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Emboldened by Democratic Party majorities in both houses of the Legislature, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday laid out a “justice agenda” for New York that is heavy on progressive priorities, but seasoned with some restraints. Legalized recreational marijuana. An affirmation of rights for transgender individuals. Stronger protections for abortion rights. Those are among …

By Nicholas P. Amigone III As a former prosecutor and as a practicing attorney in this community for 44 years, I must register my strong disagreement with the arguments and analysis set forth by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes in their flawed advocacy in support of the legalization of recreational marijuana. First, despite his adamant po…

When the Zoning Board of Appeals meets today to review the request by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. for a series of variances from the city’s Green Code, it should keep prominently in mind the effort being made to link Buffalo’s revitalized present with its storied past. The agency is constructing a “longshed” that will become part of Canalside. The shed’s fir…

The president wants to declare a national emergency in order to bypass Congress and build his wall. But there is no new crisis at the border.Arrests of people trying to cross the southern border peeked in 2000, and have been in decline since because of technological upgrades, tougher penalties post 9/11, a decline in migration from Mexico, and a sharp increase in the numbe…

The Jan. 5 letter writer asks us to reflect on our own family origins. All four of my grandparents came to America about 100 years ago – legally.My Irish grandmother needed to be sponsored, and to have a job lined up for her before she was allowed to enter. She waited years for those criteria to be met, then sailed for Ellis Island. My Irish grandfather couldn’t enter when…

Dear people, this shutdown is ridiculous.In past years when the New York State Legislature could not get their act together to pass a budget, state troopers and corrections officers still got paid.College professors, like my father and brother at least got paid in scrip, New York State issued IOU’s which storekeepers knew would eventually be made good. Why cannot our Unite…

After World War I, Hitler wanted to make Germany great. The Nazi Party advocated extreme nationalism and anti-Semitism.Hitler was appointed chancellor and through the Enabling Act was virtually assured he could constitutionally exercise dictatorial power without legal objection. It was autocratic government.Later after World War II a wall was constructed and the Cold War y…

A recent letter writer pointed to the natural effects of water vapor and carbon dioxide in the greenhouse effect on earth, and to the fact that climate change has been happening as long as earth has been in existence. Both of these are correct statements.In fact, natural climate change has been a topic of scientific research for around 200 years. Earth scientists have char…

Opioid addiction has become the scourge of the nation but, thankfully, society continues to find new ways to help its victims. Now, the court system has become a sanctuary of sorts for those genuinely looking for rescue, and they don’t have to be implicated in any wrongdoing. The Niagara Falls Opioid Intervention Court recently opened with the goal of saving the lives o…

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William “Bill” Sutherland is not behind bars, nor is he free. Sutherland has been confined to state psychiatric hospitals since pleading “not responsible by reason of mental illness” to a felony arson charge in 2000. Sutherland’s plea got him out of serving prison time. A judge ordered him held in custody of the state Office of Mental Health for at least six months, whi…

By Susan Gianiodis I imagine that one of the New Year’s resolutions people make each year is to spend more time at home, and less time at work. After all, isn’t that the saying – on your deathbed you don’t ever say, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” Nobody should miss important or milestone events because of work. Family time is precious, and it is essent…

By Dr. Richard Ruhling Medical care is the diagnosis and treatment of disease and has nothing to do with health care. Proof comes from the inverse relationship – the more one takes prescriptions to relieve symptoms, the worse one’s health becomes. While teaching at Loma Linda University in California, I did yearly physicals on executives. One said that sugar gave him…

New Yorkers were treated to a gratuitous display of progressive back patting at Barnard College on Jan. 7. Flanked by failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo trotted out his personal collection of far-left acolytes to worship at the altar of his “reproductive health” agenda. For New Yorkers still operating on the basis of reason, one useful i…

Western New York has done and continues to do a wonderful job of recycling paper, bottles, cans and metals which otherwise might end up despoiling our natural and man-made environment.Plastic grocery and other plastic shopping bags, as well as plastic cups and straws, are difficult to recycle. They are often seen blowing in the wind from landfills, shopping centers and pic…