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By Katherine Conway-Turner When most people think of the challenges of college, several things spring to mind. The challenge of paying for tuition may be their first thought. Indeed, many students have struggled with paying their tuition costs; however, through the generosity of individual donors, Say Yes Buffalo, Pell and TAP grants, and now the Excelsior Scholarship, …

By Wesley Carter The recent events concerning the activities of UB’s former Vice President, Dennis Black, reminds me of a TV series called “American Greed.” In this series, one learns of the men and woman who devise clever schemes to divest a gullible public of its hard-earned savings. Some depictions are quite tragic in that people were convinced by the most despicable…

By Andy Pallotta On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could forever weaken the ability of working people to fight for better pay, decent health insurance, job security and a secure retirement. That’s not hyperbole. On paper, the Janus case may be about how public-sector unions collect dues from workers they are obligated to…

By Fran Barrett Imagine having to choose between paying your bills and feeding your children. The reality is that too many families don’t have to imagine it: nearly a million children still don’t have consistent access to food. In New York, we believe that no child should go hungry. As the state once again increases funding for education and expands access to tuition…

By Richard Lambert In Saturday’s Buffalo News, on the front page of the Life and Arts section, writer Colin Dabkowski heralded the future of the former Studio Arena Theatre, now Shea’s 710. How to fill a six hundred seat theater on a consistent basis? In a collaboration that includes five of Buffalo’s top theater companies, the article implies that after a sort of…

By Mike Durant The slogan "I Love New York" will be turned on its head if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo increases payroll taxes and cuts income taxes to get around the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The governor claims this shell game won’t hurt businesses because their federal tax deductions have no cap and they can write off the increases. He says it won’t impact employees …

By Elizabeth Bowen Food and shelter are essential for human life. Yet millions of Americans face both food insecurity and housing insecurity. The Trump administration's proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) will make homeless Americans’ daily struggle for survival even worse. The 2019 federal budget propos…

By Jeff Paterson Picture this. You go into your favorite store and buy a $100 outfit. Six months later, you learn that it cost only $25 to make the outfit. You return to the store and demand a $75 refund. Chances are, you are laughed out of the store. Now put yourself in my position. I’m responsible for a not-for-profit organization that provides services to people w…

By Stephen Hart About 5,000 New Yorkers wake up each morning in a barren concrete box the size of an elevator, which they will leave only for one hour of solitary “recreation” in a walled outdoor cage of the same size. Meals and medical care come through a slot in the door. There is no educational or rehabilitative programming, no access to worship services, no meanin…

By Korey Green Lesson learned. This phrase refers to my recent experience about my decision to ask Carl Paladino to be part of a six-member panel discussion about racial issues. This was a community panel discussion that followed the screening of “The Blackness Project." I have no regrets about my choice to invite him to join the panel. My reasoning was sincere and f…

By Paula Hinz and Kennedy Schultz Happy birthday, Alliance Française de Buffalo! In February of 1903, just 115 years ago, a small group of ambitious Buffalo women were interested in maintaining their fluency in French, and remaining up to date in French literature and culture. They sent invitations in French requesting that you reply to Mrs. John G. Milburn. The resp…

By Philip Rumore When City Honors School was conceived, the founders realized that if students were going to do an advanced curriculum, wherein they would take International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, teachers would need to be available to students for extra help – meeting with students completing IB projects, etc. Teachers with the AP and I…

By Jeffrey Freedman The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is shaky. Created in 2010 under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the CFPB has stood up against predatory lending — including companies providing “payday loans” to approximately 12 million Americans annually. Richard Corday, now former director of the CFPB, imposed fines and filed lawsuits aga…

By Tom Baker While some pundits are writing American labor’s obituary, union representation across New York hit a six-year record high of more than one in four workers last year, according to new information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – that’s the highest labor movement coverage in the U.S. With 2.1 million members statewide, union coverage has grown almos…

By Phil Catanese and Michael Weiner Western New York is home to many organizations and services whose mission is to serve residents with a wide variety of needs. At the same time, there is no shortage of people who could benefit from these programs and services. However, connecting residents with the appropriate resource can sometimes be a challenge. That’s why we a…