By John S. Szalasny “The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit fraud,”  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said during his press briefing earlier this year regarding the state’s investigation into charges ExxonMobil knowingly deceived the public and shareholders about climate change. Proving that the company defrauded shareholders by with…

Now that the Town of Evans taxpayers are on the hook for a deep double-digit tax increase because of the entrenched financial ineptitude of past elected officials, they may want to demand greater transparency and accountability. The town has run out of money and local taxpayers will be the ones picking up a bill that, had sound management practices been in play all thes…

By Alex Lazarus-Klein The first advice my father-in-law gave me when we were looking to buy a house was: Don’t just look at the house, also meet your potential neighbors. How right he was. Good neighbors can make all the difference. When my wife and I were moving to Buffalo, we had exactly one day to look for houses. We started early in the morning and we went on s…

In his campaign for president, Donald Trump pledged retribution to Carrier, the air conditioning and heating giant that was planning to move 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico. In the end, he and Vice President-elect Mike Pence – the governor of Indiana – used a traditional combination of carrots and sticks to save about half those jobs: They bought them with the kind …

By Barack Obama In the final weeks of my administration, we are as focused as ever on a promise I made in my inaugural address: putting American ingenuity to work to help Americans live healthier lives. In honoring this promise I remain committed to addressing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, a crisis that is taking a devastating toll on far too many familie…

By Chris Candelaria In June of 2014, first lady Michelle Obama issued a unique challenge to cities across the United States. This was called the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. As a veteran myself, I couldn’t have been more proud of such an initiative. At the same time I was so skeptical of the possibility of ending veteran homelessness. Many mayors a…

One company is struggling to keep its head above the fast-moving current pulling down an industry; the source of another’s problems is less clear. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is determining whether to claw back the tax breaks of one or both. The ECIDA allows clawbacks “if a company fails to come within 80 percent of its job creation or investment p…

It’s so real and so pervasive that it has a name, one that already rings disturbingly familiar: fake news. It’s the production and dissemination of false information meant to influence the direction of American life by deluding anyone unsuspecting enough to swallow it. Social media was drowning in fake news during this presidential election, often aimed at undermini…

Michael James “Jim” Delligatti looked like a man who might enjoy a Big Mac. And so he should have. Delligatti invented the McDonald’s signature sandwich more than 50 years ago. On Monday, the round-faced Delligatti died at his home in Pittsburgh. His son said Delligatti had eaten at least one of the 540-calorie bombs every week, and for those who say he risked his…

By Terry Jarrett As the recent election cycle demonstrated, American politics is beset with a number of polarizing issues. Among the most obvious has been the debate over coal. Where Hillary Clinton favored renewable energy at the expense of the coal industry, Donald Trump has promised to launch a coal renaissance. This “either/or” schism overlooks a larger point, t…

WASHINGTON – It’s early in the process, and one can place too much emphasis on a single phone call, but we need to be hopeful about the new presidency. (Republican Donald Trump will be the next president unless something changes when the Electoral College votes are counted Dec. 19.) The call was from President-elect Trump to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the incoming Sen…