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By Phil Wilcox In the sometimes irrational debate regarding energy policy and climate change, natural gas has slowly turned from hero to goat – in the views of some unenlightened extremists – when it is among the primary reasons for the steady decline in coal use for generating power. Natural gas cuts greenhouse gas emissions in half and eliminates nitrogen oxide and…

By Jeff Paterson If New York State officials had the chance to bring 10,000 new jobs to Western New York, they would roll out the red carpet. Grants, loans and headlines would abound. I recently led an employment study for the Developmental Disability Alliance of Western New York. We found that DDAWNY member agencies employ more than 10,000 people in more than 450 ph…

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By Andrew Hyland The recent Buffalo News editorial on vaping regulations rightly draws attention to the layered and complex issue that is e-cigarette policy. Trying to thread the needle of how to safely enable access to vaping products for adults seeking to quit cigarettes while keeping vaping products out of the hands of those under 21 is an effort that’s occupying …

By Amy Witryol In his recent Another Voice column, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos promoted the governor’s “Mother Nature” bond act for important climate and water projects. However, his suggestion for “naturalizing” the Niagara River rang hollow in most of Niagara County. The DEC drafted a tentative permit proposing …

By Michael S. Taheri When asked by parishioners and the media, Diocese of Buffalo officials have steadfastly refused to fully disclose the costs associated with the decadeslong clergy sex scandal. The recent Buffalo News article succinctly explained the decrease in parishioner donations. While we know that approximately $17 million has been paid through the Independe…

By Amer Aziz On Feb. 15, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will celebrate its centennial in the United States. Ahmadiyya is a revivalist movement in Islam founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in India in 1889. Ahmadi Muslims believe that Ahmad was the symbolic second coming of Jesus in a sense similar to how the New Testament states Jesus of Nazareth spoke of John the Bapti…

By Anthony P. LoRusso Among the attributes that define American democracy, and inform the American experience, is the relationship between our nation’s government and its military. The kinship between civil society and those military services that protect it is grounded in the belief that civilian control of the military is preferable to military control of the state…

By William Lambers As we celebrate Black History Month, let's remember a hero, peacemaker, teacher and humanitarian: Ralph Bunche. We need his inspiration today with so much conflict in the world. Ralph Bunche was the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1950. He was also a great billiards player. Those two facts are connected. Bunche was a poli…

By Donna Robinson On Aug. 13, 2019, my life’s course changed forever. While visiting my daughter at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, 300 miles from my Buffalo home, I received news of Valerie Gaiter’s passing. She was one of my daughter’s mentors at Bedford Hills and died of cancer at 61 years old while in prison. Gaiter was the longest-serving woman in New York …

By Rev. Steve Schumer While my 33-year banking career here in Buffalo might paint a different picture to some, one of my passions is to serve people. My new role as president and CEO of Catholic Charities feels like a great fit, almost an extension or merging of both my years in finance and my desire to help others. I am fortunate to have a reminder of my call to ser…

By Basil Seggos In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed the first environmental bond act in New York since 1996, and the timing couldn’t be more critical. It’s an aggressive, proactive solution to navigating New York’s new normal – one that’s delivered five “100-year storms” over the last decade and devastating lake shore flooding as Lake Ont…

By Marty J. Walters Mayor Byron W. Brown’s recent signature enables developers to tap into Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy-efficient projects in the City of Buffalo. PACE offers easy access to low-interest, fixed-rate financing to create high-performance buildings. The PACE program offers truly game-changing opportunities to reduce Buffalo’…

By Stephen B. Hanse New York State has a long-standing tradition of taking care of our neediest residents. It’s part of who we are. For tens of thousands of elderly, frail and physically challenged New Yorkers – our parents, relatives, neighbors and friends – that care is provided in hundreds of skilled nursing facilities around the state, facilities that cannot survive…

By Christian Bret Calleri Last year, Buffalo concluded an international design competition to create a vision for its beleaguered waterfront. The competition’s goal was laudable: tear down a cancerous piece of mid-20th century infrastructure, in this case an elevated highway along the glorious lakefront Buffalo could one day soon enjoy. This would be paid for by deve…

By Nicole Hallett and Michael Dolce Due to the federal government’s hostile attitude toward working people, progressive economic policy has been left to the states. That is why it was encouraging to see Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo advocate for a statewide paid sick leave law during his State of the State address. Such a law will provide economic security to our state’s most vu…