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Too much is unknown about the plan for financing a new emergency room at Erie County Medical Center to proceed with it now. The concept floated by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has enough yellow flags around it that lawmakers cannot responsibly support it without first obtaining additional information. That would be true in any circumstance, but especially so,…

Homeowners in Amherst have been preparing for the worst while hoping for the best as they scan their mail for a letter from the town. The reason: 44,000 property owners in the town are receiving their new assessments. This event should not be met with dread. Maybe not glee, but certainly not dread. The town is sharing the results of its 2017 Assessment Equity Projec…

By Sean Sullivan and Thomas Kucharski Our region continues to evolve with investments in people, infrastructure and businesses. And companies are choosing to operate in Western New York – Bridgestone, Athenex, FedEx and BlackRock, among others, chose to invest in new facilities in Buffalo Niagara last year. However, as we continue to attract businesses large and sm…

By Sharon F. Cramer When first learning to read music, I asked what the phrase da capo al fine meant. I frowned when I learned it translated as “from the head to the new ending” – the composer’s way of telling musicians to return to the start of the piece and play it again until a notation showed where to stop. Repeat what had just been played? As a young per…

Critics of Obama’s travel strangely silent on TrumpI read with great interest the Feb. 17 article, “Trumps’ lifestyle is logistical nightmare,” noting how the security costs for President Trump and his family members are higher than ever before due to their worldwide business interests.The taxpayers are footing the bill for a reported $500,000 per day for Melania…

Why not use funds to help people with mental illness?A Feb. 17 editorial praised the restoration of the Richardson Complex. Beginning 140 years ago, the 11 buildings of this complex were constructed, encompassing 463,000 square feet, to provide a home for the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. The News noted that: “After the state psychiatric center moved out in the 19…

Don’t erect a cell tower near baseball diamondsI have lived the last 35 years close by the Southline Little League diamonds. My neighbors and I have willingly accepted the crowds and the noise as what a community should do to provide the experience of baseball to generations of children.However, the latest idea floated by the current board of directors is beyond understa…

New mayor could offer city a fresh perspectiveI, for one, am open to the idea that it’s time for a new mayor of Buffalo. I don’t argue there has been great progress in the development on the waterfront and downtown over the last several years. I commend Mayor Byron Brown for not getting in the way of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund and New York State’s Buff…

Require more screening for position of presidentAs part of the application process for a law enforcement job, one is subject to at least three screening tests: a physical examination, a polygraph test and a psychological examination. In some cases, other screening tests might be required. This pre-employment screening is done because, as a law enforcement officer, you may …

Further testing needed to deem GMOs as ‘safe’The Another Voice column, “Fight against GMOs in schools a waste of time,” was a tissue of irrelevancies, half-truths at best and outright falsehoods.Julianna LeMieux wrote: “There are no known negative health effects.” Both the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Britain’s Royal Society, in their reviews of GMOs…

By Robin Schimminger Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal for increasing access to one sector of higher education has received much publicity. While his “free tuition” proposal would help some students better afford higher education, others could be hurt by another of his proposals to eliminate financial aid for students at independent schools forced to increase tuitio…

By Sara Hilligas There are times throughout history that force us as citizens to decide what we believe and what we stand for. In these moments it is difficult for us to determine how to act or what to do. Do we stand by as innocent observers and continue to do the best we can in our own corner of the world? Do we stand up and protest and get our voices heard? Or do we …

Photographers need to respect wildlifeI started photographing at Tifft Farm last fall and continue to do so. I have witnessed firsthand photographers chasing barred owls and red tailed hawks all over the refuge. They will actually run after the birds after they fly off. They either don’t realize that they are stressing the birds or have no respect for the animals they ar…

Install solar canopies over charging stationsThe price of electric cars continues to decrease. The number of additional models offered by auto dealers and travel range of electric cars increases each year. With a need for infrastructure to support the increasing numbers of electric vehicles for long-range travel, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to install an additional 69 charg…

Trump won the election, but all of us will be losersCurrent opinions being sent in by President Trump’s supporters have all carried the same disturbing ideology. The gist is, “ha-ha, we won.” Congratulations. However, that does not mean I do not get to speak or protest what I see as a disaster.Since Trump took office, he has lied daily; written dozens of executive or…