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Over the past months, most people seem to have become convinced that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election. But in the acres of print and torrent of words that have been produced about this and about President Trump, I’ve never heard anyone speculate on the likely reason for their intervention.To me it has seemed crystal-clear. The Russians knew that Trump was a foo…

The progress has been agonizingly slow, but there finally appears to be movement on the useful and necessary project to equip Erie County sheriff’s deputies with body cameras. The Erie County Legislature last week approved a five-year, $1.6 million contract to equip sheriff’s deputies with the cameras. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, long an obstacle, had signed the contract…

By Linda Militello Domestic engineering, otherwise called home economics, was pioneered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by a headstrong Ellen Swallow Richards in 1883. She steadfastly proved that education, conservation and maintenance were critical for successfully running a home, just like any business. Somehow, around 8 years old, I discerned that phi…

By Martha Golar and Cathy Liss New York Attorney General Letitia James has joined colleagues from 18 other states, the District of Columbia and New York City in a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from gutting critical protections under the Endangered Species Act. Now, the state’s congressional delegation must get on board by signing onto the PAW and FIN Conse…

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The former AM&A’s department store structure on Washington Street inherited a dubious title three years ago. After developer Douglas Jemal bought Seneca One tower in 2016, the AM&A’s site once again became Buffalo’s most conspicuous vacant building. It’s hard to miss the 10-story building, which sits north of M&T Bank’s headquarters, between the Main Place M…

I am not writing regarding my position on the Green Light Law, I am writing regarding Mickey Kearns’ position after the recent ruling by a federal judge. I am tired of elected officials and government employees refusing to do their job. Erie County Clerk Kearns stated he will not enforce the law as written.Kearns along with Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard who stated he woul…

The Nov. 7 letter in Everybody’s Column, “Praying for Trump to remain in office,” is a nonviolent suggestion to act if you agree.As a veteran who gave up two years of my life to defend the high ideals of our ancestors and those who died to do the same, I am puzzled by the idea that I should pray to God, who I cannot believe “put Trump in office,” and who was a draft-dodger…

A number of years ago communities implemented the use of totes to collect and dispose of garbage.I know that this was done to be more efficient, to recycle and to control the rat population. Overall, I think it was a good idea. But there is another problem that has emerged, that many probably don’t think about or may not even know about. The problem is, that increasingly …

Regarding President Trump: Many people, and a lot of press have never, and will never accept the fact that “us deplorables” elected this man as our president. Sit back, relax and enjoy the prosperity that Trump has given all Americans. It’s reported in the Wall Street Journal that unemployment hit a 50-year low in September.We all can agree that Trump is Trump with lumps, …

Every day it becomes more evident how deep the corruption goes in Trump’s administration and Donald J. Trump himself. Like dominoes one by one the people around him go down. What are we supposed to believe? Daily, new evidence is revealed.I am now 73 years old, I cannot recall another president and administration as corrupt as our current one.Richard Nixon would have been …

Having watched all games this season of the Buffalo Bills, I’m having a very hard time following what is going on the offensive side of the ball. Either this quarterback isn’t that great or our offensive coordinator has been dumb and lucky in his previous coaching stops.We successfully run the ball and move the ball down the field, only to start passing and either punt or …

Is it just me or does it seem like we completely skip over Thanksgiving and jump from Halloween to Christmas? We used to have a nice transition from one holiday to the next, leaving time to put away decorations and prepare for the next round of festivities. I know we’ve become a fast-paced society, but if we don’t learn to slow down once in a while we’re going to end up ru…

Here we go with the impeachment hearings. The process and results are predictable: the investigators will present their evidence that the president used his political power to bypass the Constitution, including obstructing justice of the acquisition of the facts surrounding their case.The Republicans will do everything they can to torpedo the witnesses and facts to protect…

Why do homeowners fear reassessments so much?Timely home value reassessments are a necessary and desirable event, especially in New York, which is one of only seven states that does not mandate them, according to Town of Cheektowaga Deputy Supervisor Brian Nowak.Without assessing proper values to homes and businesses, towns and cities cannot maintain full equalization rate…