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By Larry Scott Have you noticed that appointment times offered by professional offices are becoming increasingly precise? My dentist appointment tomorrow is at 11:20 and next day we are due at the veterinarians at 3:05. These offices used to make appointments on the hour or half hour. I suspect there is a computer program lurking behind the screen, promising greater …

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Most people would agree the Buffalo Public Schools are improving. Most would agree the pace needs to accelerate. The question is whether the school system – and Buffalo Superintendent Kriner Cash – needs a nudge. The State Attorney General’s Office surprised the district recently with a blunt-force nudge. In response to complaints (they won’t say from whom), the Attorne…

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The Politics Column this week recalls its conversation in late January 2014 with Donald Trump, then a Manhattan real estate developer toying with a run for governor of New York. The Buffalo News accompanied the prospective candidate that day on his 757, the flying palace that makes his current Air Force One conveyance look like a crop duster. The future president was ho…

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It’s hard to blame Kaleida Health for wanting to sell HighPointe on Michigan, a nursing home that was recently fined over staffing issues and which is creating significant losses. Not only is it outside the hospital conglomerate’s core business, but the entire nursing home industry needs to be reimagined, at least in New York and probably elsewhere. The stresses in the …

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By Patrick Reddy “March Madness is coming.” – Ads promoting the NCAA basketball tournament The opening acts of the 2020 presidential drama in Iowa and New Hampshire have provided much interest for pundits, activists and voters. The spectacular meltdown of the Iowa caucuses vote-count overshadowed the close race between Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor…

By Robert Poczik People who know me think of me as a world traveler. And I proudly own that identity. I have traveled widely and offer programs to community groups about foreign countries and cultures. Readers of My View may remember that I have written a number of columns set in foreign countries – four in India, two in Japan, one in the Amazon rainforest, not to menti…

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By Eva M. Doyle The first black man to come to Buffalo was Joseph Hodge. He arrived in the late 1700s. Hodge was taken prisoner by the Senecas during the Revolutionary War era. He was released by them to the authorities at Fort Stanwix in December 1784. Hodge then returned to the Seneca Nation. He became a hunter and fur trader. Hodge established a fur trading busine…

By Bill Collins Have you ever seen a worse public relations disaster than what’s happening right now with the Houston Astros and Major League Baseball over the sign-stealing cheating scandal? They have managed to violate just about every rule in the book when it comes to crisis communications and it’s just getting started. Every sportscast and sports talk show in Ame…

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature reexamine the recently enacted bail reform laws at the urging of municipalities and law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including the Buffalo Common Council, I ask that they pay special attention to the portion of the law that prohibits judges from setting bail on individuals arrested for selling lethal dru…

I am not a traffic engineer but it doesn’t take one to conclude that Amherst has a traffic safety problem. Pedestrians crossing the street, in particular, continue to be killed on our streets. Primarily on roadways in which the posted speed is 40 mph or more.The fatality on the morning of Feb. 18 was on Main Street. Other recent casualties have occurred on Sheridan, Maple…

William Barr’s little spat with the president almost brought me to tears.Those two have been in lock-step since day one.Even if it wasn’t an agreed upon publicity stunt his handling of the Justice Department has been an atrocity, hence the many resignations within.Barr makes Jeff Sessions look good, if that’s possible.How many felons can the “Trumper” get out of jail? “Onl…

I was disappointed to see so many one-sided opinions in your recent article: “Anglers oppose Lake Erie wind turbine project.” As an angler, fishing on Lake Erie for over 50 years, I know well what a precious resource our lake is. It is right to ask questions about any new enterprise, but choices have consequences and doing nothing with offshore wind is a choice too. …

In the 1964 presidential election, the far-right Republican Barry Goldwater lost every state to the moderate Lyndon Johnson. The lesson learned is that the United States is a centrist country.We are about to embark on a repeat of the 1964 presidential election if the Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders. There is only one objective in this election and that is to beat Preside…

A letter writer to Everybody’s Column recently wrote about how the president “should run the country like a business.”Which business? Trump Shuttle? Trump Steaks? Trump University? One of any Trump-branded casino?The Buffalo News’ space limitation for letters prevents the complete list.Note that none of these failed ventures of Donald J. Trump were publicly traded entities…