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By Dan Schwartz I met Michael Brandys in my business communication class. The class was filled, but Michael, an older, returning student, kept emailing me, and he eventually wore me down until I force-registered him. It was one of the best moves I ever made. Most of the students in the two classes he attended were 18 to 20 years old. Whenever I would mention somethin…

Kirst column highlights O’Dell’s incredible spiritI would like to give an enthusiastic “bravo” to The News for its recent coverage of Hurricane Irma. I can appreciate Sean Kirst’s intimate reporting on the recent hurricane devastation along the Florida coastline. And more so, I was bolstered by his column about Tammy O’Dell, a Bradenton resident who is battling…

Many are unwilling to kick bad habits to benefit climateLately, we all have been hearing a lot about climate change. What really bothers me is that people (including some in Hollywood) want to address the problem but don’t offer any solutions. At least I haven’t heard of any. These are people who own huge homes that must use tons of energy to keep them cool in the summ…

Teams must add netting to make their fans saferAs reported last week, there has been yet another serious injury at a ballpark. When will common sense prevail and safety measures be taken? This news is so disturbing. How often have we all seen a gloved hand reaching up to catch a ball, while tucked beneath the other is a young child?Back 12 years ago, my granddaughter suffe…

Clinton continues to blame everyone but herself for lossHillary Clinton cannot put the 2016 presidential election behind her. Excerpts of her new book reveal that all she is doing is blaming others for her loss to President Trump. She forgets that the voters rejected her twice for president. Can’t she take a hint? Instead of self-reflection, she blames everyone for her l…

Gamblers willingly give their money to casinosI read the Sept. 22 News editorial about the ongoing debate concerning revenue sharing. The sticking point seems to be each side’s understanding of the original compact.However, I disagree with the opening salvo under the picture: “The Seneca Niagara and other casinos run by the Seneca Nation have taken hundreds of millions…

How many places in America have abused their environments worse than we did in Western New York? Some, no doubt, but the regional supply of contaminated lands, polluted waterways and diminished wildlife testifies to a calamitous past. And yet … The Buffalo River today is cleaner than it has been in generations and it’s continuing to improve. Brownfields are being…

By Bob Radliff From Canalside in Buffalo to Albany’s Corning Preserve, the Erie Canal is more than a reminder of where we came from – it’s a beacon of where we can go. At the World Canals Conference (WCC) underway in Syracuse, we are honoring the history of canals across the globe, but we’ll also be celebrating the exciting and innovative activities taking plac…

By Frank J. Dinan Recent headlines have proclaimed what seems to be an impossible situation: “Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, while human-induced carbon dioxide emissions decline.” We are left to wonder about this seeming paradox. While this headline seems contradictory, it really isn’t. To understand why, we need only to think of two familiar object…

Another reminder that major weather events also affect non-humans came in the news that the SPCA Serving Erie County plans to care for 21 dogs from an animal shelter in Florida, hit hard by Hurricane Irma. They were to be among 180 dogs getting first-class treatment aboard a Wings of Rescue flight. Some had been separated from their human families and will be cared for …

Albright-Knox Art Gallery officials, criticized over possible alterations to the landmark 1962 addition, have hired two consulting firms specializing in preservation issues. Well done. The collaboration promises to ease the worries of some critics about changes to Gordon Bunshaft’s austere addition, described by News arts critic Colin Dabkowski as “a sleek modern co…

When will county repave Maple Road as promised?In the May 1 edition of The News there was an article about the repaving of Maple Road in Amherst. The article indicated that “repaving could begin in as soon as four weeks from now on Maple Road between North Forest and Hopkins Road.” Well, as someone who drives this road daily, I can tell you this has not happened. In fa…

Don’t allow smoking on Medical CampusWe are members of Reality Check of New York, a group of teens from across the state who educate people in our communities and get them to take action to reduce the impact of tobacco.Recently, we participated in a cigarette butt pickup on Buffalo’s Medical Campus. After cleaning up cigarette butts in a park area where a yoga class me…

WASHINGTON – In September 2000, a brash Long Island congressman named Rick Lazio aggressively invaded Hillary Clinton’s space during a debate in Buffalo for the U.S. Senate and sent her on her way politically. Or so it seemed. Supported by an immense back shop, unlimited money and a strong sense of entitlement, Clinton was unstoppable. Her destiny was to become the …