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Without justice for all, flag is an empty symbolI am an African-American and a Vietnam veteran with two Purple Hearts. I want to say that I am not the least bit offended by the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. In fact, I am proud of them.What offends me are the killings of unarmed black men in this country by white police officers. The f…

This is what happens when Congress values politics over policy: Medicaid payments to Erie County Medical Center are about to be hacked by two-thirds because Congress failed to renew a key portion of the federal-state program by Oct. 1. The precise consequences are as yet unknown, but they will likely be paid by ECMC, which will continue to serve the poor and uninsured p…

One of the many issues plaguing the region’s industrial development agencies is the lack of transparency for what are public dollars. Evidence of this fact is starkly laid out in News staff reporter Stephen T. Watson’s recent article involving the compensation of IDA chiefs. The heads of 10 IDAs in New York State earned more than $150,000 last year. The highest p…

By Dave Bauer Do you remember as a child playing outside from sunrise to sunset? Being outdoors awakened a feeling of freedom within us during childhood. When we look around us today, we might ask, as Cat Stevens wondered in song, “Where will the children play?” The neighborhood parks, creeks, forests and other natural spaces are calling out for them. Research do…

By Mike Cardus Lots of people aspire to be their own boss. In fact, I have spent much of my professional life helping others find the building blocks to create successful businesses. In Buffalo, we see this a lot today. An influx of homegrown startups, expat entrepreneurs and small business owners are taking root in this city, armed with an idea and a vision. But too…

Compromise is essential for Congress to functionI looked at the latest approval rating for the U.S. Congress: 7 percent! Members aren’t getting anything done, and we complain. We elect members to Congress and then direct them not to compromise. “Stick to the agenda you were elected to support,” we tell them. How can they get anything done if we tell them not to compr…

An unloaded weapon will not hurt anyoneIn deference to the letter, “Guns should be locked up when owner is not home,” the referenced 20-year-old has considerably more culpability than the writer indicates. An article published in The News on Oct. 5 stated that the 20-year-old, while at the home to feed the owner’s dog, discovered an unloaded .45-caliber handgun. With…

Emergency responders stick together in crisisWhether Buffalo police or firefighters, State Police or any other suburban emergency responder, when anyone from any agency is in a life-and-death situation, it’s all for one and one for all. This has been the case at the foot of Ferry Street since a Buffalo police officer with the underwater recovery team went missing during …

Homelessness is complex, there is simply no quick fixI am writing in response to the My View, “We need to do more to help the homeless.” The writer is right. As a society, we need to do more. And often, bureaucracy and lack of coordination slow the process. But an even greater hindrance is the extreme complexity of the issue.The only thing that the writer, or any other…

Birth control coverage should be guaranteedI am outraged that the Trump administration has taken direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women, eliminating the guarantee for birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act.Birth control is not controversial. A majority of Americans support no-copay birth control, because they understand that women’s abili…

Editor’s note: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wrote this letter to Vice President Mike Pence in advance of the vice president’s visit to Buffalo Tuesday. … To Vice President Pence: Welcome to New York. Know this, when you come to our state to sell health care and tax plans as beneficial when in reality they are a direct attack on New Yorkers – we say no. The fede…

By Mike Pence In the first nine months of our administration, President Trump has taken decisive action to get the American economy moving again. We’ve slashed job-killing red tape at a record pace, unleashed American energy and put working families first with our trade policy. The results are undeniable: Businesses have created over 1 million new jobs, unemploymen…

By Linda Militello It was still dark outside when voices awakened me from the last full night’s sleep I would have for many years. My mother left work in the middle of her night shift at the Trico factory. I walked into the living room to find a man I had never even heard about and four children sitting on the couch. My mother announced, “This is your new family …