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New York State farmers face more pressure than ever and state and federal leaders have the ability to do something about it. One relatively easy way to help farmers is for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislators to include the New York Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit bill in the final state budget. The bill gives New York farmers a refundable tax credit up to $5,000 …

By Lynn Magdol I recently observed an anniversary and it got me thinking. No, this one was not a wedding anniversary. It was the date on which I retired from work. Like a marriage, though, this transition has also involved changes in roles, identities and activities. Unlike a wedding ceremony, an event that occurs on a single date, the adjustment to retirement has stret…

By Emma Fabian Proposed cuts to Medicaid that will be voted on this month by our elected representatives contradict what we know about public health and curbing epidemics. We are plagued by an opioid overdose epidemic in this country that is particularly catastrophic in Western New York. It would only be made worse by cutting the means our residents use to obtain care f…

Lawmakers should walk in their constituents’ shoesThe recent power outage hit home for many of us who were without heat for a few days. Poor us! And now our politicians are proposing to take heat away from those who can’t afford it.As Mitch Albom noted in Sunday’s op-ed column, “What we struggle to do without for days is what people elsewhere do without for a lifet…

Did article on Mafia have to run on St. Joseph’s Day?The article, “The Mafia is all but dead in Western New York. So what killed it?” appearing in The News on March 19 was upsetting, to say the least. I am sure it was purely coincidental that the article was published on the front page of The News on St. Joseph’s Day – a beloved, meaningful feast lovingly celebra…

Regulate e-cigarettes to protect public healthOver the past 16 years, rates of cigarette smoking have dropped dramatically in high school students, going from over 27 percent in 2000 to under 5 percent presently. Unfortunately, something new is on the horizon that is challenging this continued drop in tobacco usage: electronic cigarettes.Use of e-cigarettes in high school …

Schumer, Obama pointed ‘dagger’ at us, not TrumpA recent declaration from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding Buffalo’s Metro Rail: “President Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate a key transit funding program and points a ‘dagger’ at the possibility of extending Buffalo’s Metro Rail to Amherst.”Hey, Sen. Schumer, how about pointing your lit…

Canalside could have offered something for NCAA visitorsMuch has been made of the changes in our city since the last time Buffalo hosted the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The “New Buffalo” is something that residents of Western New York know and have experienced. The changes and new energy in the city have been positive and in many cases quite dramatic. But befor…

Health care bill will reduce coverage and hurt childrenAs pediatricians, we see firsthand the impact of affordable health care coverage for children. Health insurance enables children and their families to receive regular preventive care and sick care when they need it. Research shows that children with health insurance are healthier, more likely to attend school, and beco…

Robert Wilmers, the chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, is known as a sensible man on subjects regarding his profession, including the role of government regulation. So it’s worth paying attention to his observations about Washington’s broadly drawn oversight of the nation’s banks. His point, repeatedly made, is that regulations that make sense for megabanks are pun…

By Norb Rug Dictionary.com defines a family as any group of persons closely related by blood. This would include parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. But I disagree. While all of these people would be thought of as family, there is much more to being in a family than just blood. Family to me is made up of those people with wh…

Disregard for science puts us all in dangerAt a time when chaos reigns, when lies and contradictions are easily accepted, and when the skill most prized is the ability to muddle and to obscure, it is refreshing and hopeful to know that there are folks around who really do know what they are talking about.Among these are Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and Bernie Sanders, all…

Eliminating literacy test for teachers is a mistakeRegarding the New York State Regents eliminating a requirement that aspiring teachers must pass a literacy test, it is very disheartening to see that even at the Regents level, teacher welfare and political correctness have higher priority than kids learning. To whom are they being “fair”?Illiterate teachers! If a bach…

Why don’t the Democrats practice what they preach?Some random thoughts on the idea that the political climate in this country is getting scarier by the day.The Democratic Party likes to represent itself as the party of diversity and tolerance. Yet we see recently that when a college or university invites a conservative speaker to the campus, the liberal left-wingers’ p…