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Direct support professionals should be paid a living wageI am exceptionally concerned about the workforce shortage facing nonprofit service providers and the 130,000 New York State citizens they serve with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nonprofit agency administrators, while advocating for the individuals and families they serve, echo that a crisis is at hand…

Proposed scheduling rules will hurt companies, workersFor the past 10 years, I have been employed by Delta Sonic, starting out as a 17-year-old high school senior and advancing to assistant director of detail shop operations.In high school, the flexible scheduling Delta Sonic provided gave me the opportunity to work and attend all of my track meets and practices.Even as a …

Football is a beautiful game, but paradoxically it isn’t. It’s ugly! It’s ugly because of the violence that leaves men in the prime of their lives mentally and cognitively impaired, a shell of their former selves. It’s called chronic traumatic encephalopathy and it is widespread among former NFL football players. If you watch and love football, you are complicit. You an…

Chairman A.D. Berwanger of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors recently highlighted the board’s successes in 2017. He claims that the board has been fiscally responsible and kept the country’s tax levy under the New York State property tax cap. Now I just paid my town and county tax bill and it clearly stated the change in the county tax levy was 3.3 percent, which …

The family of a man accused of being a drug dealer has filed a wrongful death suit against the City of Buffalo and two decorated Buffalo police officers. The justified shooting death occurred during an incident in which both officers’ lives were put in peril along with those of civilians in the area. This suit continues even after both officers were cleared of wrongdoin…

Let me take a moment to applaud Molly and William Koessler for illuminating the Trump tax plan promise that lowering the marginal taxes for small businesses will trickle down to their hourly employees. The local power couple and restaurant mavens made the front page of The Buffalo News for lowering the $13.06 hourly living wage at William K’s at the location leased from th…

There is a specter haunting America; it is the specter of plutocracy and President Trump is its prophet. A certain cadre of the rich (most are probably humane) have mounted what amounts to a coup in slow motion. The would-be plutocrats and their (mostly) Republican minions claim to be the saviors of free enterprise and minimal government for maximal freedom. Actually, t…

Officers cleared in shooting deserve community supportThe family of a man accused of being a drug dealer has filed a wrongful death suit against the City of Buffalo and two decorated Buffalo police officers. The justified shooting death occurred during an incident in which both officers’ lives were put in peril along with those of civilians in the area.This suit continues …

The shortage and excessive cost of parking encountered by Shea’s patrons is really nothing new, but, as a contributing factor, it should be noted that Shea’s management actively fought for the plan to return traffic to Main Street. It envisioned a grandiose “Broadway-esque” entrance to impress its chauffeured clientele. The resulting loss of the Theatre District Metro R…

In 2010, the undoing of democracy was issued by the Supreme Court. In a narrow majority decision, the court ruled that money is free speech, and corporations and organizations (unions, primarily) are “people” and therefore have the same rights as living, breathing emotional beings. The majority reasoned that limiting money would have a “chilling” effect on speech and the e…

There is a specter haunting America; it is the specter of plutocracy and President Trump is its prophet. A certain cadre of the rich (most are probably humane) have mounted what amounts to a coup in slow motion. The would-be plutocrats and their (mostly) Republican minions claim to be the saviors of free enterprise and minimal government for maximal freedom. Actually, t…

President Trump recently said that it is “a disgrace what’s happening in our country and that a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.” I wholeheartedly agree and here’s why: We have a president who tells blatant lies almost on a daily basis (over 2,000 lies documented). These lies are either ignored or supported by Fox News and the blowhards on national and local …

The family of a man accused of being a drug dealer has filed a wrongful death suit against the City of Buffalo and two decorated Buffalo police officers. The justified shooting death occurred during an incident in which both officers’ lives were put in peril along with those of civilians in the area. This suit continues even after both officers were cleared of wrongdoin…

Chairman A.D. Berwanger of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors recently highlighted the board’s successes in 2017. He claims that the board has been fiscally responsible and kept the country’s tax levy under the New York State property tax cap. Now I just paid my town and county tax bill and it clearly stated the change in the county tax levy was 3.3 percent, which …