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Jim and Mary Ann Sandoro’s passion for amassing Western New York memorabilia long ago turned the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum into a must-see for visitors and residents alike. And now they have added another important piece to that collection, this one featuring bicycles made between the 1860s and 1920s, with a focus on models connected to Western New York.…

By Jolie Milstein and Byron W. Brown There are few things more important to residents than access to quality, affordable housing. When low- and middle-income families can afford their homes, it provides financial relief for other essentials. Housing is one of the foundations for achieving positive growth across our communities. Buffalo, like the rest of the state, is…

Western New York lost another memorable personality when former District Attorney Frank J. Clark III died Friday evening in Buffalo General Medical Center. Clark was 74 and had been in declining health in recent months battling lupus and kidney disease. While it may sound trite, this is true: Clark was one of a kind. He was brash. He was bold. He was unafraid to say wh…

By Dan Schwartz I met Michael Brandys in my business communication class. The class was filled, but Michael, an older, returning student, kept emailing me, and he eventually wore me down until I force-registered him. It was one of the best moves I ever made. Most of the students in the two classes he attended were 18 to 20 years old. Whenever I would mention somethin…

Kirst column highlights O’Dell’s incredible spiritI would like to give an enthusiastic “bravo” to The News for its recent coverage of Hurricane Irma. I can appreciate Sean Kirst’s intimate reporting on the recent hurricane devastation along the Florida coastline. And more so, I was bolstered by his column about Tammy O’Dell, a Bradenton resident who is battling…

Many are unwilling to kick bad habits to benefit climateLately, we all have been hearing a lot about climate change. What really bothers me is that people (including some in Hollywood) want to address the problem but don’t offer any solutions. At least I haven’t heard of any. These are people who own huge homes that must use tons of energy to keep them cool in the summ…

Teams must add netting to make their fans saferAs reported last week, there has been yet another serious injury at a ballpark. When will common sense prevail and safety measures be taken? This news is so disturbing. How often have we all seen a gloved hand reaching up to catch a ball, while tucked beneath the other is a young child?Back 12 years ago, my granddaughter suffe…

Clinton continues to blame everyone but herself for lossHillary Clinton cannot put the 2016 presidential election behind her. Excerpts of her new book reveal that all she is doing is blaming others for her loss to President Trump. She forgets that the voters rejected her twice for president. Can’t she take a hint? Instead of self-reflection, she blames everyone for her l…

Gamblers willingly give their money to casinosI read the Sept. 22 News editorial about the ongoing debate concerning revenue sharing. The sticking point seems to be each side’s understanding of the original compact.However, I disagree with the opening salvo under the picture: “The Seneca Niagara and other casinos run by the Seneca Nation have taken hundreds of millions…

How many places in America have abused their environments worse than we did in Western New York? Some, no doubt, but the regional supply of contaminated lands, polluted waterways and diminished wildlife testifies to a calamitous past. And yet … The Buffalo River today is cleaner than it has been in generations and it’s continuing to improve. Brownfields are being…

By Bob Radliff From Canalside in Buffalo to Albany’s Corning Preserve, the Erie Canal is more than a reminder of where we came from – it’s a beacon of where we can go. At the World Canals Conference (WCC) underway in Syracuse, we are honoring the history of canals across the globe, but we’ll also be celebrating the exciting and innovative activities taking plac…

By Frank J. Dinan Recent headlines have proclaimed what seems to be an impossible situation: “Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, while human-induced carbon dioxide emissions decline.” We are left to wonder about this seeming paradox. While this headline seems contradictory, it really isn’t. To understand why, we need only to think of two familiar object…

Another reminder that major weather events also affect non-humans came in the news that the SPCA Serving Erie County plans to care for 21 dogs from an animal shelter in Florida, hit hard by Hurricane Irma. They were to be among 180 dogs getting first-class treatment aboard a Wings of Rescue flight. Some had been separated from their human families and will be cared for …

Albright-Knox Art Gallery officials, criticized over possible alterations to the landmark 1962 addition, have hired two consulting firms specializing in preservation issues. Well done. The collaboration promises to ease the worries of some critics about changes to Gordon Bunshaft’s austere addition, described by News arts critic Colin Dabkowski as “a sleek modern co…