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By Thomas Edwards As the statewide advocacy organization for retailers of all sizes in the wine and spirits industry, I want to clarify some clear misperceptions about the lawsuit recently filed by Premium Wine & Spirits against the State Liquor Authority (SLA) and a liquor store in the Buffalo area. First, there have been comments that the lawsuit was filed beca…

By Mary Anne Lystad The article in The Buffalo News Nov. 25 regarding the closing of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge has left a number of individuals upset and sickened. The closing of Hope Lodge will leave a huge hole in the Buffalo community. I am a cancer survivor and a caregiver and have been volunteering at Hope Lodge for over five years. I have volunte…

By Ramona Edelin Those of us reading this column won’t be here to witness the dawn of the next century, but some of the children in our public schools today will. We have aspirations how we want our cities – especially their urban cores – and nation and world to change, so our children will be better off. And as we mark the close of one administration and transition …

By Mark Bartholomew Last week, The Buffalo News reported that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority plans to sell naming rights for its rail stations and the rail line as a whole. NFTA officials pointed to the need for funds to improve outdated equipment. They also cited similar deals already negotiated by transit agencies in big cities like New York and Phil…

By Robert Cook We are in a place of change here in our fair city. Though change is an ongoing occurrence, it seems much more dramatic at this time in our history. Whenever a household/community/city/region experiences change, there can be great fear or apprehension. The bigger the change, the greater the fear. There are things to fear if we are not shaping that chang…

By Larry Beahan Sunshine is the new crop that is being harvested in Wheatfield. Recently a contingent of us from the Sierra Club Niagara Group attended a meeting of the Wheatfield Town Board. We had reviewed the draft solar panel law that was to be considered. It was a good law intended to reap the energy benefit of non-polluting, free and plentiful sunshine while…

By Philip Wilcox Whether or not an avalanche of scientific experts is wrong about climate change and it is in fact a hoax, I don’t think anyone will argue that there is a finite supply of fossil fuels. Estimates vary, but multiple decades for sure. Fossil fuels are a critical part of our global and U.S. economies, yet have been regarded by some as a scourge that must…

By Aaron Bartley The surge of development in Buffalo presents new opportunities, but also new challenges. The word is out about ​the city’s charming neighborhoods and vibrant waterfront, and we’re attracting newcomers at a rate not seen since World War II.  One consequence is a crisis that would have been unimaginable a few years ago:  higher housing costs in every part…

By Paul F. State When the British forces surrendered to George Washington’s rebels at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781, American tradition holds that the vanquished army’s band played “The World Turned Upside Down.” It is a ballad eminently playable to describe the state of the Western alliance at the end of 2016. For the first time since its inception in 1949, the Nor…

By Martin Littlefield The Buffalo News recently published an editorial stating that overly restrictive zoning regulations block growth that the city needs. Relative to the Elmwood Village, it goes on to say: “The Green Code – which has not yet taken effect – tightens height restrictions from the current reasonable limit of five stories.” This latter statement is inco…

By Matthew Bartels If you could play the lottery and know many of the winning numbers in advance, wouldn’t you go out of your way to get a ticket? Well, the makers of this year’s flu vaccine had some inside information: They used global tracking and predictive reasoning to choose targeted strains of the flu for this year’s vaccine, and they nailed it! Univera Heal…

By Mark Diegelman There has been much commentary recently about wind farms. A proposed windmill farm in Niagara and Orleans counties is drawing a lot of criticism over aesthetics, possible health effects and environmental and economic issues. And, as reported in The Buffalo News on Nov. 30, Rep. Chris Collins has introduced a bill in Congress to stop the wind farm plann…

By Joel and Renee Siepierski A year ago, our son was asked to leave an after-school program near our home. We had chosen this program because it was small, close to where we lived and located in our daughter’s community-based school. We hoped our children, only a year apart in age, would be able to spend time together and support one another after moving into a new comm…

By Craig W. Turner In 1996, the City of Buffalo won the prestigious All-America City Award presented through the National Civic Foundation. In 2002, the Buffalo Niagara region as a whole captured the national award again. To this day, visitors approaching the city via the Thruway from both east and west are greeted with a sign: “Welcome to Buffalo – An All-America C…

By Roger Barth The combination of a federal push for big industrial wind projects, the New York State mandates for 50 percent renewables by 2030 and tax incentives, tax subsidies and other financial carrots have created a strong corporate drive for industrial wind projects all over rural New York. Corporate sales people are trying to entice landowners in small towns …