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By Geoff Schutte This month is school ranking season, both in Buffalo and around the country. While most educators I know find such publications reductive and inadequate, these rankings are infused into our local lexicon and are the unfortunate standard by which we often understand and talk about school quality. Whether we like them or not, these lists inform our assump…

By Patrick Kaler Look around Buffalo on a summer weekend and it will be hard to believe your eyes compared to just a few short years ago. Kayakers and stand up paddle boarders will navigate the Buffalo River through the concrete canyon of Elevator Alley, one of the world’s largest collections of grain silos, as tiki boats and river history tour vessels share the wate…

By Peter Dow Bravo! We are delighted that Rep. Brian Higgins, The Buffalo News, Robert Gioia, and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. have endorsed the idea of building an urban residential village where the Memorial Auditorium once stood. We have been pushing this idea for several years, and now that the children’s museum, the carousel and other waterfront attra…

By Kathleen Brown Flying 50 WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., for the tribute they may never have received is a big deal but truly made up of so many small miracles along the way. As a volunteer with Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight, I have observed many mini miracles with each of our trips. Some examples: hundreds of random individuals in a busy airport…

By Russell D. Ward As a Purple Heart medal recipient and advocate to promote honoring those soldiers killed in America’s wars, I continue on. As one of many soldiers who survived our wartime obligations, we have been chosen to guard the door to which all those soldiers passed through to their death in defense of America’s principles and freedoms. It is our job to make sur…

By Carl H. Fowler When Amtrak was created in 1971, one of its first challenges was to recover from the terrible onboard service many railroads had provided in the late 1960s. Faced with the financial loss of the mail contracts and competition from the interstate highways, carriers such as the Southern Pacific systematically degraded their remaining passenger trains usin…

By Robert A. Bonfiglio With the close of the academic year, I’ll have served 40 years as a college administrator. During my tenure, I’ve read countless articles on the purposes of higher education. Currently, the prevailing attitude seems to be that colleges exist principally to prepare graduates for the careers of their choice. As a denizen of the academy, it should…

By John Montague Two hundred years ago last Fourth of July the ground was officially broken for the Erie Canal. On Oct. 26, 1825, after eight years and 363 miles of hard digging and clever engineering, Gov. Dewitt Clinton set out from Buffalo in his packet boat for New York City. The moment marked the Canal’s official completion. Today as the canal’s bicentennial gets u…

By Jeffrey Freedman While Congress and the Trump administration play politics with leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs, disabled veterans go without disability benefits. As of mid-2017, according to the VA, 345,000 disabled veterans were waiting for benefits. An additional 300,000 who had appealed their benefit ratings were waiting for rulings on appeals. L…

By Monica Wallace  This month, our state’s top law enforcement officer was accused of violence against women and resigned his office shortly thereafter. His alleged actions are unconscionable and made more appalling given that the office he held is sworn to uphold the law. I applaud the women who came forward to tell their stories of domestic abuse. Unfortunately, th…

By Henry F. Wojtaszek The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to strike down a 1992 federal law that limited gambling, has created a pathway for Western Regional Off-Track Betting (WROTB) and Batavia Downs Gaming to provide sports betting opportunities to all the dedicated sports fans in Western New York. Our organization is perfectly positioned with existi…

By Jody Lomeo The recent controversy surrounding the Buffalo Public Schools’ nursing program became much larger than it needed to be. As everyone knows, the district has significant academic and financial challenges. Unfortunately, our staff – experienced, unionized personnel – went from longtime partner and trusted care provider to a simple vendor and prime target f…

By Al Bruno When I first began teaching in the early 1990s, I was full of idealism and believed that schools and teaching were “true” sanctuaries for learning and nurturing our young people. In hindsight, I could in no way have envisioned the future school environments of today where safety has become so pervasively perilous and life-threatening for innocent adolescents…