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Try to gather all the facts as tax reform plans advanceThe writer of a letter to the editor titled “Low tax states should not foot the bill for New York” asks, “Why should we expect low tax states to subsidize us” by allowing a state tax deduction. He feels that Florida or Texas (his picks, not mine) would pay more taxes with the new tax plan if New Yorkers could continue …

Recalling a time when America welcomed immigrantsThe words “Give me ... your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” on the Statue of Liberty express our nation’s ideal of welcoming immigrants of all lands and cultures.They arise from, as Lincoln called it, the “better angels of our nature.” We in Buffalo see this ideal’s practical expression in the daily work at Vive la …

West Seneca’s high taxes prompt thoughts of moving away I’ve lived in West Seneca for 32 years. Paid extremely high taxes and have never complained. Until now. Sheila Meegan has requested and received a high tax increase. I am kind of/maybe OK with some of her issues. She wants/has received a pay increase. She has proposed that we, as taxpayers, provide the money neces…

Some suggestions for restoring the real meaning of ChristmasHave you noticed the outdoor Christmas decorations this year? I have seen portly snowmen, jolly Santas, twinkling lit reindeer, and a happy Snoopy. But, I haven’t seen a single Christmas Nativity scene. I guess we don’t really keep Christ in Christmas anymore. I too am guilty. Figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesu…

Who is this politician who thinks he’ll make a good president?His most trusted lifetime aide is corrupt and under indictment. His former appointed Canalside representative is busted again and subject to a lawsuit. He mysteriously dismantled his own Moreland Commission without a proper explanation. The New York State economy is near the bottom nationally, while the tax burd…

Assessing story on investment in fracking by UB FoundationI want to commend your staff reporter Jay Tokasz on his Nov. 27 article regarding the UB Foundation investing in FRACKING!The Gov. Cuomo-led administration is opposed to fracking, to fossil fuel generated power and offers nothing to replace fossil fuel but DREAMS of green power. It doesn’t matter that coal provides …

Look to ‘Christians’ instead of cartoonists to find the answers“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler told the Washington Examiner. “There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”Perhaps we should be looking at those “Christians” who use …

Columnist missed the target on who the corrupt person really isAs soon as I saw columnist Michael Gerson’s recent “Spectacular Level of Lies” article, published Nov. 18, I knew he was referring to Hillary Clinton. As further proof, he mentioned stupidity, corruption, lies and deceit, which fit Hillary to a “T.”But wait. I suddenly noticed that President Trump was identifie…

Pitts takes wrong approach on centrist politics theoryLeonard Pitts on Oct. 18 made the case for the Democrats moving sharply left, partly because the Republican base has turned right, and secondly because “centrist politics” are gone. I couldn’t disagree more.The last time the Democrats turned sharply left was in 1972, with the candidacy of George McGovern. The country ha…

Downtown football stadium for the Bills is a bad ideaAs the Bills sit at 6-5, there are a lot of questions surrounding the team. Is Tyrod or Peterman the guy? Should we continue to make a playoff push? Should we just tank to get Darnold or Rosen?After fans parse through the on field questions, almost immediately the attention turns to a different issue entirely: when will …

By Karen Wiseman I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday because everyone celebrates it. I love the feelings of gratitude, thankfulness, joy, and warmth that permeate a Thanksgiving holiday table. And who among us does not enjoy the holiday repast served on a festive table with family surrounding us? It’s the family piece that has me thinking about what my imme…

By Brian Clemency In the past, emergency medical technicians and paramedics were taught to immediately pick up patients and hurry to the hospital. The “scoop and run” paradigm grew out of the belief that getting patients to hospitals as quickly as possible would produce the best outcomes, especially in cases of cardiac arrest. That philosophy drove generations of EMS…

By Patrick Reddy Special to The News “In the year since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency, earnings have crept upward, employers have added 1.8 million jobs and the stock market has soared by 22 percent. That’s enough to boost Trump’s grade on the economy to A- in the latest installment of the Yahoo Finance Trumponomics Report Card.” – Rick Newman on Yahoo.com in…