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By Maurice F. Baggiano The Trump administration seems to have adopted a general policy of refusing to comply with requests for information from and subpoenas issued by the House and its committees. Our House of Representatives has oversight authority over the executive branch so that the House can properly exercise its own constitutional responsibilities and act as a…

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The visions for a transformed Buffalo waterfront could have been much more modest. Say there had only been a “Buffalo Million” from the state, or that the development of Canalside stopped progressing four or five years ago, or the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation gave just enough money to put up new picnic tables in LaSalle Park and throw in some dirt for the baseball diamon…

By Stephen Dilts This week marks the seventh annual national Infrastructure Week, bringing together members of both political parties, the private and public sectors, business and labor, and the producers and users of infrastructure, to speak with a collective voice. There are few issues that bring New Yorkers and Americans together more than modernizing our infrastr…

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One money-grab at a time. Before New York State allows in-person sports betting that could further enrich the Seneca Nation of Indians, it should require that the nation’s three Western New York casinos pay all the money they already owe to the state and, through it, to the cities of Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca. There’s no way that Albany should move ahead w…

It’s Marketing 101: Do not offer a special deal if you’re not prepared to follow through. And especially do not do it to mothers on the one day of the year set aside to honor their many contributions. The people at Tim Hortons apparently skipped that class. The ubiquitous coffee-and-doughnut chain had offered a free “mom-sized” iced coffee at two Western New York loc…

With abortion rearing its ugly head again, you can always count on politicians to stir the pot whenever it looks like their inactivity will bring closer scrutiny by the general public. Throw in race relations, another potential war, and a scandal or two, and you have the makings of an emotionally charged population ready to chew on every new bone they throw us to teeth on.…

Sean Kirst’s recent column about his mother was deeply moving. I have replayed his words, “it almost dropped me to my knees.”I understand those tremendous feelings. Seeing her picture in a high school yearbook gave him a better sense of her beginnings. It was important to see her face before her grief began.We are different people at different moments in time. I believe as…

Among the dictionary definitions of “sustainable” is “able to be maintained at a certain level.”Applying this to a recent article for giving private developers public money who fail to pay a prevailing wage is the epitome of unsustainable.A private developer who fails to pay a wage that allows employees the ability to stay afloat is simply without conscience. Summer jobs f…

The letter on May 11, “Don’t house immigrants ahead of U.S. citizens” made me want to cheer. I’m aware of the Catholic Charities ad on TV the writer referred to about mom and her little girl living in a car and I am in full agreement of her remarks. We should be caring for our people. Wake up America.Kathy BertolaDepew

How unfortunate, at least in my lifetime, that we may be witnessing the finest group of individuals seeking the presidency, for either party. I like their various, thoughtful ideas and priorities for the country, including those for the needy. Sadly, they have emerged at a time we require something of overriding significance.Donald Trump has so defiled and debased the offi…

Pancho Billa embodied Buffalo and what it means to be a Bills fan.Buffalo has been through its fair share of setbacks, but that is what makes this place so special – it rallies around its own more than any place I have ever been or lived, which feeds into the spirit of the city. The Bills are more than a football team, they are a piece of what brings this close-knit commun…

It is very sad that the passionate fan Ezra Castro, aka Pancho Billa, has passed at the young age of 39. A fan through and through who dedicated is time as the No. 1 fan of the Buffalo Bills. In his honor the Buffalo Bills organization should put his name on the Wall of Fame. He leaves his passion for the Bills and will be missed greatly.Rest in peace the one and only “Pan…

Former Marine Corp. officer and 2020 presidential candidate Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, who served our nation honorably in the Middle East, made a great point about war service that made me wonder what has happened to the Republican Party in the age of Trump. Moulton compared President John F. Kennedy to President Donald Trump, citing the fact that Kennedy used his fat…