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By Keith Garner A few weeks ago I came to Buffalo from Britain for my second tour of the city’s world-renowned architecture. As an architect specializing in historic building conservation, I had particular interest this time in a tour of the Central Terminal. Having experienced what a wonderful building it is – and its perilous state of preservation – it occurred to …

By Chris Candelaria In June of 2014, first lady Michelle Obama issued a unique challenge to cities across the United States. This was called the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. As a veteran myself, I couldn’t have been more proud of such an initiative. At the same time I was so skeptical of the possibility of ending veteran homelessness. Many mayors acr…

By John S. Szalasny “The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit fraud,”  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said during his press briefing earlier this year regarding the state’s investigation into charges ExxonMobil knowingly deceived the public and shareholders about climate change. Proving that the company defrauded shareholders by withholding…

By Barack Obama In the final weeks of my administration, we are as focused as ever on a promise I made in my inaugural address: putting American ingenuity to work to help Americans live healthier lives. In honoring this promise I remain committed to addressing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, a crisis that is taking a devastating toll on far too many familie…

By Chris Candelaria In June of 2014, first lady Michelle Obama issued a unique challenge to cities across the United States. This was called the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. As a veteran myself, I couldn’t have been more proud of such an initiative. At the same time I was so skeptical of the possibility of ending veteran homelessness. Many mayors acr…

By Terry Jarrett As the recent election cycle demonstrated, American politics is beset with a number of polarizing issues. Among the most obvious has been the debate over coal. Where Hillary Clinton favored renewable energy at the expense of the coal industry, Donald Trump has promised to launch a coal renaissance. This “either/or” schism overlooks a larger point, thoug…

By Richard Vienne Upstate New Yorkers will embrace telemedicine as an alternative to getting care for minor conditions in the next year and are expected to use that option more than 50,000 times by the year 2018, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of available data. Remote medical care, known as telemedicine, is when a patient and a provider are in two differ…

By Rosanna Berardi Throughout the campaign and leading right up to his election, immigration has been one of Donald Trump’s most discussed topics. In particular, Trump’s plans for the H-1B visa program have become an issue not just for legal immigration purposes, but for our local and national workforce, which currently employs thousands of H-1B visa recipients, most…

By Dennis C. Galluzzo It’s estimated 50 to 75 percent of patients don’t take their prescription medications as directed by their doctor. In the words of former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, “drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” Or don’t take them correctly. The American Heart Association reports medication nonadherence takes the lives of 125,000…

By Andy Jakson One hundred billion dollars is a great deal of money, particularly when it leaves the United States. That amount of dental work is done in other countries, and it can put the U.S. dental patient at risk. Many foreign dental prosthetics use materials that are not close to being similar to FDA-approved materials, and often are subpar. Permanently affixin…

By Byron W. Brown The discussion of an appropriate passenger train station in the City of Buffalo has animated conversations for decades while vestiges of the city’s past railroad-related glory either stood vacant and deteriorating or were repurposed to support maintenance of our light-rail system. Now, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has provided yet another opportunity to add…

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…