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By Richard J. Malone North Korea. Canada. Singapore. The Netherlands. China. United States. What do these seven countries have in common? They are the only countries in the world that allow abortions past 5 months of a preborn baby’s development. On the evening of Monday, Jan. 29, the United States Senate failed to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection …

By Noah Rifkin It’s another day and another crash of an Amtrak train in South Carolina.  Amtrak trains move through town daily alongside freight rail carrying payloads with unknown consequences. Freight rail information is unavailable to first responders and residents, at risk.  Accountability for freight rail tanker cars loaded with volatile and other toxic chemicals c…

By Sarah Potwin Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s recent executive budget proposes a 3 percent cut in state library aid. Speaking as the executive library director of the Niagara Falls Public Library, I fear this cut will hurt Western New York libraries. After a near decade of underfunding libraries, the governor’s proposed fiscal year 2019 cuts bring library funding to 2002 le…

By Gary M. Profit For most Americans, refilling a regular prescription is simple – picking up their medicine at their local pharmacy on the way home from work or while doing weekly grocery shopping. But for the more than 176,000 New York veterans and beneficiaries of our active duty military currently insured through TRICARE, the Department of Defense health insurance p…

By Greg Slabodkin In April 2017, the Erie County Medical Center was the victim of a ransomware attack that was so devastating it took six weeks for ECMC to return all of its information systems to operation. Reg Harnish, CEO of GreyCastle Security, a firm hired to manage the hospital’s response to the incident, claims that it was the largest recorded ransomware attack in …

By Richard W. Ford In the Viewpoint section of Sunday’s Buffalo News, the pro-oil and pro-renewable authors both got a few things right and a few things wrong. The pro-oil author scoffs at solar energy because it now provides only 1 percent of our electricity. The important fact about solar is the costs are coming down and efficiency has been going up rapidly, year b…

By Mona Chitre Per capita health care spending in many industrialized nations is less than it is here in the United States, but in many cases, those countries have health care outcomes that are similar to ours. Contributing to this parity in quality but disparity in spending is the lack of approved biosimilar medications to compete here with high-priced, brand-name biol…

By Michele Mercer As a population health services organization collaborating since 2015 with Medicaid providers across Western New York’s eight counties; we have seen the future of health care change take root, and are looking forward to 2018 as being a pivotal year of accelerated transformation. In 2018, the traditional “pyramid” of the health care service structure…

By Phyllis Yaffe As the sixth round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) concluded last week in Montreal, and as we look ahead to the next round to be held in Mexico in about a month, this is a critical moment for the Canada-U.S. relationship, and for the State of New York. For more than two decades, the success of the Canada-New York partner…

By Daniel Fuller In the face of a $4.4 billion deficit, New York State has hard choices ahead. But the decision to allocate funding for private universities more responsibly is a no-brainer. For years, the state has distributed unrestricted funding known as Bundy Aid to private schools to support students attending these New York institutions. As one might imagine, t…

By Jim Schneegold Until a few months ago, I truly believed I could still do all the physical things I used to in my 40s. Well, sort of. I retired from softball long ago after having my knee drained eight times in two months. Back then, I could still do all of my yard work, driveway snow removal and sports. In the wintertime, I only needed a snow shovel and an hour of…

By Nan L. Haynes The Erie County Charter says the Legislature has the power to “study and investigate” when it is in the “best interest of the County.” So, I greeted 2018 with a sense of optimism that the Democratically controlled legislature would execute its duty to study and investigate the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Through its power to oversee the Sheriff’s O…

By Nan L. Haynes The County Charter says the Legislature has the power to “study and investigate” when it is in the “best interest of the County.” So, I greeted 2018 with a sense of optimism that the Democratically controlled legislature would execute its duty to study and investigate the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.  Through its power to oversee the Sheriff’s Office, …

By DANIEL C. LEVLER The politically correct push to force public pension funds to immediately begin to divest from fossil fuels has become a runaway train in New York with many politicians, lawmakers and environmental activists at the wheel. But the truth is that divestment will have little, if any, impact on slowing climate change, but could have a crushing effect o…