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By Ron Klink The Trump administration just sold out seniors to appease the health insurance lobby. Earlier this year, the administration proposed a major health care reform that garnered applause across the political spectrum, even from lifelong Democrats like me. The overhaul would have forced insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers to reduce Medicare bene…

By Ted Pijacki In one of the most famous investigations of all time, Jesus, standing before Pilate, attests: “I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth,” to which Pilate responds, “What is truth?” In the divided world of religion, as in politics today, it appears that “the truth” reflects whatever a person’s version of the truth is. Last weekend ABC’s …

By Tara Schafer With recent announcements regarding major investments on Buffalo’s East Side, and health care programming in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, there are many positive developments underway. This is great news. As the region’s sole provider of free one-on-one adult literacy services, we are committed to making sure that there is funding for literacy …

By Joanne Haefner Elected officials across the country will join communities in celebrating National Health Center Week from Aug. 4 to 10. Their visits and messages to community health centers will demonstrate that not only is it possible to move beyond the partisan divide over health care, but to support and agree on a program vital to our communities. In Western Ne…

By Larry Beahan Windmills are beautiful. As a lover of Lake Erie’s bluffs, beaches and sunsets, as a former Bennett Beach lifeguard and Learzaks patron, as a current property owner on its shores, I was astounded to read: On Sept. 19, the Erie County Legislature’s Energy and Environment Committee has scheduled a hearing to consider a bill by Legislators Lynne Dixon an…

By William Graebner In Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s April 10 announcement of a competition for design alternatives to the Buffalo Skyway, I was surprised to see the Skyway referred to as a “corridor.” You don’t tear down a “corridor,” which is, simply put, a space. You tear down a structure, in this case a prominent bridge. By recasting the Skyway as a corridor, it seems t…

By Patti Merritt I have served as vice president of the Kidney Connection Inc. since 2006. As a member of a coalition of stakeholders across the medical field, including hospitals, patient groups and transplant support organizations, the Kidney Connection has worked to promote and support living organ donation in New York State and nationally. In this role and in my …

By Kathy Brown I recently got to witness a child experiencing pure bliss. It was the result of a remarkable Friday evening event at the newly opened Explore & More Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum at Canalside. The Au-some Event was open only to children with autism and their families. I happened to be there because the museum invites therapy dogs from the S…

By Dr. June Chang Since my family loves our wonderful national and state parks and seeks the tranquility and beauty of the outdoors, for years I have been interested in maintaining our environment by recycling and lessening my carbon footprint. More recently, I have become increasingly dismayed to read articles from a variety of journals and news organizations that disc…

By James Kilgore and Katie Schaffer  Last month, Cook County in Illinois issued a report assessing the bail reform measures launched in September 2017. The outcomes offer particular relevance to New York, as the state has recently passed bail reform legislation.  The Cook County reforms set up a pre-trial division of the court and instructed judges to set money bail …

By Clinton Brown Monday is the 10th anniversary of New York Gov. David Paterson’s signing on July 29, 2009, at the Buffalo History Museum, the state historic tax credit legislation, matching the federal credit that everyone worked so hard to achieve at the start of the Great Recession. His signature renewed leases on life for our treasure trove of historic buildings …

By Douglas E. Conroe The Cuyahoga River’s infamous catching fire years ago changed generational thinking and action that has since greatly benefited Lake Erie and other waterways.  Harmful algal bloom conditions today trumpet the same warning, highlighting urgent need for action and changed behaviors. While so much of the world lacks clean water, we here in Wester…

By Bob Richardson Where I live in Canada, 45 minutes from the Peace Bridge, the population growth in Toronto referenced in a recent Buffalo News article and its effects are evident and sometimes painful. High housing costs, constant traffic and resizing of public infrastructure cause concerns. Ontario’s Ministry of Finance is projecting the province’s population grow…

By Brian Nowak Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw’s July 19 Another Voice does a wonderful job telling his American story, but does a terrible job defending his ill-conceived view of a Congress member’s love of our country. Contrary to his assertions, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s statement that border-detained immigrants are treated worse than dogs is – sadly an…

By William Renaldo Recently I sent a message to the Buffalo Fire Department as recent media reports, I felt, painted our organization in a negative light. That message reassured them of my trust and confidence, encouraging their leadership in helping us move forward. That message detailed what I believe is the most important apparatus in the firehouse – the kitchen t…