Share this article

Editorials

print logo
Editorials

High school athletics puts major emphasis on teamwork. That is a quality required to make a new athletic field next to City Honors School come to fruition. It is worth the effort. A revamped Fosdick Field would not merely give City Honors students a place to play; indeed, the school wouldn’t necessarily even have first claim to it. It would also host games for other Buf…

Editorials

Some forms of mutual political back-scratching are business as usual, while others rise to the level of corruption. Then there is the gray area in the middle. There is nothing illegal in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates shortly after a powerful union donated $1 million to the state Democratic Party. The rates have been low and the in…

The purpose of Title IX, which became law in the United States in 1972, was to outlaw discrimination “on the basis of sex” in any education program receiving federal financial support. It transformed college athletics by opening unprecedented opportunities to women. Eliminating discrimination by law and in practice are two different things. That is one implication of a …

Editorials

Here’s the bottom line and, in a just world, it will color how voters view Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz when they go to the polls next month: His campaign’s attack ad was a lie. Not just a lie, but a dangerous lie. A 21st century lie. A lie in which a candidate for public office manipulates reality to convince voters that the lie is, in fact, the truth. It’s …

Editorials

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has presented to the public a plain vanilla $1.7 billion budget for 2020. Indeed, one might call it the perfect election-year package, gift-wrapped and delivered two weeks earlier than expected. Timing is everything and the general election is only one month away. The county executive has crafted a budget that, apart from new s…

It took far too long, but the good news is that New York State and the Seneca Nation of Indians have agreed to a plan that will allow for desperately needed repairs on three jarring miles of the Thruway. The rutted roadway stretches between Exits 57A and 58. It’s so bad, most drivers would avoid it if any practical alternative existed. The section of highway crosses Sen…

Editorials

The phrase “facts are stubborn things” is attributed to John Adams, the Founding Father. On Buffalo’s East Side, segregation and poverty are facts of life for which the word “stubborn” is a vast understatement. Two Buffalo pastors, the Revs. George F. Nicholas and Kinzer M. Pointer, are the driving forces behind the Buffalo African American Health Equity Task Force a co…

An article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week rocked the nutrition world by declaring there is little good evidence that eating red meat poses a health risk. A team of researchers reviewed more than 130 articles and 12 randomized trials, finding little evidence that red meat is linked to higher rates of cancer, heart disease or death. How carnivor…

Editorials

Thursday’s announcement that the Vatican assigned a Brooklyn bishop to investigate the Buffalo Diocese is a positive step, even if it raises more questions than it answers. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn will be sent here on an “apostolic visitation,” to gather facts about Bishop Richard J. Malone and, presumably, the diocese’s handling of the clerg…

Editorials

“Our country is full,” President Trump said last April during a briefing on immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. at the southern border. The surge in people seeking asylum “is overwhelming our immigration system, and we can’t let that happen,” he said. “We can’t take you anymore.” “Full” is not a description that applies to Buffalo Niagara. Our region has neighborhoo…

Kenneth P. Achtyl did the right thing by resigning as an Erie County sheriff’s deputy. However, backdating his resignation letter to the day before his conviction on three misdemeanors suggests he is hoping to preserve his chances of finding a new job in law enforcement. That should not be allowed to happen. Achtyl’s assault of a Bills fan outside New Era Field in 2017 …

Editorials

Chris Collins did the right thing on Tuesday, though it took more than a year of denials, accusations and implausible claims of innocence. Nevertheless, with his resignation on Monday, Collins became a former congressman and following his guilty plea Tuesday, a felon. With those actions, he gave the residents of the poorly served 27th Congressional District the chance t…

Editorials

Some parents may view the new state law requiring their children to be vaccinated as some sort of heightened governmental interference – Big Brother on steroids. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s about public health. Nevertheless, the finger-pointing has begun. Parents are scrambling to schedule vaccinations for children who are being kept out of schools whi…

It’s a tricky question about business owners who fall behind in their financial obligations to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency: Should they be publicly identified, possibly to the detriment of their businesses, or should they be protected, even though they are failing in their pledge to the public? Count Mark Poloncarz in the first camp. “We deserve – and …

Editorials

It was a sad day in Erie County on Friday. Not so much because Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Achtyl was convicted of assaulting a civilian — though it’s always depressing when cops have to be called to account — but because the sheriff and the deputies union are raising phony issues to criticize the prosecution of the case. The conviction itself served a valuable purpose. It…