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By Gordon Connally The Sierra Club deliberately refers to the material underlying West Valley as “soil” to make it sound vulnerable. Scientists reserve that term for the uppermost zone that supports life. Geologically the subsurface at West Valley is subglacial meltout till with very, very low porosity. Any spill would seep underground at an exceptionally low rate, faci…

By Dennis C. Vacco Article 10, a state statute enacted in 2011 was created to centralize the decision-making process regarding the siting of large alternative energy projects. The law was designed to create the illusion that local governments would still have a voice in decisions which would affect land usage in their towns. Unfortunately, the Article 10 siting process …

By Jo K. Nasoff-Finton In her May 3 article “NY state gives condo owners millions in property tax breaks; the rest of us pay for it” Michelle Breidenbach focused on unwarranted and costly property tax breaks enjoyed by “patio home” owners in New York. The proliferation of such homes throughout Western New York – and in Amherst in particular – has been going on at least …

By Larry Zielinski At the University at Buffalo School of Management, one of the courses I teach is innovation in health care. An underlying theme I try to relay to students, based on the experiences of innovators from many different industries, is that the best innovations are those that take complex, costly products and services to broader markets by making them sim…

By Rick Johnson With little fanfare, we again bid a fond adieu to last month’s Earth and Arbor Days. Yes, some of us may have participated in shoreline cleanups, and undoubtedly trees were planted in commemoration, but the health and well-being of our fragile environment doesn’t seem to be the quite the priority it had once been. Our collective attentions are inevitably…

By Melanie Blow Cries for justice after a child is murdered may satisfy, but they don’t protect children. Ethan Bigham deserved a different kind of justice long before he was living with eight other people in a trailer in Marilla. The time to protect children is before the abuse and trauma start. Before there are CPS investigations and trials. Before we point fingers…

By Tanner Schmidt In late April, the Erie County Legislature, in a vote along party lines, passed Local Law 4-1 to close what they deemed to be a “loophole” in their apprenticeship law. Unfortunately, for the residents in Erie County, the ill-informed and misguided members of the Democratic majority chose to dramatically increase the cost of public construction at a tim…

By Genevieve Rados On Tuesday, the New York Commissioner of Labor held a hearing in Buffalo on whether New York should eliminate the “tip credit,” which allows employers to pay tipped workers a lower minimum wage if they make up the difference in tips. In New York, tipped workers only make $7.50 per hour. The regular minimum wage in upstate New York is $10.40, which sti…

By Lauren Kuwik My mother will tell you that my medical career started in the school nurse's office. Whenever I had free time I would saunter down the hall, diligently helping Mrs. Curtin pass out Band-Aids and ice packs. Fast forward a few decades and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In kindergarten, my daughter had bimonthly visits to Nurse Pam. She, too, …

By Emma Fabian On May 3, 2018, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made an announcement that people all over the state should listen to. He pledged support for a research study that involves implementing a handful of safer consumption space (SCS) pilot programs. Innovative initiatives such as this have the potential to lead us out of the unprecedented overdose crisis t…

By Paula Hinz The Japanese Garden in Delaware Park is the destination this week for photographing clouds of pink and white cherry blossoms, framed by the classic marble architecture of the Buffalo History Museum. Our cherry tree grove is a destination for photographers, picnickers and the cherry blossom pilgrims. The whole City of Buffalo could be a spring destinatio…

By Marty J. Walters Rod Watson’s call for greater transparency in WNY government agencies hits home. My company suffers from lack of access to timely contact information on taxpayer funded projects overseen by Empire State Development (ESD). When I requests design team contact information for ESD projects, an ESD staff member generally responds that ESD will forwa…

By R. Buford Sears May 2018 is National Small Business Month, a time to recognize small businesses, their impact on American culture and economy, and honor the amazing people who run them. Here’s a saying you’ve surely heard before: Small business is the backbone of our economy. While it sounds cliché, it’s very true. Small businesses, which are defined as businesses…

By Linda Dynel When people see my 15-year-old son for the first time, sometimes they do a double-take. He’s a great big kid, nearly six feet tall with broad shoulders and dark red hair that hangs well past his shoulders. He’s been growing his hair out for almost a year and a half. At first, he just wanted a change from the crew cut style he’d always worn. But the longer…

By Addie A.E. Jenne I read with interest Jim Powers' Another Voice column about legislation I have advanced to protect the integrity of the training operations based out of Fort Drum. As a member of the state Assembly's Energy Committee, I share Powers' belief that renewable energy projects are critically important to meeting our state's future energy needs. I also u…