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Franklin D. Roosevelt was, by achievement and general acknowledgment, a towering political figure and the country’s greatest president of the 20th century. He was also a New Yorker, growing up in the Hudson Valley and serving as a state senator in Albany and, later, as governor. Yet the man who guided and inspired the nation during the economic crisis of the Great Depres…

By Donald Robinson The Institute of Medicine recently released a study that found the U.S. health care system wastes $750 billion per year. Reasons include uncoordinated care, unnecessary medical tests and procedures and inappropriate use of health care resources. This past summer, a group of 140 local primary care physicians and Independent Health forged a new physician-l…

A compromise appears to have settled the ugly squabble between the District Attorney’s Office and advocates of the county Domestic Violence Court. The hope is that concerns leveled by District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III have been satisfied following his announcement that he will resume prosecuting misdemeanor domestic violence cases in the county’s Integrated Domesti…

Out of the blue, my youngest grandchild, 6-year-old Kate, said, “Grandma, it is OK to have wrinkles,” as she gently smoothed her hand over my arms and looked into my face. She snuggled closely and went on to say, “they will just let people know you are getting old and people will be very nice to you.” After getting over the shock, I thought to myself, maybe she is…

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act, passed on Oct. 18, 1972, and it is under constant threat by congressional Republicans who have repeatedly attempted to roll back vital protections. Instead of turning back the clock, America should build on clean water achievements by managing storm water pollution with green infrastructure. The Environm…

It goes without saying that people convicted of drunken driving should have restrictions that will keep their hands off the wheel, at least for whatever set time determined by a judge. This is exactly what the state’s “Leandra’s Law,” officially called the Child Passenger Protection Act, was intended to do when it was passed a couple of years ago. But like many pie…

A parent attending the last of four community forums on sex education in the Buffalo Public Schools said something valuable on the challenges the school district faces in confronting a burgeoning crisis of sexual activity by the city’s students. Said Alandra Gethers: “We cannot negate the fact or override parents that are [already] actively involved in their children…

By Sam Magavern Congratulations are due to Mayor Byron W. Brown and Public Works Commissioner Steven J. Stepniak for making recycling a priority in Buffalo. Their new green recycling totes have been a smash hit, helping the city double its curbside recycling rate from 8 percent to 16 percent. But the national average is roughly 34 percent, and San Francisco recycles about …

For Catholic parents, the next best thing to having a son ordained a priest is when he becomes an altar boy. For us, this occasion arose when our first son, Christopher, reached the age of 10 and Sister Theophane sent the good news home in a note: he would assist at Mass the following Sunday at Most Precious Blood Church in Angola. There is a certain endearing innocence ab…

The Cuban government has indeed taken a step in the right direction by announcing that it will eliminate a half-century-old restriction that requires its citizens to get an exit visa to leave the country. Fifty years ago, the United States and Cuba were at the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. The previous year, a U.S.-sponsored invasion had failed to o…

By Howard Zemsky The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s decision to exit the “waterfront business” is a sound strategic move grounded in the belief that focusing our time and resources on transportation makes good and compelling sense. Our board is unanimous in this important strategic decision. Similarly we are unanimous in our decision to transfer the prop…