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By Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. President Trump is right when he says, “If you hate our country, you can leave.” America is a free country, which means whether you hate it or love it, whether you were born here or not – you are free to leave. The president said this after months of far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota bashing America – saying Americans treat dogs better …

By Tony Astran I have had the privilege of serving as the public information specialist for the New York State Smokers’ Quitline since 2017. It is a bit serendipitous that I am here, as my father passed away from heart failure in 2008 as a result of smoking. He died young at age 55. Had he lived for four more years, he would have met my son. It breaks my heart to this d…

By Michael D. Garrick Passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act came just after Michael Bloomberg announced his own initiative, Beyond Carbon, committing $500 million to similar goals. As a founding member of the Stable Climate Organization, I was pleased to see both commitments. New York’s goals now become eliminating 85% of greenhouse gas emiss…

By Rosemary Gibson As tensions between the U.S. and China escalate, Washington is waking up to the threat posed by Beijing’s longstanding espionage and cyber hacking. But there’s another looming problem – and one that’s been overlooked for too long: America’s growing dependence on China for prescription drugs. Right now, millions of Americans are taking medicines mad…

By Robert Ciesielski Our thanks go out to the New York State Senate and Assembly, which passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act last month. The votes of 41-21 in the Senate and 111-35 in the Assembly demonstrate the importance of this act in addressing climate change, reducing human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, and creating strong economic and …

By Jay Ambrose If you’re thinking of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, you need maximum compassion, and liberals don’t have it. Promises of more money for lots of people can make voters ridiculously happy if they don’t understand that more for some always means less for others. So the liberals get elected, do their thing and ruin lives of the poorest and …

By Jeffrey M. Bowen Do emotions control our decisions? At times they can. My first reaction to many situations is how I feel about it. I think this is only human. Neuroscientists and other experts agree that perceptions, reactions and motivation are shaped by our emotional presets. When exposed to certain situations repetitively, we experience emotions that become ha…

By Nadine Burke Harris Children in dirty clothes who haven’t been bathed in days. Eight-year-olds caring for toddlers out of necessity. Kids deprived of the safe, stable and nurturing care that’s fundamental to their health and well-being. As a pediatrician who has spent my career addressing childhood trauma, I’ve unfortunately seen it all. And I’ve had to make my sh…

By Paul St. Louis Last spring, I was on a jury that found 37-year-old Frederick Turner guilty of dealing drugs. A few months later, I found out the result of our verdict was worse than I expected: Turner, a meth addict with no prior criminal convictions, received a mandatory minimum sentence of 40 years on two counts of having a firearm while dealing drugs. I was astoni…

By Paul Alexander At the first Democratic presidential debate, there was much discussion about a Congress that has become plagued by dysfunction. No better example of this is the way it has dealt with the Medical Device Excise Tax. The tax was created by the Affordable Care Act, which established several new taxes to help pay for providing health care to 25 million u…

By Lou Jean Fleron What a sight! We the people gathered for a classic celebration of American Independence Day as a majestic fleet of vintage ships sailed into Buffalo Harbor. It was clearly front-page news. The full story behind the revived waterfront is equally newsworthy because it is a collective achievement, a testament to determined public activism, and proof o…

By Michael Kracker There’s been a lot of analysis and spin about the outcomes of this year’s legislative session in Albany. Many have hailed it as the most progressive session in state history. Unfortunately, much of that progressive agenda took direct aim at the upstate economy, ignoring the significant challenges that drive jobs and families out of the state. While…

By Robert Poczik Catholics are members of a global church with more than a billion adherents, of whom nearly 70% live in South America, Africa and Asia. Though members of a large global church, it is in local parishes that church members worship, learn, grow, form relationships and act out their faith. This is clearly a situation where we need to “Think globally, act lo…

By Larry Penner Many remember the late President Lyndon Johnson for his domestic Great Society programs, or for the escalation of the Vietnam War. Few remember his other landmark legislation, which became the foundation for federal financial support of public transportation. July 2019 marks the 55th anniversary of federal support for public transportation. On July 9,…