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I have never felt the need to reach for the hand sanitizer after reading an article in the News until Rod Watson’s Feb. 7 commentary, “ ‘Blue Lives’ flag should come down.” His comments reflect total disregard or more correctly contempt for the men and women who are sworn to protect us.The Blue Lives matters flag represents those who we ask to protect us, and their need t…

Buffalo, New York, the proud home of New Era Cap Company. No truer words were ever spoken especially in my house. My father Walter Domras was one of the first employees of New Era. His uncle Erhart Koch started the business in the early 1900s. My father considered it the family business and went to work there as a teenager after the death of his own father. My dad spent 50…

Several news stories have reported that income tax refunds have decreased for several million taxpayers this year. It seems that the Republican tax cuts aren’t trickling down as promised by President Trump, Reps. Paul Ryan, Chris Collins, and their colleagues.Instead of trickle-down, why don’t we try “bubble up” economics instead? Raise the federal minimum wage to a reason…

The death of a homeless man, Larry, in the middle of the brutal storm in one of our communities most wealthy neighborhoods stands as a silent testimony to the great injustice of homelessness and should shame all of us.No number of “feel good “ headlines in The Buffalo News about how it is “not easy to help the homeless” or feel-good stories about the individual acts of kin…

I was mortified watching our street trees on Lafayette Avenue being trimmed yesterday. What was a glorious canopy of big shade trees now looks more like tall corn stalks. Instead of looking at a beautiful wall of greenery from my front porch this warm season, I will now be treated to viewing tree trunks baring the bright scars of their amputated limbs. And the wonderful si…

On January 2017, when Deborah Glick, the New York Assembly sponsor of the new abortion law was asked during debate, “So, if a baby is born intact and alive but has not yet taken its first breath, it has no rights?” Assemblymember Steven F. McLaughlin asked. “Is that the position you are taking?”“New York state law says you are alive when you begin to breathe,” Glick said. …

I was stunned after reading online The Buffalo news story: “A nursing home recovery: One man’s journey.” My mother’s own journey was eerily similar to Henry’s, the story’s central character. Both were placed at the Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, both became violently ill, but, unlike Henry, my mother lost her life.My mother’s stay was expected to be a time …

Your editorial on Larry Bierl fell horribly short. “Perhaps the best we can hope for is for more people to become aware of the dangers of Code Blue conditions…” Really? Perhaps the best we can hope for is that we enact legislation mandating care for anyone with anosognosia who is engaging in behavior that puts them at risk. (Anosognosia is a symptom of mental illness. Tho…

I know personally from family that we all see “history” through our own lens. Being one of four kids, some of the same events were viewed very differently by each of us.I can understand how Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam can mix-up his photo memories trying to recall exactly what happened at that time. We all manipulate what we see and how we see it. We have no other input fr…

Calendar year 2018 was the first year of the new federal tax law. My wife and I are both retirees on fixed incomes, including Social Security. Despite the negative comments and predictions from Democrats and many in the media about President Trump’s plan to overhaul the federal income tax system, we are pleased to report that we just received a refund of federal income tax…

Tax season is in full swing and taxpayers in the middle and lower-income brackets are beginning to find out that the tax reform, once touted by the White House in October 2017 that the average family “would get a $4,000 raise” is anything but.People who count on refunds are in for a rude awakening as the IRS made clandestine changes to the withholding tables and several de…

Jay Skurski wrote that Rob Gronkowski, the All-Pro tight end for the New England Patriots, “may go down as the greatest athlete to come out of Western New York.”With all due respect, I’m afraid the excitement of Super Bowl week may have clouded his reasoning. There is no doubt that Gronkowski will probably be the greatest tight end to ever play in the National Football Lea…

I hope all Buffalo and Erie County politicians who vote on proposals for the city and county have read the front-page Viewpoints article from the Feb. 3 Buffalo News. It details the real costs involved in the construction of Atlanta’s sparkling new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of this month’s Super Bowl. The statement that caught my eye was the final projected costs to Atla…

Donald Trump in his Feb. 5 State of the Union speech went directly into the dictatorial playbook of Spain’s Generalísimo Francisco Franco by calling out socialism as the enemy of America.This was in addition to his frequent accusations of immigrants and the media as the evil enemies. This tactic helped to put Franco into power in 1939 and lead to the deaths of an estimated…