Metro Rail extension to Amherst – or anywhere, really – has always seemed more fantasy than possibility. Because of the city’s resurgence and a governor committed to building on it, it might very well get done. Now, more than in decades, there is a sense of hope in Western New York. New jobs in clean energy are coming online where steel mills once stood. The finan…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $10 million commitment to the Darwin Martin House and Graycliff is an acknowledgement of something Western New Yorkers have come to appreciate since Frank Lloyd Wright set his sights on this area more than a century ago: the architectural wonders he created are worth investing in. The governor wants to finish restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’…

By Tom Sugar Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new plan to make college more affordable for middle- and low-income New Yorkers is commendable, but it doesn’t go far enough in solving the more pressing challenge in higher education: When students get to college, far too few actually complete their degrees. To get the greatest bang for the state’s buck, the governor should be …

By Judith Geer My husband and I love going to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the picturesque little town in Ontario, just across the Niagara River from Youngstown. As soon as we get there and park the car, Charlie will say, “Let’s go look at the lake.” It usually looks the same every time, depending on the season of the year, of course, but somehow viewing the juncture w…

Young snow shoveler was an angel of mercyI’m an 84-year-old senior. I mention my age so you can appreciate this angel of mercy. After a recent snowfall, all of the accumulated snow fell off my large awning in front of my door. The snowplow deposited its usual load on the driveway. I decided against my better judgment to make a path so I could take my garbage pails to the…

State shouldn’t charge vets for specialty license platesI recently received a newsletter from MOPH (Military Order of the Purple Heart). It stated that the state of Connecticut issues specialty license plates to disabled veterans and Gold Star families without charging an additional fee.State Rep. Sean Scanlon has introduced legislation that proposes to do the same for P…

Trump owes an apology to every prisoner of warDuring the campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump said of Sen. John McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”If you listened to his speeches or read his tweets, you already know that he is not a communicator. He rants and he is all about the illusion…

Roswell Park employees need affordable parkingWhile Roswell Park Cancer Institute offers thoughtful parking options for its patients, the recent restriction of nonresidential parking in the Fruit Belt is an unaddressed and recurring issue that concerns all employees within the medical district. Many Roswell Park employees, including those with unpaid internships, rely on t…

The more things change, more they stay the sameAs we approach the inauguration of our new president and the reported efforts of the left and assorted anarchists to disrupt the party, I am reminded of events I experienced at Richard Nixon’s inauguration 48 years ago. I was a Border Patrol agent in Buffalo in 1968 and was sent to Washington during inauguration week as a U.…

Inept state legislators don’t deserve pay raiseI have been reading about the New York State Legislature asking for a pay raise. What organization, except government, looks to increase the pay of employees who are totally inept? As a taxpayer, I say no pay increase and here’s why:• You knew what the pay was when you ran for office.• This is a part-time job, not …

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s legacy is still emerging, as is the man himself. On Friday, the Obamas will move into a large house in a quiet neighborhood only a few miles from the White House. Because he will be very involved in this town’s affairs, there’s no need to issue a final grade on his eight years. First, he and Michelle Robinson Obama and their two ha…

By Robyn E. Jobity They say admission is the first step toward recovery. So here is my confession: I am a social media junkie. There, I’ve said it. The hard part is over. To get clean, I’m conducting a radical experiment. I’m quitting social media. Not creating a less-revealing profile, or amping up my privacy settings, no. Complete account deactivation. Cold…