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Toddler’s tragic death raises many questionsAnother tragedy involving an innocent 2-year-old, this time Ethan Bigham, who allegedly was abused at the hands of a 17-year-old, Devon VanDerWege.Where were the four adults who were living in the home? Where were the grandparents and relatives if they suspected abuse? How do you leave a 9-month-old and a 2-year-old, who need a…

Plans to replace ACA will hurt many peopleAs a health care provider living in Erie County, I have overwhelming concerns about the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and what the effect will be on the cost of care. Health organizations have spoken out against the American Health Care Act, with concerns about the estimated 14 million Americans who could lose …

When politics and the law collide, sparks fly. It happened when former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara indicted then-leaders of the state Assembly and Senate and it’s happening again as the state attorney general takes aim at a former senator from Western New York and his successor. Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, and his once-powerful predecessor in office, Georg…

Whatever is amiss in the City of Tonawanda that creates an atmosphere in which the mayor and a businessman hurl curses at each other needs to stop. Whether it’s something in the atmosphere or the drinking water, an antidote to this verbal poison has to be administered. As recently reported in The News, Mayor Rick Davis and businessman Michael Hacikyan engaged in a ver…

By John J. Hurley In 1970, I was accepted to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. I was thrilled, until my father gave me the bad news: He simply couldn’t afford St. Joe’s. I was crushed. But a few weeks later I took a paper route and paid my own way through St. Joe’s. Family finances weren’t much different when I went on to Canisius College, but thanks to a…

New York State farmers face more pressure than ever and state and federal leaders have the ability to do something about it. One relatively easy way to help farmers is for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislators to include the New York Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit bill in the final state budget. The bill gives New York farmers a refundable tax credit up to $5,000 …

By Lynn Magdol I recently observed an anniversary and it got me thinking. No, this one was not a wedding anniversary. It was the date on which I retired from work. Like a marriage, though, this transition has also involved changes in roles, identities and activities. Unlike a wedding ceremony, an event that occurs on a single date, the adjustment to retirement has stret…

By Emma Fabian Proposed cuts to Medicaid that will be voted on this month by our elected representatives contradict what we know about public health and curbing epidemics. We are plagued by an opioid overdose epidemic in this country that is particularly catastrophic in Western New York. It would only be made worse by cutting the means our residents use to obtain care f…

Lawmakers should walk in their constituents’ shoesThe recent power outage hit home for many of us who were without heat for a few days. Poor us! And now our politicians are proposing to take heat away from those who can’t afford it.As Mitch Albom noted in Sunday’s op-ed column, “What we struggle to do without for days is what people elsewhere do without for a lifet…

Did article on Mafia have to run on St. Joseph’s Day?The article, “The Mafia is all but dead in Western New York. So what killed it?” appearing in The News on March 19 was upsetting, to say the least. I am sure it was purely coincidental that the article was published on the front page of The News on St. Joseph’s Day – a beloved, meaningful feast lovingly celebra…

Regulate e-cigarettes to protect public healthOver the past 16 years, rates of cigarette smoking have dropped dramatically in high school students, going from over 27 percent in 2000 to under 5 percent presently. Unfortunately, something new is on the horizon that is challenging this continued drop in tobacco usage: electronic cigarettes.Use of e-cigarettes in high school …

Schumer, Obama pointed ‘dagger’ at us, not TrumpA recent declaration from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding Buffalo’s Metro Rail: “President Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate a key transit funding program and points a ‘dagger’ at the possibility of extending Buffalo’s Metro Rail to Amherst.”Hey, Sen. Schumer, how about pointing your lit…

Canalside could have offered something for NCAA visitorsMuch has been made of the changes in our city since the last time Buffalo hosted the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The “New Buffalo” is something that residents of Western New York know and have experienced. The changes and new energy in the city have been positive and in many cases quite dramatic. But befor…

Health care bill will reduce coverage and hurt childrenAs pediatricians, we see firsthand the impact of affordable health care coverage for children. Health insurance enables children and their families to receive regular preventive care and sick care when they need it. Research shows that children with health insurance are healthier, more likely to attend school, and beco…