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By Jeffrey Freedman What does a young woman who has just landed her first job teaching with AmeriCorps do when she is diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor? While facing surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, Katie Weber worried: Would her health insurance cover the expenses, or would she be forced into bankruptcy by the time she was 23? Because the Affordable Care Ac…

By Kenneth P. Houseknecht The Buffalo News recently reported that a third of the City of Buffalo’s middle- and high-schoolers have seen someone shot, stabbed or assaulted. The same article noted that children living in violent neighborhoods suffer post-traumatic stress disorder at a rate three times higher than troops returning from Iraq, national studies show. Add…

By Thomas J. Botzman More than 40 years ago, a young adult with very modest family means began an uncertain journey in higher education. It was fraught with many pitfalls and unknowns because this aspiring collegian was one of 13 children and had to finance his college education on his own through a mixture of loans, grants, scholarships and institutional financial aid …

By Elisabeth Stock With more than 50 percent of public school students living in poverty, Buffalo has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. Given that income level is a predictor for both academic achievement and access to critical educational resources such as broadband, the poverty rate should be a rallying cry for change in this city. In Buffalo, and acr…

By Ted Morton For far too long we’ve seen foreign manufacturers take advantage of cheap labor and watched them make inferior products. This has led to decades of loss to local manufacturing jobs, an economic blow still felt today. To help fight this, recently we saw New York State approve a new provision to require American-made steel and resources for transportation …

By Joseph S. Testa, M.D. Found on a fresco by 16th century painter Giorgio Vasari are the words: cerca trova (look and you will find). Use these words to investigate the state of health care in the United States today. No matter your political belief, you will be surprised and concerned. Every physician practicing today must have advanced knowledge in accounting, fed…

By Neal Shifman Whether you love it or hate it, it’s a fact that 29 states so far have some form of marijuana decriminalization or legalization, with more considering the possibility. People have strong opinions about the legalization of marijuana – but how often are those opinions based on science and an understanding of evolving best practices? It’s high time…

By Michele Sterlace-Accorsi Women earned the right to vote in New York almost 100 years ago. We celebrate by honoring the contributions of notable suffragists from our state. To celebrate, I participated in a Suffrage Centennial in Western New York with dozens of women’s organizations. I marched with Feminists Choosing Life of New York. The overwhelming presence of pr…

By Andrew Bursky Last week was a remarkable week in Washington. While the media remains intensely focused on the tweets, changing faces and sheer drama emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., a more consequential and encouraging statement emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by New York’s own Rep. Tom Reed. In a remarkable act of courage, statesmanshi…

By Anne Harding Joyce As a former chairwoman of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, I would like to address the recent flurry of comments regarding Kevin Gaughan’s plans to redevelop the Delaware Park Golf Course, relocate the golf course in South Park and restore the South Park Arboretum. I do not speak for the conservancy but as someone who is passionate about…

By Andy Jakson “All politics is local” is a phrase we have all heard many times referring to the reality that real change at the top of government is driven by strong voices in local government. Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo is one of those strong voices when it comes to protecting the health and well-being of his constituents. And now he …

By Michael W. Cropp What happens in Washington following the recent collapse of the Senate’s efforts to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is uncertain. What is certain is the fact all Americans should expect – and deserve – access to high-quality, affordable health care. The Senate’s inability to reach consensus on an ACA replacement bill cl…

By Stephanie Crockatt and Dennis R. Horrigan Frederick Law Olmsted was our country’s first and finest landscape architect. He came to Buffalo in 1868 and designed the nation’s first system of urban parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the steward of his genius. In applying it to everyday park solutions, its responsibility is to ask, …

By Robert Milch In a jaw-dropping display of hypocrisy, ineptitude and deceit, the Republican-dominated House Appropriations Committee voted on July 13 to block implementation of the District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity law. The law would allow terminally ill patients with decision-making capacity to access physician aid in dying. In a 2015 poll, 67 percent of…

By Chris Collins Last Friday, I introduced the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), legislation that would protect the Second Amendment rights of all Americans by preventing states from exceeding existing federal regulations on rifles and shotguns. This law would prohibit states from regulating, prohibiting, registering or licensing a rifle or shotgun for the sale,…