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By Michael Silverman “Michael, come take a look at this!” My wife was calling me, all excited, to the bird-watching window one day last winter. “What is it?” “We haven’t seen this one before at our feeder.” After consulting our Audubon guide and app, we decided it was either a boreal chickadee or a brown-headed nuthatch. Probably the latter, we concluded, altho…

The 2020 elections are more than 17 months away but, in the 27th Congressional District, the silly season is already underway. State Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo, kicked off his campaign for the seat that is occupied, in a fashion, by Rep. Chris Collins, the Clarence Republican under federal indictment for alleged insider trading. That seems to have ignited a spark in C…

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Given the fierce industry and government resistance to the flight safety law passed in 2010, it should come as no surprise that the last piece of the puzzle has yet to be put in place. Nor should anyone be shocked at the frustration of those who, over the past 10 years, have advocated for this necessary and effective law. Rep. Brian Higgins led two dozen House member…

How sad. I am talking about 201 Ellicott St. a proposed 18-story building, now cut down to Green Code size. Perhaps the project had too much “wow” factor for this city to handle.Now, taking time to think things over, it suddenly dawned on me. Buffalo doesn’t want to be a city. It wants to be a town.Yes, we encourage our residents mass exodus. That way we will be able to re…

Buffalo police officers issued 34,068 tickets for illegally tinted windows from 2014 through 2017, remarkable and troubling.When my officer approaches a vehicle with extreme colored tint it is an officer safety issue. There is a variety of dangerous things that could occur because of diminished visibility into the vehicle.Moor commonly, window tint is in place to conceal c…

The Buffalo News editorial board opined on May 17 that the Seneca Nation should not be “rewarded with sports betting” while “the Senecas continue to renege on their contractual obligations.” The Senecas are abiding by the compact by utilizing their right to go to the Department of the Interior, who have to rule within 45 days (certainly not an eternity).The editorial also …

Do you hear it? I do – that sound seems to be everywhere around me these days. The sound of moving vans backing up to homes in my neighborhood, moving people out of New York State, the land of Socialism and giveaways.Folks that have the ability to say they have had enough of our newly-elected Democratic majority of both houses of our state congress along with Mr. Cuomo, th…

As the “leader” of the free world and (presumably) the most powerful man in the western hemisphere Donald Trump has an obligation and responsibility to set an elevated example of morality and principle while representing and defending the broad diversity of these United States. Instead, he plays to the most detestable and base aspects of our societal flaws. He fortifies an…

Dr. Paul T Biddle who was given probation for crimes. His attorney says “He is the only victim of his offense.” As a previous patient of Biddle’s couldn’t disagree more.Biddle chose to write 800 that’s right not 80; but 800 prescriptions to an out of state pharmacy using patients and even deceased patients’ names to cover up his scheme, so that he could feed his addiction …

The first thing I read in the May 22 Buffalo News was Chris Collins criticizing his potential rival for the 27th congressional district, Chris Jacobs, by bragging about how he, Collins, is Donald Trump’s ally through thick and thin, not just when it makes sense politically and suggesting Jacobs would do otherwise. Collins is at least honest in suggesting Jacobs would think…

When I was growing up in the late 1930s and early 1940s, if someone wanted to bet on a horse race, or bet on a three- or four-digit number, they would have to go to a bookie who placed the bet for them.If you smoke marijuana, you had to go to some shady dealer to buy it. Casino gambling was only available in faraway places like Monte Carlo and of course prostitution has be…

Where are the signs for Amtrak train station in Niagara Falls? While several of the old signs remain directing potential passengers to the old station, a year-and-half has passed. And there are no signs for the new Underground Railroad Heritage Museum.And to make use of the new facility why haven’t they worked with Amtrak to make this the other end of the rainbow with New …

So, Albany, in its insatiable thirst for tax revenue, is attempting to pass legislation legalizing non-medical marijuana per numerous articles in The Buffalo News.From what I’ve read, the potency of pot today is several times more powerful than it was decades ago. I’ve also read most law enforcement agencies are against it.And finally, many scientists are still unsure of t…

In response to the May 16 letter; “Keeping the Skyway should be no contest,” this summer I will be returning to Western New York after a decade in another jewel of the Great Lakes; Chicago.I was fortunate enough to be able to hone my chops as a transportation policy professional in The Windy City, and I wanted to bring that passion home. Although I grew up in Rochester, my…