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The Trump shutdown is now the McConnell shutdown. In December the Senate unanimously passed a Continuing Resolution, funding the government. After criticism from Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump threatened to veto the bill. Now, 800,000 federal employees are furloughed and their families have no paycheck. Thousands of other federal employees are working without …

Contrary to what the author implies in the Jan. 12 Everybody’s Column, the 440 hosts across Buffalo are members of their community, many of whom began sharing their home in order to pay their mortgage or keep up with property taxes – to afford to stay in their home. Fifty-eight percent of Buffalo hosts are women, and nearly one in five are seniors above the age of 60, many…

And recently Donald Trump claimed he never said Mexico would pay for his wall. What? His loudest and most repeated campaign promise.I was going to vent about the latest on Paul Manafort, or Trump’s parroting of Vladimir Putin’s version of events in Afghanistan. How sickening it was to see a United States president openly laughed at during a speech at the United Nations. Tu…

It’s Republicans versus Democrats and nothing is getting done for the people. The Constitution of the United States was based on the principles of “We, the people of the United States!”Why then doesn’t the president and Congress represent the people who elected them into office.Did anyone ask the people if they want a wall and if they wanted to spend several billion dollar…

On Jan. 18 The News posted an editorial, “Gillibrand’s lie.” The News endorsed Kirsten Gillibrand for U.S. Senate.The News has never gotten it right with their political endorsements. I’m confident based on the track record of The News she will be endorsed again regardless of the office she runs for. Readers need only to exercise a minimal amount of common sense that The N…

Late in the 19th century, a group of Washington politicians formed the “Know Nothing” party. When asked their opinion on Reconstruction, for example, they said nothing.Views on the tariff, on Negro rights, veterans pensions … they replied that they knew nothing of these. When finally asked what they did know, the Know Nothing politicians said: “I know nothing other than im…

Most of the current coverage of the proposed border wall fails to expose the enormous harm already caused by existing barriers.Since 1994 fences have blocked the usual routes between Mexico and the USA, such as the roads from Tijuana to San Diego or from Ciudad Juarez to El Paso, forcing migrants to walk through harsh desert or mountain terrain, as much as 50 miles before …

Before Donald J. Trump was president he owned casinos, hotels and other properties. During that time his companies declared bankruptcy six times and was not able to pay wages to all the people who worked for him and those who built his buildings. These bankruptcies saved Trump money.Currently 800,000 government workers are not being paid because of a government shutdown. T…

An opinion in the Jan. 11 edition in The Buffalo News about the Electoral College stated that the reason that the Electoral College should not be abolished is that two most populated states, New York and California, have large overwhelmingly Democratic populations.He lists the number of counties that Donald Trump won, inferring that what’s most important in a democracy is …

Earlier this month, my car filled with old computers, monitors, TVs, and VCRs, I ventured out for the first time to the Recycling Event at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage on Seneca Street. What I encountered was an amazingly efficient operation well-staffed and run by city employees who, to my surprise, actually unloaded the cars and quickly sent us on our way. Too …

A recent editorial by The Buffalo News editorial board irresponsibly echoed many of the same mischaracterizations and falsehoods that have been weaponized by insurers and the construction industry for years. In truth, the Scaffold Safety Law is one of the few remaining safeguards protecting construction workers and their families today, at a time when real estate and const…

I read in the Jan. 10 Buffalo News that Rep. Chris Collins, whose net worth is a mere $40 million or so, is bravely sacrificing his salary during the government shutdown. This selfless act reminded me of other American heroes, like Martin Luther King Jr., Audie Murphy and Nathan Hale. I was actually moved to tears. After all, haven’t most people experienced laughing so har…

Hang onto your wallets New York the dynamic duo of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are about to pick it. The socialists/progressives are taking the stage.Make no mistake, they are one and the same. Socialist doesn’t sound good so they have adopted the word progressive. Between Cuomo’s tax, tax, tax and de Blasio’s free, free, free those moths in yo…

Donald Trump is irrational as president of the United States. Through his first day in office to the present, the (billionaire?) by his theatrical antics, tweets, is an embarrassment as a country leader. And yet 40 percent of Americans thinks the man is fantastic. Its pathetic Congress and Senate agreed with the man who wants to deregulate carbon dioxide emissions, use of …