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By Paul AtkinsonStudent loans are a growing financial concern for many individuals, with ripple effects slowing economic growth throughout the country.Student loan defaults surged in the first three months of 2013, while efforts to collect bad loans are faltering, according to credit analysts and government audits. It is the latest twist in a college debt crisis that is ha…

Wednesday’s hearing into sexual assaults in the military showcased a dozen tone-deaf generals and admirals harping about chain of command while incredulous senators – Republicans and Democrats alike – tried to pry from them an admission of failure and a real reform plan.Instead, the brass battened down the hatches and prepared for battle. It’s a battle that, for th…

By Mark Grisanti and Sean RyanIn recent weeks, a lot of attention has been paid to the Peace Bridge Authority and our proposed legislation. We would like to clarify how the legislation would work and why we think it is needed.The authority was created solely for the purpose of financing the construction of the Peace Bridge. The original legislation that formed the authorit…

By Jerry CastigliaPresident Obama has proposed the creation of a new program that would provide a full day of preschool for every 4-year-old child in the United States whose family is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal government also would provide incentives to states to offer preschool to children from families above this income threshold u…

Among the more disturbing revelations coming out of the crash of Colgan Air’s Continental Connection Flight 3407 has to be the story told by Dan Morgan, the former vice president of safety and compliance for the regional airline.As reported by News Washington bureau chief Jerry Zremski, Morgan outlined in detail the missteps and missed opportunities by both Colgan Air an…

Here is what is clear from the state report on the brutal death of Abdifatah Mohamud: He should still be alive.The 10-year-old boy was beaten to death by his stepfather last year – bound, gagged and bludgeoned with a rolling pin. Compounding the tragedy was the fact that Abdifatah had reported his stepfather’s previous abuse. As a result, the Erie County Department of …

By Anthony M. MasielloProgress. It’s a word that has become associated with so many good things happening now in Buffalo and Western New York. Our waterfront has never looked better; the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus continues to grow, creating more jobs and development opportunities in the heart of Buffalo; and the rebirth of such downtown landmarks as the Hotel @ the …

It’s difficult to determine whether the latest revelations will finally start to end the pervasive acceptance by the military of sexual assaults. But hearing the graphic account of a former prosecutor has to help.Michael C. Lancer, now a Buffalo attorney, is one of those standing up to injustice. Lancer was an Army prosecutor a couple of decades ago and recently spoke wi…

By Paul S. PintoWestern New York experienced a rejection of several public school district budgets last month. This situation is echoed across New York State public schools.It is time for the financial administrators of each public school district to step up to the challenge.What’s the challenge, you may ask? It’s called fiscal responsibility for the taxpayers of New Y…

It’s a long way back to health once an ecosystem the size of Lake Erie takes sick. Even if the initial ailments are cured, or at least ameliorated, new ones come along, posing new and significant challenges to a body of water that, more than anything else, defines life in much of Western New York.That is only one of the reasons the attention and money devoted to restorin…