By Barack Obama In the final weeks of my administration, we are as focused as ever on a promise I made in my inaugural address: putting American ingenuity to work to help Americans live healthier lives. In honoring this promise I remain committed to addressing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, a crisis that is taking a devastating toll on far too many familie…

By Chris Candelaria In June of 2014, first lady Michelle Obama issued a unique challenge to cities across the United States. This was called the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. As a veteran myself, I couldn’t have been more proud of such an initiative. At the same time I was so skeptical of the possibility of ending veteran homelessness. Many mayors a…

One company is struggling to keep its head above the fast-moving current pulling down an industry; the source of another’s problems is less clear. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is determining whether to claw back the tax breaks of one or both. The ECIDA allows clawbacks “if a company fails to come within 80 percent of its job creation or investment p…

It’s so real and so pervasive that it has a name, one that already rings disturbingly familiar: fake news. It’s the production and dissemination of false information meant to influence the direction of American life by deluding anyone unsuspecting enough to swallow it. Social media was drowning in fake news during this presidential election, often aimed at undermini…

Michael James “Jim” Delligatti looked like a man who might enjoy a Big Mac. And so he should have. Delligatti invented the McDonald’s signature sandwich more than 50 years ago. On Monday, the round-faced Delligatti died at his home in Pittsburgh. His son said Delligatti had eaten at least one of the 540-calorie bombs every week, and for those who say he risked his…

By Terry Jarrett As the recent election cycle demonstrated, American politics is beset with a number of polarizing issues. Among the most obvious has been the debate over coal. Where Hillary Clinton favored renewable energy at the expense of the coal industry, Donald Trump has promised to launch a coal renaissance. This “either/or” schism overlooks a larger point, t…

WASHINGTON – It’s early in the process, and one can place too much emphasis on a single phone call, but we need to be hopeful about the new presidency. (Republican Donald Trump will be the next president unless something changes when the Electoral College votes are counted Dec. 19.) The call was from President-elect Trump to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the incoming Sen…

By Camille Curro Baier There’s a box in my basement. It’s tan with red and black print, and a big hole in the middle. The box is quite old, but still useful. It holds my Christmas stable along with all the required angels, people and animals. The stable predates me. The box does not. I remember when we got it. At Sears Roebuck, with my Dad, buying seat covers…

Burning American flag ought to be a hate crimeI’m certainly not qualified to be a Supreme Court judge, but I have to disagree with the jurists in one respect. They say it’s a right to burn the flag as an expression of free speech, but in my opinion I would consider it a hate crime because the flag represents something the burners hate. Why do foreigners do it? Because …

We’re raising a generation of self-entitled complainersI can’t believe how out of touch our far left institutions of higher learning (I use that term very loosely) have become in teaching our kids on how not to prepare themselves for the real world. Students at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., were not happy with the results of the election. They demanded that our …

Collins is shortsighted regarding clean powerSo Rep. Chris Collins wants to stop the Western New York wind farm. What a surprise! His plan is to eliminate the tax credits that help drive this environmentally friendly source of power. Collins fails to mention that his pals at Big Oil and the coal industry have been smothered with tax credits, helpful government infrastructu…

High teacher absenteeism derails students’ progressOn Nov. 30, The News reported that 36.8 percent of Buffalo teachers miss more than 18 days of school per year whereas in Indianapolis, only 3.1 percent miss that many days. How is this possible? Teachers are to be a model for the students. How does student attendance compare for the two school districts? Having substitut…

Repealing Obamacare is going to hurt millionsIt’s as plain as the nose on your face: Republicans want to erase all traces of Barack Obama’s presidency. But in trying to do this, they will hurt millions of people who have health insurance for the first time. Obamacare is the most meaningful program since Medicare and Medicaid. Republicans have never passed any legislati…