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By Allison Perfetti As a special education therapist for young children, I adore watching little ones grow and learn, and I enjoy helping their families advocate for them. However, I find it frustrating that in 2019 we still have families whose children need early intervention and other resources but struggle to access them. Positive experiences in the early years ar…

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It was a conspiracy and someone should pay. Attorney General Letitia James is the one to make sure it happens. As disturbing as it is to know that Buffalo police and the Catholic Church were engaged in a depraved and illegal policy to shield priests from criminal prosecution, it doesn’t really come as a surprise. That had been standard practice elsewhere in the country,…

By Deborah DiVencenzo A few weeks ago I was walking along the Gulf Coast with my daughter. So many thoughts came to my mind. The water is truly magnificent in its ability to soothe an unsettled soul. It’s not just the rhythmic and melodious sound of the waves crashing on the shore or the dazzling vision of the sun slowly melting into the water on the horizon, but the…

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For a window into just how complicated it is to run a school district as large and diverse as Buffalo’s, consider a couple of recent stories in The News: • Even as enrollment in the district’s schools has been declining, the number of teachers and staff hired to educate the kids continues to rise – as does employee compensation. • While the district’s budget for the …

By Al Greene I had my annual physical about a month ago and everything went well, until I received a supplemental bill in the mail the other day. I owed my doctor an additional $6.01 for reasons I couldn’t quite figure out. But, after a careful examination of the bill, I discovered that I was being charged for “Brief Emotional/Behav AS.” The total charge was $10, but…

By Donna Robinson Growing up in New Jersey, I didn’t know much about New York’s criminal legal system. Then I moved to Buffalo and realized how harmful it was. People in my community were being arrested at alarming rates and almost all were poor people of color. The tight grip of the system hit home when two of my children went to prison. My daughter’s incarceration …

News, notes and observations: • Erie County County Executive candidate Lynne Dixon drew more than 300 people to her fundraiser at Lucarelli’s in Lackawanna a few days ago, and the big crowd now bestows the title of “serious contender” in her campaign against Mark Poloncarz, the Democratic incumbent. Observers have noted that the campaign kitty of Dixon, an Independen…

By Maurice F. Baggiano The Trump administration seems to have adopted a general policy of refusing to comply with requests for information from and subpoenas issued by the House and its committees. Our House of Representatives has oversight authority over the executive branch so that the House can properly exercise its own constitutional responsibilities and act as a…

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The visions for a transformed Buffalo waterfront could have been much more modest. Say there had only been a “Buffalo Million” from the state, or that the development of Canalside stopped progressing four or five years ago, or the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation gave just enough money to put up new picnic tables in LaSalle Park and throw in some dirt for the baseball diamon…

By Stephen Dilts This week marks the seventh annual national Infrastructure Week, bringing together members of both political parties, the private and public sectors, business and labor, and the producers and users of infrastructure, to speak with a collective voice. There are few issues that bring New Yorkers and Americans together more than modernizing our infrastr…

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One money-grab at a time. Before New York State allows in-person sports betting that could further enrich the Seneca Nation of Indians, it should require that the nation’s three Western New York casinos pay all the money they already owe to the state and, through it, to the cities of Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca. There’s no way that Albany should move ahead w…

It’s Marketing 101: Do not offer a special deal if you’re not prepared to follow through. And especially do not do it to mothers on the one day of the year set aside to honor their many contributions. The people at Tim Hortons apparently skipped that class. The ubiquitous coffee-and-doughnut chain had offered a free “mom-sized” iced coffee at two Western New York loc…