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As GOP leaders of 27th Congressional District scramble to produce a winning candidate to replace Rep. Chris Collins, it might be useful to review the types of lawmakers Western New York has sent to Washington in the modern era. Two of these would go on to become unsuccessful GOP vice presidential candidates: an ideological leader of the House of Representatives and Cabi…

To suggest that 100 percent of season ticket holders for the Buffalo Bills have mobile devices is folly. How can one manage their account without an electronic device? How can you sell, transfer tickets, etc. without a device? Yes, efficiency is provided when entering the gates at New Era Field and ticket scalping is something of the past. The Buffalo Bills will save…

For years, negative propaganda from the insurance and pharmaceutical establishment has sold us the myth that universal health care is unaffordable. Particularly in the Republican-controlled New York Senate, politicians, dependent on their contributions, have justified blocking the New York Health Act by focusing on the total cost while ignoring benefits, savings, or eve…

Though I’m a decades-long financial supporter of animal rights and welfare, I am troubled by some of the sentiment regarding the wildlife inching into our more populated areas. Americans appreciate, respect and financially support animal well-being all over the nation. This is especially true of New Yorkers because we live in a bountiful wildlife state. But can we be to…

President Trump has been very enthusiastic about recent polls showing that 88 to 90 percent of Republicans support him even though his overall approval rating remains well south of 50 percent. Too bad his narcissism prevents him from realizing that the reason for that result is that many people who don’t support him are no longer willing to identify themselves as belong…

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The severity of his predicament may finally have settled in as Chris Collins contemplates the real possibility of prison, but whatever the reason for abandoning his re-election campaign, it was the right call. Charged last week with 11 federal felony counts related to insider trading, the Western New York congressman at first insisted he would continue his campaign whil…

It helps, but not enough. The U.S. Department of Commerce lowered the Trump administration’s crushing tariffs on newsprint a little, meaning that many of the country’s newspapers, already gasping, will strangle a little more slowly. The administration imposed the tariff on Canadian newsprint at the request of a single American provider whose financial problems are not c…

By Pete Lopez The Love Canal environmental tragedy in Niagara Falls was a transformative event for the community, the federal government and for the nation. In the late 1970s, people across the country began to realize the significance of environmental contamination and the need for a comprehensive response to protect public health and the environment. Thanks to the …

Not all Americans have historically embraced the idea of democracy. As Colin Woodard explains in his book, “American Nations,” the landed gentry who founded the Tidewater nation around Jamestown were an aristocratic culture, and the slaveocracy that emigrated from Barbados to the coast of South Carolina, eventually dominating the entire South, believed, not in the right of…

Do the Trump loyalists not realize that the president’s stated goal is to destroy regulations and laws and norms that made our country the progressive model for a democratic society? Do they not understand that attention to these facets of our democratic republic make us safer, healthier, more competitive and freer to choose our futures? I do not understand how regul…

I read with great interest Margaret Sullivan’s recent opinion page analysis of the press conference following the Helsinki meeting between President Trump and President Vladimir Putin. In her analysis, she expressed her belief that all the press should take the position that this was a dismal failure on the part of Trump. She expressed that the reporters who differed in…

As the daughter of an adoptee and a close friend of a mom and dad who adopted a beautiful child, I was offended by the Aug. 1 letter on adopted kids in Everybody’s Column. Adoption is an act of love for all parties involved. To give up a child has to be the greatest sacrifice a woman can make. To long for a child and not be able to have one is agonizing emotionally and …

I’ve been on this planet for 70-plus years and seen many changes in all avenues of life. Some of these developments have been beneficial while others have caused horrific results. It never seems to matter what political party is in residence. Case in point is the effort to legalize the drug marijuana. I fully understand the possibility of medical necessity and the benef…