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By Heather Leibowitz Imagine capturing all of the solar energy that beats down on Buffalo’s rooftops every day. We could power our homes, schools, offices and even our cars, buses and trains with clean and virtually limitless sunshine. Local leaders in Buffalo and other New York cities can help all of us lead a major transition to renewable energy – a boon to the…

It is one thing to be in favor of the free market, but what the Canadians are doing to artificially depress the price of milk is quite a different matter. The result is harmful to this nation’s farmers and, more specifically, Western New York. This risks harming long-standing friendly relations with our Canadian neighbor. There should be some diplomatic approach to re…

WASHINGTON – To paraphrase a line from an old debate, “I knew Jack Kemp. Jack was a friend of mine. And Donald Trump, you’re no Jack Kemp.” Partisans of President Trump’s tax cut plan – they call it the biggest tax cut plan in the history of the whole world – are comparing it with the 1981 tax bill co-sponsored by the late, revered Rep. Jack Kemp, a Republ…

Updates on the politics of 2017: • Ever since he began exploring a mayoral candidacy more than a year ago, Mark Schroeder has struggled to outline any clear path to the big office on City Hall’s second floor. Not that the Buffalo comptroller recognizes a problem. He insists that emphasizing neighborhoods over downtown will lead to a Democratic primary victory a…

By Cindy Skrzycki SPECIAL TO THE NEWS The sad but unavoidable truth of our time is that media illiteracy – the inability to discern real news from the fake – is rampant. But what is even more troubling is that the importance of news has fallen so far so rapidly, except perhaps in elite circles, that most people cannot tell the difference between a cooked-up story s…

By Frank J. Dinan SPECIAL TO THE NEWS In the mid-1930s, IG Farben, then the world’s leading chemical conglomerate, sought to develop phosphorus-based insecticides that would be lethal to insects but harmless to humans. What this research program led to was a long way from that intention – it resulted in the development of the most lethal chemicals then known, nerve…

By Kevin Gaughan SPECIAL TO THE NEWS As she lifted me onto her lap and held me close, I could feel on my back my mother’s blouse, damp from the night’s ritual of bathing several of her seven children. Safety pins that she fastened all over her blouse – for ease of access while changing diapers – pinched a bit, making me squirm. But the moment Nat King Cole’s …

Let’s move to center, seek common groundWith President Trump’s 100 days in office and its many disappointments, I’ve pondered my role as a power of one. I am on a resist Trump communication network and dutifully write letters to support climate change, building bridges instead of walls and maintaining our nation as a refuge for immigrants. I am a founder of a not-for…

Canadian health system is a sound model for U.S.My mother died of lung cancer at 76 after decades of smoking. When she became very ill during conventional treatments, she asked my wife to be there with her.At my mother’s visit to the doctor, he explained that she likely had only weeks left, maybe two months at most, if she was lucky. He then mentioned that there was an e…

Waterfront high-rise poses big risk to migratory birdsThe fate of the proposed 22-story tower on Buffalo’s waterfront will soon be decided in a court of justice. But will justice be served?Last year, the developer became well-informed of the negative impact the structure could have on some of the thousands of migratory birds that follow Lake Erie’s shoreline to their v…

Many workers have benefited from Seneca Nation projectsRegardless of the recent developments between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State, what I can personally attest to is the economic benefit the Seneca Nation has had for all of Western New York.For 14 years, the Seneca Nation has constructed numerous buildings, such as the Seneca Niagara, Buffalo Creek and S…

Obama should decline high-paid offers to speakFormer President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 at a conference organized by Cantor Fitzgerald LP. The organizer is involved in the worldwide marketing of U.S. government securities and works closely with the Federal Reserve. I’m sure that Obama will be a fascinating speaker.Harry Truman, after leaving the presidency, was…

Apology should include playing of Polish musicMost Polish-Americans grew up hearing maligning insults from sideliner peers and adults. For us it was never humor; neither was Morning Bull’s Dyngus Day harassment. This taunting causes young Pol-Ams to deal with shame, according to Notre Dame sociologist Leonard Chrobot. Many of their U.S. elders conceal their identities.…

Brave people of Poland do not deserve ridiculeAlthough I didn’t listen, a local radio station invited listeners to call in Polish jokes on Dyngus Day. That act is not just insensitive but shows ignorance.In 1939, Poland was under attack not only by the Germans from the west but the Russians from the east. Total occupation occurred shortly thereafter and with it came extr…

First 100 days were worse than expectedPresident Trump’s 100th day in office, his so-called honeymoon period, is over. During this time, the country has listened, almost daily, to half-truths and complete fabrications emanating from him. Certainty regarding people or events has changed 180 degrees from one day to the next, straining believability.His narcissism finds no …