathers. This spirit of generosity and richness of lifestyle they left in place for its inhabitants have all too often been underappreciated, as is evident in the many demolitions of the 1970s. One of these e…

Trump shows hypocrisy on topic of foreign workersIt was announced that Trump got the OK to hire 70 foreign workers for his Mar-a-Lago Club. It appears that they can’t find American workers due to the strong labor market. I bet if the wages were higher there would not be a need to hire foreign workers. Making America first apparently doesn’t apply to Trump if it would c…

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…

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Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed are about to sell New Yorkers down the river. They have time to change their minds and join the rest of the state’s delegation – Republican and Democratic – in opposing the clattering Rube Goldberg contraption they call tax reform. State taxpayers can only hope they will. Real tax reform – fair, well considered, affordable – re…

By Burt Siemens Way long ago, we neighborhood kids argued over whether we had to stand if we hear “The Star Spangled Banner” on the radio, even when alone in our room. I think we resolved the issue with what teachers in those days called fisticuffs. Time and again it seems we must re-examine the protocols for respecting our symbols of patriotism. We must decide a…

By Philip Wilcox In New York State there has been a dramatic shift in where carbon emissions come from. Power generation emissions historically towered over the next closest source – transportation. However, in 2016 20 percent of New York’s carbon emissions came from power generation, while a whopping 34 percent comes from transportation For the climate change de…

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…

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Yes. Please, just say yes. Students in Niagara Falls are clamoring for more and better sex education and, given the alarming rates of teenage pregnancy there, school leaders should be rushing to comply. Abstinence-only education does not do the job. Nearly 10 percent of girls ages 15 to 19 in the western half of Niagara Falls were pregnant in 2014, according to the stat…