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By Michael Borges With the complete phaseout of the Gap Elimination Adjustment in 2016, New York took an important first step toward providing adequate school funding. Now the New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) is calling on the state to finish what it started by fully funding the Foundation Aid formula. Together with timely adjustments to…

By David W. Sutherland The overall unemployment rate for veterans this Veterans Day, 4.4 percent, is actually lower than that of their non-veteran civilian peers. Employers are making hiring veterans a priority, and it’s showing. But it’s too soon for a victory lap. As more than 250,000 service members each year transition into the private sector, it’s not j…

By Don Stanger Don’t look now, but Mother Nature has changed the seasons. Though fall is a wonderful time of year, it signals something less pleasant – flu season. Flu, or influenza, is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalizations, severe health complications and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu-related dea…

By Pam Atwater Based on the recent headline in The News about the impact on the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station of 70 industrial wind turbines over 600 feet tall along Lake Ontario, it would appear that the issue was settled in favor of the turbines. However, the statements placed in the context of the long-term viability of the air base demand another conclusion. …

By Anthony Papa The ability to vote is of great importance and should be enjoyed by every citizen. Until you lose your right to vote you will not understand this. I can attest to this since I lost my ability to vote for many years because of a crime I committed. Some states take away your right to vote forever if you are convicted of a felony. In New York State, acco…

By Marshall J. Duguay At one time in my career, I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Since then I have devoted significant time in my profession working in the area of vocal rehabilitation of laryngectomized individuals. My role was helping people who had their voice boxes surgically removed because of laryngeal cancer to regain the ability to speak. In my work…

By Nancy Potok and John F. Mahoney In a world where statistics move markets and decide elections, knowing how to use and interpret data is the key to making informed decisions. Leaders in business, science and government continue to stress that information is the linchpin of success in the 21st century and we need to make sure students have the skills they need to bette…

By Damon Piatek It’s too easy to lose focus on our nation’s critical issues when every time you wake up in the morning there’s another “October surprise” greeting you on social media. In the business of international trade, we continue to stay focused on America’s foreign policy and trade environment. One of the topics that was a focal point of the three …

By David Schwanekamp For many years we have known about the connection between the health of your mouth and your overall health. Since 1997, studies have shown that the underlying factor in heart disease is chronic inflammation, including chronic inflammation of the gums. This knowledge has changed the way modern dental practices have operated, and the way we look at ch…

By Les Hoffman Buffalo has had unacceptably high childhood poverty rates for decades. The rate in Buffalo has reached a 10-year high of 54 percent, according to recent census numbers reported in The Buffalo News on Oct. 1. “Nearly 32,000 Buffalo children are poor, almost enough to sell out the downtown KeyBank Center – twice,” reporter Jay Rey wrote. This is terri…

By Larry Penner “Momentum builds for new Buffalo train station” continues to be wishful thinking going back decades. Every year, millions of dollars are spent for planning studies to research the potential for new transportation capital investments and system expansion. Various agencies have numerous other ongoing transportation studies. This includes Gov. Andrew…

By Renee Cadzow and Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter There is great diversity in our global population and increasingly in the United States and locally. In order to best meet the health and health care needs of everyone, researchers are responsible for recruiting a diverse sample of adults and children to participate in focus groups, surveys, behavioral interventions, clini…

By Donna Evans-Deyermond This week I received a letter from the CEO of my health insurer stating, “As CEO, I have pledged to touch base with you annually.” I don’t remember that pledge, and if I had had a chance to respond at the time, I would have asked for something much different. I don’t need a letter. I have email. Nor do I need the expensive folder s…

 By Michael P. Kearns The Halloween season is upon us and a very real and scary fight against zombie homes continues. Last year, with the help of numerous representatives from state, county and local governments and the not-for-profit community, we planted 150 bank shame campaign signs all over Erie County the day before Halloween. Working together we were able to r…

By Marcia Meyer There’s no dancing around the issue. Incivility is a national epidemic. Long before this year’s raucous election cycle and the numerous flashpoints of civil unrest clipped the wings of the better angels of our nature, national opinion polls showed overwhelming majorities believe incivility is a serious issue that’s getting worse. People young…