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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-…

By Phil Kerpen According to an analysis by the Empire Center, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s scheme to force New York to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 will increase electricity bills by $3.4 billion in just the first five years. The benefits go overwhelmingly to nuclear subsidies for Exelon, an Illinois corporation – which could explain w…

By Michael Borges With the complete phaseout of the Gap Elimination Adjustment in 2016, New York took an important first step toward providing adequate school funding. Now the New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) is calling on the state to finish what it started by fully funding the Foundation Aid formula. Together with timely adjustments to…

By David W. Sutherland The overall unemployment rate for veterans this Veterans Day, 4.4 percent, is actually lower than that of their non-veteran civilian peers. Employers are making hiring veterans a priority, and it’s showing. But it’s too soon for a victory lap. As more than 250,000 service members each year transition into the private sector, it’s not just ab…

By Don Stanger Don’t look now, but Mother Nature has changed the seasons. Though fall is a wonderful time of year, it signals something less pleasant – flu season. Flu, or influenza, is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalizations, severe health complications and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu-related deaths …