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Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger says he wakes up thinking about the Huntley Power Generating Station. He should keep his mind trained on that task. It may take near-obsession to devise a viable use for the 93-acre site on River Road. That’s fine. Figuring out what comes next is an imperative for communities that relied on Huntley, which NRG Energy clos…

Democrats and Republicans differ on many issues, but one on which there is broad agreement is ensuring that water systems are adequate and functioning. It’s a fundamental responsibility of government and one that New York is meeting in bipartisan fashion. Washington needs to take a lesson. Few places around the state need this project more than Western New York does. …

By Pat Webdale It was a great birthday. I am loved. I can tell you that. I was really looking forward to this birthday – my 75th. I wasn’t thinking about getting things, but rather that my whole life had been a gift to me. I felt like a matriarch. Wife, mother of six, grandmother of 10, great-grandmother. I had a good family of origin and a large extended family.…

By Ted Okon For a professor of pharmaceutical ethics, John Jones’ recent Another Voice column, “Blame drugmakers for high-priced drugs,” is a disappointing example of the kind of ethical blindness that has left our health care system with the problem of insanely high drug costs. There is no doubt that drugmakers share the blame for high drug prices. But they are …

We should all be able to share our opinionsIt is hard to sit in a room when you are being attacked for thinking a certain way. Not being attacked in the sense that you are called out and chastised in front of everyone. But attacked in a way that you are the only one who knows you are being attacked. And if you attempt to engage in a conversation, most will dismiss you.Bein…

Citizens’ wishes have been ignored yet againWell, here we go again. The majority of people in every poll favor the Central Terminal, however, it’s been decided that the new train station will be put downtown, possibly under a Thruway bridge. Classy for sure.A SUNY Buffalo State transportation engineer says people “don’t want to be left off in the middle of nowhere.…

ECMC should be allowed to keep all of the moneyRecently, the Erie County Legislature voted to authorize Erie County Medical Center to borrow up to $120 million through the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority. ECMC needs the funding in order to build a new Emergency Department and make additional capital upgrades to its main campus. While every single member of the Legis…

Keep your children off of riding lawn mowersWe have had public service announcements regarding bike helmets and, more recently, warnings involving opioid abuse. And now I feel obligated to speak out on the subject of child safety during lawn mowing season. Taking your child for a ride on the riding mower seems to be a harmless, fun thing to do. You will hold on to him tigh…

We need to get creative to revive the East SideI do not know the effect the decision not to revive the Central Terminal as an Amtrak station will have on the hopes many Buffalonians have to see that building restored. Its fate, unsurprisingly, parallels the fate of Buffalo’s East Side.I cannot foresee a successful revival of the Central Terminal by itself. The recently d…

We need to get creative to revive the East SideI do not know the effect the decision not to revive the Central Terminal as an Amtrak station will have on the hopes many Buffalonians have to see that building restored. Its fate, unsurprisingly, parallels the fate of Buffalo’s East Side.I cannot foresee a successful revival of the Central Terminal by itself. The recently d…

The Buffalo School District settled one long-running problem last year when it reached a contract agreement with teachers. But that agreement only deepened the district’s financial difficulties. The $10.2 million budget gap for the coming year balloons in the next two years, creating a total $116 million deficit if new money isn’t found or expenses aren’t reduced. …

Consider constituents in train station debateAmid the constant debate about the new Amtrak station, it seems that the discussion is mainly about visitors to Buffalo and what would be best for them. No one seems to mention the residents of Western New York who take the trains daily. I have taken the train across the state many times. My grandsons travel back and forth to co…

Amherst IDA should reject doctors’ plea for tax breaksIf you listen carefully on Friday, you likely will hear a loud sucking noise emanating from the office of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. This will be the sound of approximately $992,000 of our tax dollars being sucked from the wallets of individual private citizens into the wallets of two doctors, the Shat…