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Recent VA hospital failures should have consequencesThe story of possible infections through use of improperly cleaned scopes and deliberate reuse of syringes at the Buffalo VA Medical Center is beyond malfeasance; it’s criminal. Are there criminal statutes applicable? Were they applied at the VA? What roles can the federal attorney, New York State attorney general and E…

What happens when the well runs dry? Or, in the case of counties, cities and school districts in Western New York, what happens when the casino money runs dry? That’s what has happened after the Seneca Nation of Indians halted revenue-sharing payments from its three casinos. The solution seems simple enough: Negotiate a settlement. The state and Senecas need to schedu…

By Mary Ann Metzger The yucca stood tall, stately with pride; it takes several years for a plant such as this to produce a bloom of outstanding beauty. Then one year the tall stalk of buds finally bloomed, and with its strong spine portraying a bit of arrogance. But in the heat of a hot summer night it collapsed, bent to disrepair. It was a humbling sight and saddene…

By Kevin M. Gibas Earlier this month, President Trump broke his silence on the opioid epidemic for the first time since taking office in January. Both the president and the secretary of health and human services held press conferences acknowledging the dangers and severity of this epidemic. Later in the week the president even went as far as to declare the opioid crisis…

Everyone has the right to say what they want in this countryLet’s get one thing straight: I do not agree with what these hate groups stand for. However, they are protected by our Constitution. What in God’s name happened to freedom of speech? Does President Trump not have the right also to say what he wants?Just as all of the ignorant media, writers and various groups …

Buffalo is sadly no longer ‘City of Good Neighbors’Enough is enough, Buffalo! It’s time to consider changing the slogan “City of Good Neighbors” to something that reflects what the city is like now.After moving away for 30-plus years and returning 10 years ago, I’ve made some impartial observations as to what this city is all about today. See if you agree.Do …

Say no to proposed Teamster pension cutsAll retirees, active and non-active members of the New York State Teamsters pension fund will receive a mail ballot asking us to approve the proposed cuts by the pension fund representatives.I am a proud 30-year Teamster member and have witnessed the steady decline of this fund, as it has in the past imposed an eight-year additional …

Sheriff should be sued over jailhouse deathsIn May the New York State Commission of Correction, the state agency that regulates county jails, found that in violation of state law Sheriff Timothy Howard failed to report attempted suicides, instead calling them “inmate disturbances.” The sheriff’s staff played this word game because it claimed prisoners sometimes make …

What is it with this sheriff that his employees are so devoted to fudging the facts of life and death? Jail employees seem utterly unable – and uninterested – in honestly reporting the circumstances surrounding the deaths of inmates. The State Commission of Correction needs to get more deeply involved in making Sheriff Timothy B. Howard understand the obligations of…

Turn efforts from the 198 over to Humboldt ParkwayIf the Route 198 proposed project is rejected by the Olmsted Park Group and withdrawn by the state Department of Transportation, I’d like to know if the same federal funds can be converted to some kind of restoration to what used to be Humboldt Parkway. Such as removing one lane on either side to allow for more frontage t…

By refusing to divulge to the public the specific details about how an improperly cleaned medical scope came into contact with patients, the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center is unduly sending shock waves to hundreds of patients. How could a facility under scrutiny twice in the past five years over its procedures go down that path again? Changes must be made so th…

By Charley Bowman Like most Americans, I am watching the ramped-up war games between the U.S. and North Korea with horror, and am increasingly worried about the possibility of nuclear conflict. For those of us who lived through the Cold War, it’s a familiar and unsettling feeling. However, I’m worried about another equally alarming nuclear threat that is receivin…

By Colleen Rahill-Beuler Last month Buffalo said goodbye to an inspirational, holy, kindhearted man, Rev. Ronald Sams, SJ. Father Sams was our “family priest.” He became acquainted with my parents when he and Dad went to Canisius High School together. Family lore had it that Father Sams was Mom’s date for her Holy Angels prom (a story neither parent confirmed or d…

Democrats are hypocritical when it comes to free speechDemocrats feign protests about Russia’s supposedly hacking American elections. Yet Democrats enthusiastically embrace Russian-styled oppressions that criminalize free speech.Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer is currently co-sponsoring the bipartisan Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), which seeks to outlaw support for th…