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North Park library reuse preserves valuable historyI was brought up in the Hertel Avenue section of Buffalo. I lived there from birth until I married and moved to Kenmore. Things don’t stay the same. Many businesses have closed, others have opened. It’s called progress.There were two buildings in the area that were very important to me when I was growing up. One was th…

Leaders should take writer’s advice on canal’s bicentennial The July 14 letter calling for Buffalonians and City Fathers to make the most of the upcoming bicentennial in 2025 of the opening of the Erie Canal left me thinking: If our elected officials possessed even half the foresight and vision the letter writer has, Buffalo would have already been restored to its form…

Higgins does hold forums, just not town hall meetingsI read with interest The Buffalo News July 19 editorial about Congressman Tom Reed’s town hall meetings. While it is certainly appropriate to compare Rep. Reed’s constituent contact in town hall meetings with that of the other members of Western New York’s congressional delegation, I disagree with the statement tha…

It is time to finally stop talking about repealing the SAFE ActEvery time I go by a “Repeal the SAFE Act” sign I still have to chuckle. New York SAFE was enacted by a large bipartisan margin in both houses of the State Legislature and signed into law in January 2013 – more than four years ago.Now there is even a proposal to repeal the SAFE Act upstate. Some Western N…

Full dental disclosure results in responsible patient serviceThe News editorial board’s piece, “Full disclosure, please,” is right on for Erie County and our state. As it is written, it is a health and safety bipartisan issue. In my 50 years of being a practicing prosthodontist, I have consistently put the safety of my patients first, never even considering using den…

Trump adds to the swamp he once promised to drainWhy don’t they stop investigating the Russian influence in the election? Stop spending taxpayer money because Donald Trump will always find a way out to come clean!Does he think the whole world is stupid to believe that he didn’t know anything about the emails his son received from Russia? Donald Trump probably asked for…

We’re not sure what significance there is to the emails between Sam Hoyt and Steve Pigeon. The exchanges – so far, at least – show only that Hoyt, who works for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, forwarded publicly available job postings to Pigeon, a political operative charged in a corruption case. It seems innocuous enough – nothing more than an effort to woo local party l…

To most Buffalonians, it probably doesn’t matter so much who is leading the effort to reuse the property soon to be vacated by Women and Children’s Hospital. What’s important is that somebody is doing it. In that regard, Kaleida Health made what looks like a wise decision in ending negotiations with Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. and turning to the combined strengths…

By John Rex Shortly after an Ethiopian restaurant opened here in Buffalo, a friend suggested we try it. His suggestion sparked many memories. I first encountered traditional Ethiopian food in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 11, 1962, when I was a member of the first group of Peace Corps volunteers who had arrived in the country days earlier. As the guest of an Ethiop…

By Kean W. Stimm Does anyone truly believe that bureaucrat politicians can actually design a health care system? They are totally unqualified. They are about as qualified as if you and I were to try to be Olympic athletes or concert pianists. This is not their area of expertise. Our nation is very aware that our current health care system has become the perfect examp…

Gillibrand’s poor choice of words is a troubling signWhatever happened to civility? Do you really want to be represented by a politician who can’t even communicate her ideas without using the worst word in the English language? But for those who haven’t heard, that is exactly what Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand used when she recently spoke before a group of young people. An…

Politicians should start putting public interest firstThe mystery to every American is health care. The Democrats want to keep Obamacare even though it’s imploding on its own. The Republicans want to repeal and replace it with God only knows what. The fact of the matter is neither party can bring themselves to do much of anything. Fight, argue, lie, mislead, misconstrue …

Strong leadership is required for any East Side resurgenceWith aggravated interest I continue to follow the foot-dragging in the rehabilitation of our languishing East Side. We’ve witnessed studies ad nauseam that go nowhere. The Central Terminal can be a catalyst for this rehabilitation if planned correctly. The need is for gutsy, don’t-take-no-for-an-answer leadershi…

Art museum expansion plans must retain the rich historyTogether with its architectural merit, the 1962 Gordon Bunshaft wing of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a major piece of Buffalo’s cultural history. The building was the product of a collaboration between Seymour Knox, perhaps the greatest art collector in the city’s history who amassed one of the most important c…