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Sometimes life is not fair, and the criticism Mayor Byron W. Brown receives for not doing enough on the East Side may be an example of that saying. It is true that his administration has devoted considerable resources to the largely poor, African-American area of the City of Buffalo. It is also true that the need there is great and that much more remains to be done. …

By Fred M. Jacobs New York is home to three of the country’s 20 best hospitals, according to a new analysis from U.S. News. International medical schools often send third- and fourth-year students to these institutions to gain hands-on experience. That’s miffed many administrators at New York medical schools. They worry that students educated abroad take opportun…

If anyone has an intimate understanding of the scourge that is the opioid epidemic hammering this nation, it is physicians, other medical personnel and, especially, medical examiners. They dealt with approximately 64,000 overdose deaths nationwide last year, up from 52,000 the year before. Addiction claimed hundreds of lives in Western New York last year, and shows little …

Here’s hoping for a warm winter. And not just because we don’t like shoveling snow. As reported in The News, if temperatures dive to more normal levels after a couple of winters on the warm side, then the average heating bill across the Buffalo Niagara region is expected to jump by 26.5 percent, or about $123 from last year’s enviable numbers. Heating costs inv…

By Richard Steinberg The World Health Organization reported in 2012 that approximately 7 million people died – 1 in 8 of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save mill…

By Gunilla Theander Kester Buffalo is a place of gratitude and stories. A splendid example took place at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Sept. 16 as we welcomed German virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter at the gala opening. Her performance was lush, fun and ever so enjoyable. She closed it with a somber J.S. Bach Sarabande from the Second Partita, dedicating…

Not all are college-bound, so let’s teach skilled tradesYears ago, high schools realized that not everyone was college-bound so they had trade classes and schools to provide students with training that would be useful in the real world after graduation. Fast forward many years and because of budget cuts, we are grooming mostly college-bound students.Wake up, high school …

We have a moral duty to provide health careIt is interesting that in the policy debates about immigration, health care, etc., there is rarely a reference to the fact that these issues have a moral component. This is based on the values our Founding Fathers instilled into the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. There is also a strong relationship to the comman…

President has to realize America is ‘melting pot’No. 45 is quick to respond to the peaceful protest of football athletes, but it took days for him to comment on the Nazis and white supremacists who assembled in Charlottesville, Va. He called them “very fine people,” while any player who knelt in protest was a “son of a bitch.”President Trump has to realize that…

By Sue Giovino There is a distinct difference between the smell of life and death, particularly with a dog’s acute sense. We came to this realization as we watched our Jack Russell and beagle mix, Gracie, circle our beloved Lab mix, Molly, who lay too still one cool morning several years ago. Life had to move on as we contemplated Gracie’s life without her belove…

Now is indeed the time to discuss gun controlIt is maddening to hear, following the recent massacre in Las Vegas, again the same choruses. Gun control advocates call for regulation; NRA supporters claim the problem lies with mental health and position themselves to resist any regulation. This time we should not be paralyzed by this false dichotomy. Of course there is some …

All of these mass shootings are home-grown terrorismAll gun violence in this country, especially mass shootings, is terrorism, home-grown terrorism. It is this combination of gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association, a very powerful and lucrative lobbying group, whose funds entice lawmakers to allow lax laws and lax oversight.Sue StievaterAmherst

Citizens should seize chance for constitutional conventionOn Nov. 7, voters throughout New York State have a very important decision to make. A vote, yes or no, for a constitutional convention. In a period of political instability, a means by which our rights and liberties can additionally be preserved and secured cannot simply be ignored.Although some groups and individua…

Players should protest after national anthemYeah, it isn’t right, but it is not wrong, either. The issue of players kneeling in the NFL is big now for either being wrong or right. The message being sent is a strong one. However, as we have been told to do since we were kids, there is a right and wrong time to do things.The national anthem stands for much more than what o…