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Financial incentives drive prostate cancer treatmentBuried on page A8 of the Oct. 24 News was an article worthy of front-page coverage. The topic, “Urologists’ profits tied to treatment decisions,” described a five-year study published by the New England Journal of Medicine on Oct. 23. The study found that men with newly diagnosed non-metastatic prostate cancer are much mo…

A new special court in Buffalo City Court holds the promise of rescuing some victims of human trafficking.The Human Trafficking Intervention Part of City Court will identify and help prostitutes and other victims of human trafficking in a number of ways, not the least of which is getting out of a life that they did not choose, but rather had forced upon them.The announceme…

Ladle by the lake is an impressive displayI would like to comment on the recent “Off Main Street” article about the ladle by the lake. I do not understand the sarcastic comments made by Buffalo Urban Development Corp. members at their meeting about the ladle artwork piece near the Union Ship Canal in Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park. This was a great idea from the start and …

Look around and enjoy the beauty all around usIn an uncomfortably blunt but provoking column, Froma Harrop recently asked, “What makes art valuable?” Without even considering the question, “Enriching the cityscape,” a News editorial on Oct. 21, praised a county partnership with the Albright-Knox designed to place art in public spaces. Nonetheless, readers were assured that…

There’s a lot about Buffalo to be proud of and celebrate, and most lifelong Western New Yorkers, like myself, are quick to sing the praises of the City of Good Neighbors on a regular basis. Often, however, the mainstays of our community carry on their business quietly and without pomp and circumstance, and the exemplary service they provide every day never makes a headline…

By Mark “Buc” WilliamsOur son, Thomas Frank Williams, was born a healthy baby boy on June 7, 2005, but several months later he began having seizures. After further tests, he was diagnosed at the age of 5 months with infantile spasms, a very rare and severe form of epilepsy. He was immediately treated with many different types of anti-seizure medications. He was also placed…

Nation and World

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Somewhere in all of this, there must be a planet where the volcanoes spout chocolate.Astronomers reported Monday that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable Earth-size planets in the galaxy, based on a new analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft.One of every five sun-like stars in the galaxy has a planet the size of Earth circling it …

Editorials

The nation’s attitudes – and laws – on discrimination have changed in a remarkably short time. From civil rights to same-sex marriage, the walls are coming down. It is time now for protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender assignment to be set into law.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban workplace discrimi…

Nation needs to embrace responsible water policyThe recent water main break on Mineral Springs Road in Buffalo should serve as a wake-up call. If taxpayers and ratepayers want to avoid unaffordable utility bills and huge liabilities in the future, they must insist now on more competition in the way public officials manage the water systems.According to a study released by …

Roswell Park, Hospice workers are incredibleFollowing the recent loss of my wife after a 3½-year battle with endometrial cancer, I made a discovery about life and death.When we were told the diagnosis in 2010, we went to Roswell Park for operations and treatment. From the moment we arrived, we had the feeling that every person at Roswell Park made it their mission to give …

It should go without saying that Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is not an appropriate film to be shown in a middle school class.Unfortunately, that message never reached the Hamburg Middle School teacher who thought it was a good idea to show a scene from the horror film classic to a group of special education students.If it weren’t for Terry Dunford’s 13-year-old daughter te…

Profitable Delaware North has nerve seeking tax breaksThe Erie County Industrial Development Agency should more appropriately be called the corporate welfare system. Time and time again, huge promises are made by corporations seeking tax breaks in return for job creation or retention. Quite often the promises of a break in taxes to improve our area’s overall economic healt…

How could Amherst IDA give Fidelis huge break?“Amherst IDA gives Fidelis $2.5 million tax break,” as reported in The News on Oct. 19. For those people locally who don’t know Fidelis Care’s history, it is also known as the New York State Catholic Health Plan, which is owned by the Catholic Diocese of New York City. Its mission: to provide health care to the poor and needy r…

Don’t attack teachers for questioning standardsIn attempting to scapegoat the New York State United Teachers for obstructing implementation of the Common Core national standards, School Board member James M. Sampson is throwing a dart that misses the bull’s-eye by a mile. (“Education commissioner has it right on Common Core standards,” Oct. 29 Another Voice.)Teacher evalua…