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By David Babcock, Thomas DeMond, Rev. James Giles and Rev. JoAnne Scott We write as presidents and leaders of multifaith organizations and allies from all across Western and Central New York. Together we represent over 100 local congregations and nearly three dozen social justice coalitions. We come from many different faith traditions: Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddh…

Rep. Chris Collins betrayed his district and his state this week with his smarmy and likely unconstitutional proposal to force changes in how New York funds its Medicaid program. He says with a straight face that it was about helping New Yorkers burdened with high property tax rates, but that was a fraud. It was about buying upstate Republican votes for a health care re…

This is a problem that needs to be fixed, now. Because of what must surely be an oversight – a careless oversight – in extending the compact that allowed Seneca casinos in Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties, the Seneca Nation of Indians has announced that it is done making payments to New York State. After paying about $100 million a year, it says a $30 million …

Browsing the internet will remain less than personal as the Senate voted in favor of dismantling landmark privacy protections. Senators, and the tech industry, may somehow see the 50-to-48 vote, largely along party lines, as a move to increase internet privacy, but it is not. The House is expected to follow the Senate’s lead, followed by President Trump signing it int…

By Jeffrey Freedman President Trump’s order for a hiring freeze may seem like a good first step to smaller government – at first glance. The truth is, fewer government employees means fewer (and slower) government services. In particular, this hurts two of the most vulnerable segments of our population: disabled veterans and Social Security Disability (SSD) claimant…

Digital devices have become a constant presence in our daily lives, though perhaps a little irksome to some. In that group is Niagara Falls Councilman Kenny Tompkins, who came up with a measure calling for Council members to “refrain from bringing with them activated personal electronic devices of any nature, including cellphones, to any public meetings of this City C…

By James Dean With all of the problems facing our nation today, Congress has decided it needs to attack the federal workforce with arbitrary cuts and loss of rights. Right now, Congress is working on the most extreme union-busting, pension-stealing bills we’ve seen yet. These attacks focus on official time, one of our core union rights that the American Federation …

WASHINGTON – Pleadings for “states rights” are usually associated with the segregationist presidential candidates George C. Wallace and Strom Thurmond. Now this lame, discredited slogan is being sold by President Trump to justify the savage, disabling financial and staffing cuts in programs that are restoring the Great Lakes. Trump’s budget will undo nearly a…

By Wes Carter On the morning of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, many forums were held around the country in which people were discussing the changing administration in Washington and the nation’s expectations about the next four years. What emerged out of those discussions were sentiments about how devastatingly divided we are as a people, and along as many li…

By Sandy McPherson Carrubba Geary I come from a family of communicators. Perhaps that’s why I became a writer. Telling stories is implanted in my genes. Our family has always used  various communication skills. My mother employed what I called “the look.” When aimed at me, I understood I had better change my behavior. Quickly, if not sooner. After I became …

County authority delivers safe, high-quality tap waterI’m writing in response to the letter, “We all should be in favor of protecting water, air.” The writer’s devotion to the environment is admirable, but I would urge a similar devotion to facts.The Erie County Water Authority has a team of highly skilled laboratory analysts, a nationally recognized Water Quality …