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By Michael J. Billoni Mayor Byron W. Brown gladly accepted Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 million challenge to submit a location for a new train terminal here and appointed a “blue ribbon panel to study the question over the next six months.” The choices are Canalside, Larkinville and the historic Central Terminal. Positives and negatives abound for each, and as a lifelon…

By Bryan Ball To lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, President-elect Donald Trump brings great anxiety. Like many marginalized communities denigrated during the campaign, the loss of the election for the LGBT community is more than Hillary Clinton. For LGBT Americans, dealing with hate is a reality. This year, we saw our community targeted during th…

By Mary Jo Butler In New York State, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are paying a heavy price for the governor’s refusal to authorize the funding necessary for their well-being. Years of underfunding have resulted in thousands of people currently being without supportive housing and day treatment programs. Neither is New York providing …

By Peter J. Eliopoulos and JoAnn Falletta If you’ve ever attended a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performance, you’ve experienced firsthand how the talents of our orchestra’s musicians contribute to the quality of life in our community. Less, however, is known about the impact our musicians, and their music, make on childhood growth and development. These are not in…

By William Lambers Imagine a mystery guest coming to your Thanksgiving dinner, one you have never met. After World War II, that is what happened in thousands of American households. But it was an imaginary guest, one of the world’s hungry. The “silent guest” campaign of 1947-48 asked Americans to open up their hearts and share their Thanksgiving bounty. Gov. Rober…

By Ellen Banks If you voted for president in New York State, whether you celebrated or mourned the result, each person’s vote in Wyoming was worth about three times as much as yours. Wyoming’s population is about 70 percent of Erie County’s. In the states with largest populations, each electoral vote represents 600,000 to 700,000 people, while in the three smallest s…

By Mona Chitre Prescription drugs to manage diabetes are rising in price at rates that are five to seven times faster than the price of food, housing, electricity, medical care and all prescription drugs combined, according to a new report from Univera Healthcare. Diabetes medications have increased in cost by an average of 42.6 percent from 2012 to 2015. By the end …

By Jodi Yorio Finlayson On Nov. 15, The Buffalo News ran an article about the report titled: “The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo’s Great Opportunity,” which examined racial disparities in the region. A key area to consider is a poverty of reading material. Studies have shown that a large part of the reason why children living in socioeconomic disadvantage also be…

By John Tomassi After spending millions on a failed campaign to expand upstate, it is no surprise to see Uber and Lyft gearing up to lobby against common-sense regulation in the 2017 session. Before the ride-sharing giants spread their message of corporate entitlement at the Capitol, lawmakers must consider how unregulated ride-sharing could permanently damage the upsta…

By Allan Stevo As everyone turns to the “Not My President” protests, an important window of opportunity is closing. Donald Trump came along as an independent candidate and smashed the two-party system. Sure, he hijacked one of the two major parties to do it, so he seems “Republican,” but the guy is a lot like a Bill Clinton Democrat circa 1996. Something special h…

By Carol Podgorski With the open enrollment period for 2017 health insurance coverage upon us, I once again lament that family therapy is seldom included as a covered mental health service in the benefit packages offered by many employers. This, in turn, prevents many insurance companies from adding marriage and family therapists (MFTs) to their provider panels. Thus…

By Carl Tobias On March 15, President Obama nominated Kathleen Sweet, a longtime Buffalo lawyer, for a vacancy on the Western District of New York federal court. She is a well-qualified, mainstream nominee who enjoys the powerful support of New York Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sweet’s nomination on …

By Kean W. Stimm The forward-thinking vision for New York State by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hardly “green fantasy,” as suggested by Phil Kerpen in a recent Another Voice column, because enormous engineering breakthroughs for solar and wind power now make these energy sources practical and economical. Ten years ago, Kerpen’s remarks would have been true. Today, however, n…

By Kevin Bremer Today, communities large and small will celebrate recycling with America Recycles Day. It is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States. There is plenty to celebrate. Over the past 30 years, recycling has become a part of daily life in America. It is a virtue that we teach our children. Today, 90 percent of Am…

Christina L. Vair In the not-so-distant past, all beer was craft – produced in small quantities, utilizing locally sourced ingredients, tied inextricably to the season and created to be shared in community. From the first known written beer recipe to Colonial America, women were intimately involved in the brewing process. With the advent of beer as commodity, a cash-…