Nei­ther po­lit­i­cal party is speak­ing for the peo­ple

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Mike May Carol Sundquist David Kiefer II Joe Mas­cia

We have D’s for Democrats; R’s for Repub­li­cans, now we de­mand an old-fash­ioned way to as­sign let­ters for our so-called lead­ers, the let­ter is “F” for fail­ure.

How far has this coun­try come from the con­cept of putting the coun­try first? Is the new way to gov­ern, “P’s” for se­vere par­ti­san­ship? It ap­pears to me that fight­ing against ev­ery idea of the pres­i­dent is child­ish and it ap­pears as the pres­i­dent and the Repub­li­cans would do any­thing to make the Democrats look bad, and who suf­fers, the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

If the other side wants some­thing, par­ti­san­ship will en­sure their team is charged to fight against it, no mat­ter what the cost, Wall, no wall, im­mi­grants, no im­mi­grants, for sure no help for the Amer­i­can peo­ple. These ar­chaic par­ties should come to an agree­ment on the bet­ter­ment of the coun­try and its cit­i­zens!

Con­gress is well com­pen­sated, they sit there in their beau­ti­ful of­fices in the cap­i­tal, with paid staff to sat­isfy al­most ev­ery need, while dur­ing the shut­down fed­eral work­ers are fur­loughed or not com­pen­sated. The gov­ern­ment shut­down is/was ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­ior, not the bet­ter­ment of this na­tion.

This coun­try should start a new party, “None of the Above Party.” (NAP) When NAP re­ceives the high­est num­ber of votes in a con­test, the elec­tion is started over; the par­ties go back to the draw­ing board and find some­body else. Per­haps this is one way to give the masses a voice once again.


Ad­vice to Bills man­agers: hold on to good play­ers

I be­lieve that Josh Allen from the Buf­falo Bills is an­other Jim Kelly, a quar­ter­back we needed. Had it not been for the in­jury he had with his arm, we might have been in a bet­ter po­si­tion to­day. So be it,

The man­ager made the best de­ci­sion to keep Allen out un­til he was 100 per­cent. Thanks to Buf­falo’s man­agers.

Now for next year, we are look­ing for that bet­ter po­si­tion and pos­si­bly go all the way to the Su­per Bowl. What­ever the man­agers do, please hold on to our good play­ers.

That is all Buf­falo fans want. Go Bills!


Le­gal­iz­ing pot will cost more in health and safety

Some New York State politi­cians want to le­gal­ize the use of recre­ational mar­i­juana since it will in­crease rev­enue, sales tax ben­e­fits and fewer peo­ple would be jailed be­cause they were us­ing/sell­ing mar­i­juana il­le­gally.

Read Health­line, Newsweek and see all the costs of le­gal­iz­ing mar­i­juana, such as in­creased cost of law en­force­ment due to drugged driv­ing in­ci­dents, in­creases in fa­tal crashes due to mar­i­juana in­take, loss if pro­duc­tiv­ity, a huge spike in gang-re­lated crime, an in­crease in the home­less pop­u­la­tion and more peo­ple be­ing jailed for more se­ri­ous crimes.

More high school and mid­dle school ex­pul­sions oc­cur be­cause of mar­i­juana use. Mar­i­juana is put into brown­ies, gummy bears, etc. and eaten by chil­dren, given out on Hal­loween and surge of emer­gency room vis­its and some­times death of chil­dren. Pets die from eat­ing it.

Mar­i­juana leads to more opi­oid and other drug usage. It of­ten gets spiked with other drugs. Alterations in mood and mem­ory leads to more sui­cide and harm to oth­ers. Chem­i­cals such as am­mo­nia and hy­dro­gen cyanide dam­age bronchial tubes and lungs, re­sult­ing in coughs and trou­ble breath­ing, and in­crease heart rate by as much as 50 beats/minute for up to three hours. Can cause heart at­tack, heart

No one has ever ac­cused our com­radein-chief of not think­ing big, but in this lat­est de­mand for a bor­der wall, he is do­ing just that.

Why stop at just a wall? Why not dig a moat and fill it with al­li­ga­tors? And since the United States is climb­ing the ranks in crude oil pro­duc­tion, why not some vats to boil the oil to pour on those able to breach the moat? We could sta­tion cat­a­pults be­hind the wall to rain boul­ders or other de­bris upon the ad­vanc­ing hordes.

The only prob­lem would be find­ing a time ma­chine to take us back to the me­dieval pe­riod when these mea­sures ac­tu­ally worked.


Schroeder’s ab­sence will be felt in Buf­falo

Wow! Con­grat­u­la­tions to Comp­trol­ler Mark Schroeder.

What a New Year’s gift to a de­serv­ing pub­lic ser­vant. A big pro­mo­tion to head the New York State DMV. What’s in­ter­est­ing is the tim­ing. With thou­sands of qual­i­fied can­di­dates in New York State lo­cal, county and state em­ploy­ees, why Mark Schroeder? No se­cret that Schroeder has been an ex­cel­lent watch­dog over the spend­ing of tax­payer dol­lars to lose him now would be a loss to the res­i­dents of the City of Buf­falo.

Can’t blame him for tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to serve all of New York State, but head of DMV? Not quite the good use of Schroeder’s skills. I’ve seen first­hand his “bull dog” in ac­tion at the fi­nance com­mit­tee meet­ings. Quite im­pres­sive. My con­cern now is the au­dits that the comp­trol­ler would per­form at Buf­falo Mu­nic­i­pal Hous­ing Au­thor­ity.

My hope is whomever re­places Schroeder would fol­low the same prin­ci­pals and con­duct the same au­dits that gained the re­spect of the of­fice and not some po­lit­i­cal hack of the Brown ad­min­is­tra­tion. It’s only one year be­fore the elec­tion of a new comp­trol­ler and we the peo­ple will be keep­ing a close eye on his or her per­for­mance.

Good luck Mark Schroeder and god­speed. I for one know you will han­dle the new job with the in­tegrity you have in the last. You will be missed.


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