March for Life promotes peaceful end to abortionSunday is the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Next Friday, people will gather in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life to peacefully witness for an end to abortion. Think how many millions of preborn babies’ lives have been terminated in these 44 years. Isn’t it sad? They could have been productive citize…

Single-party rule is not good for AmericaAs an independent, I have no allegiance to any party but I do not believe that single-party rule is good for the country. The Republicans play hardball while the Democrats play Wiffle ball. Both parties have their pluses and minuses. The Democrats want to give away everything while the Republicans don’t want to share anything.Sen.…

As one circus ends, another is beginningLike many people, I was somewhat saddened to learn of the news that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus would end its 146-year run later this year. Not to worry, however, as a new circus came to Washington, D.C., on Friday.It features a variety of brand-new scary and amusing clowns, sideshows and even talking elephants and …

Refugees’ performance gives us reason to cheerAmid all the rancor and hate-filled racist rhetoric we hear today, nationally (President Trump) and locally (Rep. Chris Collins and Carl Paladino), Colin Dabkowski’s story in Tuesday’s paper was a welcome and inspiring one. It was about the cast of refugees at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church on Lafayette Avenue performin…

County’s property tax chief needs to check his numbersIt happens to me every year. Even as the doctor is taking my blood pressure, I worry not only that the results may not fall within the statistically healthy range, but that my apprehension may actually drive the numbers up. It happens again when we turn to reviewing my blood work. What will all those figures reveal ab…

Congress must ensure that all have health careThe most recent World Health Organization rankings of national health care place the United States in at least the mid 30s, behind at least a dozen European allies and, slightly, Canada. An additional sign of inefficiency is that we are No. 1 in per capita expenditure. Basically, less bang for our buck.For context, recent congr…

Loss of our beloved pet leaves us heavy-heartedI pushed myself from the comfort of sleep this morning to face an empty bed and a hole in my heart. No big brown eyes in a small, furry dog blinked sleep away to welcome a new day. Three days in and the emptiness still permeates the house. Each of us here is moving slower with the weight of grief. I remind myself it is a small…

President is violating the emoluments clauseThe illegitimate presidency of Donald Trump must be opposed from day one. His invitation to the Russian interference in our election, the complicity of the FBI director and Trump’s total disregard of the Constitution in terms of the emoluments clause are all a basis for impeachment. Any lawmaker with a little backbone must imme…

Politicians, football players bear a striking resemblanceHave you ever noticed how frequently politicians resort to the use of football metaphors? I believe that it is because they engage in an activity that bears a striking resemblance to professional football.Participants in both arenas perform with lots of hype but provide bystanders with little more than entertainment;…

Give the GOP a taste of its own medicineSo, Rep. Chris Collins thinks Democrats are pouting, does he? What would he call the last eight years of Republican obstructionism? Business as usual?Even when President Barack Obama thought an idea from the Republicans was a good one, they decided they wouldn’t back their own proposals, or vote to make them law if Obama wanted the…

Americans hope Trump will break the status quoPresident Barack Obama’s administration left us better off than with the financial disaster he inherited. But it is still a far cry from FDR’s administration, which made a point of hiring photographers to publicize the plight of our nation’s destitute, instead of continuing to make them invisible after they exhaust their …

Trump will not help middle-class familiesGreed in America is destroying this country. The Electoral College just elected the greediest person in America to be our president. Although Donald Trump and his mouthpieces say that he won the election in a landslide, Trump lost the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes.Trump has benefited from $885 million in tax breaks fro…

Debased SUNY program facing serious problemsThe problem with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make SUNY undergraduate tuition free for individuals whose family makes less than $125,000 is not that such a cutoff is too high, but that it is too low.The continued squeezing of the SUNY program – by cutting state funding while at the same time moving tuition costs to students an…

Paladino is unworthy of holding public officeI believe that every private citizen is entitled to freedom of speech. Every civilian should be able to say what he feels without fear of retribution. Carl Paladino is not a private citizen but a public servant and, like it or not, he was elected to be the voice of the people he represents. I can assure you his ugly and racist w…