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How Can You Not Smile, Part I: Here’s policing that makes a difference. When Officer Patrick McDonald finished with a call, he noticed a group of children playing football on a Buffalo street. He approached the youngsters not with threats or intimidation, but with an offer to join in, which he did, even joking about being “robbed.” With that, he made friends of ki…

Can we be serious now? With Sen. John McCain delivering the fatal blow to the Senate’s final-for-now effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act early Friday, perhaps Senate Republicans can now do what Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently suggested, though in the form of a threat: negotiate with Democrats. That appears to be what the country wants. It’s what Min…

WASHINGTON – Two words lately lost on many Republicans in Congress are disinterest and generosity, particularly in the way their behavior impacts health care policy. “Disinterest” is an old-fashioned word, meaning impartiality. It can also mean “stewardship,” a 19th century Revivalist term, meaning the responsibility of the more fortunate to provide for the le…

By Jim Schultz My wife and I recently visited Poland and learned a little about its politics and people. The far right government rules with a heavy hand, while the U.S. treats the Polish government as a great democracy. Even Buffalo has unwittingly inviting Polish government officials to visit and to honor them. During the last 18 months, many essential Polish democ…

By Howard Wolf My small garden is a retreat from a world that sometimes seems out of control, untended. It’s neither as grand as Versailles nor as exquisitely trimmed as a 300-year-old bonsai, but it is an expression of my sensibility and related to one of my other passions: writing. Both gardening and writing require labor, and neither becomes aesthetically pleasi…

Letter writer skillfully captures president’s flawsI read Everybody’s Column daily. Even been fortunate enough to have had a few of my own appear in the column. But I have never read one that so completely covers Trump’s dysfunctional administration failings as the July 24 letter, “Trump supporters are being unrealistic about results.”The letter is a masterpiece …

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has floated a proposal for simultaneously reconfiguring the Scajaquada Expressway and reducing the division between the north and south portions of Delaware Park. The approach raises some important questions, but deserves serious consideration among the alternatives. The idea is to capitalize on the state’s plan to downgrade the S…

Trump Jr. may be guilty of colluding with RussiansIn order to determine if the recent news on the secret meeting of Donald Trump Jr. with people from Russia and the issue of being guilty of collusion, we need to determine the definition of “collusion.”The main aspect is that collusion is a secret meeting between two or more people to obtain something that is prohibited…

Obama should be viewed as one of history’s greatsI was so pleased when our country acted in concert to elect our first African-American president. I thought we had entered a new phase in the life of our country. Everything I saw and heard from former President Barack Obama told me that the innate wisdom of our people had once more fulfilled the promise of our great socie…

Health insurance companies could aid patient interactionI am writing in regards to a July 26 Another Voice by Greg Slabodkin, of Niagara Falls, managing editor of the online trade publication Health Data Management, concerned about the use of electronic data system computers by physicians during patient encounters.I agree with Slabodkin that “there has to be a better way…

Elmwood Village variances go against the Green CodeI have lived in the Elmwood Village for the past 44 years and was very active, many years ago, on the Elmwood Avenue moratorium committee. I am extremely disappointed about the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues. Many people spent many hours working on the Green Code and now, so shortly afterwards, the Zoning Board of Ap…

In the grand scheme of local politics, this year’s trio of countywide races is not exactly fanning voter passions. You won’t hear much water cooler debate over the county clerk, or even comptroller or sheriff – with all due respect to the honorable officeholders and their challengers. Still, much is riding on these campaigns this year, as well as with several s…

By Doug Routt   At our summer cabin on a lake in northern Minnesota, breakfast was always a good time. Some of the family would come in groggy and sleepy, moan and groan a little, but after coffee or orange juice the crowd would always lighten up and a lively conversation would ensue. We would plan the day and figure out what chores needed to be accomplished.…