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By Kevin Igoe In 1965, Jackie DeShannon sang “What the world needs now is love sweet love, not just for some but for everyone.” That is a good bit too idealistic for a guy like me who has spent much of his professional career conceiving and writing hard-hitting political messaging about the political misdeeds of the opponent of the moment. Telling the electorate about a…

By Helaine Sanders Immigration is a hot topic now. Not only is it important to understand the various policies, knowing someone’s story is a window into the myths being perpetrated. Through teaching a class to prepare green card holders to pass their U.S. citizenship test, I understand the struggles of immigrants. Immigration is not solely about illegal immigrants cr…

By Joseph Lettieri Everybody knows Niagara Falls. And sooner or later, virtually many of them visit the world wonder. When he saw the falls, John Quincy Adams thought they symbolized democracy’s perpetual motion. W.E.B Du Bois felt they reflected the hand of God. Photographer Annie Liebovitz was mesmerized by the water’s color. Winston Churchill once traveled by t…

By Kari J. Winter On Oct. 9, the Washington Post reported that President Trump had uttered 13,425 lies in his first 993 days in office. The pace of his lying has skyrocketed to 22 falsehoods per day. Trump’s mendacity can only be fought by speaking truth to power in the manner of humanity’s greatest wordsmiths, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Toni Morrison. Two ye…

By Beth W. Amodio Winter cold and snow has arrived early this year – and for many Buffalonians, the onset of cold weather poses an ominous threat to their fragile finances and their health. Almost half of Buffalo’s children live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and families throughout the region struggle to make ends meet. The need for warmer clothing…

By Richard Winger Buried within this year’s New York State budget was the creation of a commission whose task is to write a new law on three aspects of the state’s election code: public campaign finance; “fusion” voting; and party qualifications. Oddly, though it’s called the Public Campaign Financing Commission, most of the hearing testimony and press coverage has focu…

By Martha Golar and Cathy Liss New York Attorney General Letitia James has joined colleagues from 18 other states, the District of Columbia and New York City in a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from gutting critical protections under the Endangered Species Act. Now, the state’s congressional delegation must get on board by signing onto the PAW and FIN Conse…

By Timothy D. Haley There has been much recent discussion on the merits of moderate sedation versus deep sedation with propofol for colonoscopies and other GI procedures. There have also been misleading and false assertions on this matter. It’s time to set the record straight. For most patients, moderate sedation is the safest, most appropriate approach for diagnosti…

By Arthur J. Giacalone A neighborhood is much more than its physical location. It’s a section of a city defined by its residents, history and distinguishing characteristics. It’s a place where neighbors feel comfortable interacting in familiar surroundings. It is fiction to suggest that the Fruit Belt neighborhood is being renewed or revitalized by the gentrification…

By Robert Zelinski A recent op-ed by vaping industry lobbyist Joel Giambra left me deeply disappointed, especially as a medical professional who treats patients with lung cancer. Here is the truth: Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease across the country. The argument that vaping tobacco is safer than smoking it, or is a terribly effective…

By Chuck Marra As Veterans Day approaches, the sacrifice of those who served our nation is at the forefront of our minds. There are almost 100,000 veterans currently residing in Western New York, with more slated to come home in the coming year. They reside alongside us, navigating the transition from military to civilian life. They are our mothers, fathers, grand…

By Heather Briccetti For almost a decade as head of the Business Council of New York State, I’ve witnessed many instances in which reasonable state or regulatory proposals are manipulated and modified far beyond the intent of the original idea. Such is the case with a bill that will have serious consequences for the state’s budget, employers and prescription drug con…

By Vilma Joseph The New York State Society of Anesthesiologists is alarmed to learn that Independent Health Association has decided to interfere with the gastroenterologist’s ability to perform endoscopic procedures in the manner he or she deems appropriate and in conjunction with anesthesia providers. We were even more disturbed to read that this decision was profit dr…

By Larry Beahan In 1850, my great, great-grandfather, living on an 80-acre Tug Hill Farm situated between the Adirondacks and Lake Ontario, told census takers that he owned: three horses, five milch cows, two working oxen, six sheep, four pigs and four other cattle. If he were alive today the “other” commodity would have been solar panels; no, with all the snow up th…

By Jon Powers In just a few weeks, the federal government may start phasing out its most successful environmental policy in recent memory: the solar investment tax credit. That would be a mistake. The tax credit has proved enormously effective, sparking a clean energy revolution that created hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country – including thousands here …