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By Barbara A. Seals Nevergold On Sept. 20, the Buffalo Board of Education passed a resolution seeking a state moratorium on the approval of new charters for the district. Charter school supporters have responded predictably to the board’s action by alleging that the resolution is an attempt to limit parental choice, a “misguided attack” on the charter system (pres…

By Todd Ambs Over the last decade, Buffalo has been at the center of efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes. This week, more than 300 advocates for the lakes will be here to discuss the successes and challenges in protecting a resource that more than 30 million people depend on for drinking water. The successes are many. Over the last eight years, the federal…

By Dave Bauer Do you remember as a child playing outside from sunrise to sunset? Being outdoors awakened a feeling of freedom within us during childhood. When we look around us today, we might ask, as Cat Stevens wondered in song, “Where will the children play?” The neighborhood parks, creeks, forests and other natural spaces are calling out for them. Research do…

By Peter Stuhlmiller Why is it so hard to get out of our own way? Over 10 years ago, business avatar Patrick Lencioni published his highly regarded fable, “Silos, Politics and Turf Wars.” Stakeholders in the Town of Tonawanda have applied his theme to improving quality-of-life issues in our community. Various stakeholder groups broke down traditional silos of sel…

By Paul McQuillen I read Rep. Chris Collins’ tweet after the latest and largest (not last) mass shooting in the long history of American gun violence. Collins tweeted, “Devastated to learn about the tragedy in Las Vegas. My thoughts and prayers and (sic) with the victims and their families.” Well, congressman, your thoughts and prayers are not enough. They are…

By Chris Jacobs This November voters have the power to hold our elected officials to a higher standard of ethics and accountability by voting “yes” on Proposition 2 on Election Day. New York State leads the nation in the number of corrupt public officials. Over the last decade, more than 30 current and former state officeholders have been convicted, sanctioned or a…

By Fuad Sheriff The alarming decline in the number of primary care physicians in the U.S. and New York State hit home recently with news that Lifetime Health Medical Group, an affiliate of Univera Healthcare, is closing its three Western New York health centers, due largely to physician recruitment problems. The Association of American Medical Colleges projects a sho…

By Randy Mastro On Nov. 7, for the first time in 20 years, New Yorkers have the opportunity to break free from the gridlock of Albany and bring about meaningful reforms to state government that have stalled for years under the governor and the State Legislature. This year’s election brings with it the question of a state constitutional convention and by voting “yes,…

By Bob Richardson There is plenty of buzz surrounding Amazon’s search for a second headquarters and the thousands of jobs that come with it. Admittedly, it’s a long shot, since countless U.S. and Canadian cities are also in pursuit of what would be an economic grand slam. While swinging for the fences makes headlines, when it comes to economic development, Buffalo …

By Brian Kersten Pharmacists are consistently rated among the most honest and ethical professionals in the United States. This reputation is built on the hard work and dedication of community pharmacists, often seen in local chain and independent pharmacies. Since Oct. 15 to 21 is National Pharmacy Week, I would like to highlight the function of pharmacists in a diff…

By Stephen J. Acquario The renaissance of Buffalo’s waterfront is an ideal example of how important it is to preserve and adapt our natural resources if New York State is to thrive. Focused investments and resources have helped Buffalo transform from a post-industrial to an innovation hub and an emerging tourist destination. Unfortunately, New Yorkers on the other …

By Fred M. Jacobs New York is home to three of the country’s 20 best hospitals, according to a new analysis from U.S. News. International medical schools often send third- and fourth-year students to these institutions to gain hands-on experience. That’s miffed many administrators at New York medical schools. They worry that students educated abroad take opportun…

By Richard Steinberg The World Health Organization reported in 2012 that approximately 7 million people died – 1 in 8 of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save mill…

By Adam Morey If our elected representatives are truly serious about updating the state’s aging infrastructure, they will need to provide the proper funding – and commit to spending that money wisely. To do that, they must also modernize New York’s archaic construction liability statute, commonly known as the Scaffold Law. Under the law, courts hold contractors…

By Brian J. Seifert It was Mark Twain who once famously quipped that “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Rumors about the demise of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School also fall into the same category. Bishop Timon has a long history in South Buffalo and the Western New York community. Opened in 1946 and named after Buffalo’s first bishop, the scho…