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By Seth Ginsberg For too long, insurance-backed groups have been given enormous power to overrule doctors’ orders and make health care decisions that are not in the best interest of patients. One of the insurance industry’s most vocal surrogates has just provided another example of why lawmakers must use the debate over Obamacare to reduce the power of special intere…

By Kevin Igoe Congress is broken. America is drowning in a flood of extreme partisanship. You and I are responsible. How’s that? It starts with what has been called the disappearing center. There are several factors that have made the middle ground of American politics basically irrelevant. First are those moderate political types who tend to be less emotional abo…

By Gerard Mazurkiewicz and Barbara Mazurkiewicz Often referred to by the media as the “drive that never fails,” the 2017 Appeal for Catholic Charities is nearly $1.8 million short of its $11 million goal, with a June 30 deadline fast approaching. Barring a significant increase in donations over the next six weeks, this year’s appeal is in jeopardy of failing to reach…

By Jennifer R. Guzmán As an anthropologist doing field work with dairy farmworkers, I have learned that many struggle to fulfill basic needs because they cannot drive. They must rely on the goodwill of employers and on paid drivers to access such necessities as food and medical care. Sadly, some drivers exploit immigrants’ vulnerability by charging exorbitant rates. Ima…

By Philip Wilcox A recent visit to Dearborn, Mich., for a wedding at the Henry Ford Museum was breathtaking beyond expectation. Sitting on 12 acres with loads of history and memorabilia, the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation began as  Ford’s personal collection of historic objects, which he began collecting as far back as 1906. The visit helped shape some thou…

By Ermelinda Bonaccio Not a week goes by where someone doesn’t reach out to me to ask for guidance about when she should be screened for breast cancer. It might be a friend or relative who poses the question, the mom of one of my son’s friends or someone I just met on the sidelines of a soccer game, but my phone rings quite frequently with questions about how often to g…

By Sam Berger After voting to strip 58,000 of his constituents of their health care, Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, made a startling admission: he hadn’t even read the bill. He quickly backtracked, saying that he understood the legislation “in its entirety.” Given that he appeared unaware that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have devastating effects on New Y…

By Lynda Schneekloth The Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), a process for getting comprehensive information on proposed projects. SEQRA is important because it “requires all state and local government agencies to consider environmental impacts equally with social and economic factors durin…

By Donald P. Copley The clash between conservatives and liberals over health care reform creates opposing imperatives. Conservatives say defense and the economy outrank health care. They want the private sector in charge. We can’t insure everyone for every illness at every age. Health care isn’t a right if society can’t shoulder the cost. It’s madness to throw money at …

By Paul F. State In his autobiography written in 1821, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “So ask the travelled inhabitant of any nation, In what country on earth would you rather live? Certainly in my own, where are all my friends, my relations, and the earliest and sweetest affections and recollections of my life. Which would be your second choice? France.” Jefferson served a…

By Harvey Brody The abundance of misinformation about the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid is bordering on the ridiculous. A factual understanding of New York and Medicaid is important. In 1966 New York joined the national Medicaid program. Preceding Medicaid was Medicare. Medicare was enacted to assist folks on Social Security with support for health care costs. Med…

By Larry Eggert The recent Another Voice article by Ronald Fraser, “How New York cops prey on private property,” cries out for rebuttal. Being a former police officer, I was unhappy with the tenor of the article. The author makes it appear that the police are engaged in self-serving, systematic seizures of the hard-earned property of innocent citizens without just ca…

By Ernest Sternberg As reported in The Buffalo News and in the University at Buffalo student newspaper, demonstrators chanted, shouted down and often drowned out Robert Spencer, a controversial speaker about radical Islam speaking at UB last Monday. It should be clear that the UB Faculty Senate has taken an unambiguous stance on disruption of speech on campus. Sta…

By Nan L. Haynes Bernie Tolbert, a candidate for Erie County sheriff, noted that at the Sheriff’s Office, “There’s a story every day about something that’s gone wrong.” He is too kind to Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. Thanks to Matt Spina’s reporting, we know that among things that are “going wrong” is that the sheriff and his staff offer “alternative facts” to avoid comply…