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By Frank J. Dinan It is getting warm fast in Alaska and Siberia. According to the National Geographic Society, the ice pack covering the Arctic Ocean has declined in area by 36 percent from 1979 to 2016 as global climate change occurs in that once always frigid area. So, the permafrost that covers so much of Alaska’s surface is melting. The term permafrost is a con…

By John J. Hurley Canisius College recently welcomed educators and community leaders to campus for a symposium dealing with the issues of race and ethnicity and how they impact the education of our young people. The keynote speaker, Jabari Mahiri of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Education, author of a provocative new book, “Deconstructing…

By Michael W. Cropp A Buffalo News editorial regarding the projected price tag for Erie County’s Medicaid program (“A $2 billion challenge,” Oct. 11) cited the transition to value-based care as one solution to transforming care and lowering the unsustainable trend of rising health care costs. Value-based care allows health care providers to focus on the clinica…

By J. Thomas Manger and Linda Rosenberg Approximately one in 10 police calls involves a person with mental illness, making police the nation’s de facto first responders to mental health crises. Although police are on the front lines, they often do not have the training to recognize and appropriately respond when an emergency involves a mental health crisis. When …

By Harper Bishop and Clarke Gocker A recent Buffalo News article on the local climate may have left readers with an unduly rosy outlook. Climate change is already hurting our region and, unless we make fast, large-scale changes in public policy, the impacts on Western New Yorkers will be devastating. By 2100, temperatures in Western New York are projected to rise bet…

By John Kane Hasn’t it occurred to anyone that taking money out of a region hurts its economy? In 14 years of revenue sharing with New York State, the Seneca people have given up $1.5 billion to the state. Out of that, less than $400 million has come back to Western New York. That means that literally $1.1 billion was removed from the economy of this region. While …

By Howard Zemsky Paul Alexander questioned the success of the Buffalo Billion in an Another Voice that ran on the same day The Buffalo News ran a front-page story declaring, “Home sale prices in WNY are going through the roof with no end in sight.” A broker quoted in the story described the current real estate market in these terms: “Our economy is strong, with pl…

By Linda Zakrzewski I made a conscious decision to wait at least a week before I offered my opinion on the Boy Scouts decision to invite girls to join their ranks. I wanted my response to be written without haste and emotion. First of all, let it be clear that this is a Boy Scout thing. It is not a Girl Scout thing. Girl Scouts is committed to its program to give the gi…

By Michael Weiner and Dennis Elsenbeck Buffalo’s history has been celebrated as a significant part of its comeback as we build upon our community assets. In addition to our cultural, architectural and economic past, our community’s philanthropic history also plays a critical role in shaping and lifting our city. As the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County cele…

By Stephen Coye There are few things that most Americans agree on these days, but one of them is that our tax code is a mess – and a huge problem for most Americans. From the presidential campaign trail to dinner tables in small-town America, people have been calling for a major overhaul of the federal tax code. Finally, we are beginning to see some positive develo…

By Jean Dickson While the most grievous effects of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard’s administration are the loss of lives in the Holding Center and the Correctional Facility, there have also been tremendous financial costs to the taxpayers of Erie County. County Attorney Michael A. Siragusa’s reports show that no county official has used more public funds to protect hi…

By Matt Hurlbutt and Tom Kucharski In recent years, words and phrases such as “resurgence” and “regional momentum” have steadily found their way back into the local lexicon. And it is this newfound confidence and belief in a more promising future that has reignited the innovative soul of Buffalo and Rochester. While our economic development efforts have by no…

By Paul Alexander As rumors swirl about New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo running for president – he “is definitely running,” Congressman Tom Suozzi said recently – one question looms. Will the Buffalo Billion, a program Cuomo started with the best of intentions, undo his presidential ambitions? After proposing a five-year $1 billion development plan targeted for…

By Stacy Arlain I write today in response to a My View concerning the plight of an individual experiencing homelessness in the Town of Tonawanda at Ellicott Creek Park. The frustration illustrated in that article is valid and shared by those of us who work every day to eradicate homelessness. The concern for this human being in crisis at the very least gives my colleagu…