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I am horrified that a resident of Niagara Falls is living in a home roughly 300 feet from the infamous, toxic waste landfill, Love Canal. It is particularly disturbing given the Trump administration’s swift and careless elimination of many of the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policies designed to minimize the damage that we are doing to our planet, includ…

I read this column every day and I realize that just about everything there is to say has been said about President Trump. He is perhaps the biggest threat ever to our democracy. The thing that I worry about the most is that a number of people are not afraid of the path we are on.I am a senior citizen and I have lived through several presidents. As most people, I have grip…

A June 1 Everybody’s Column contributor wrote regarding his sympathy with students protesting guns. He stated that the Sullivan Law of New York State is a good example for the students to follow; as Big Tim Sullivan’s mother told him to pass the law.If you actually check the history of Big Tim Sullivan, you will find that he was one of the most corrupt politicians of the t…

The Derby resident who recently criticized three local citizens for taking developer Gerald Buchheit to court over a 23-story residential building proposed for the Outer Harbor has it all wrong. I am very familiar with this case as I was a party to the earlier Article 78 processes. I dropped off because I lost faith in New York State’s judicial system.Buffalo’s Outer Harbo…

By Judith Geer When I was a girl one of my happiest summer memories was when my mother would say, “We’re going to Emery Park for a picnic.” Emery, an older county park in South Wales, just five miles north of our home, sported an abundance of playground equipment and, in the 1950s, a carousel, its lilting calliope tunes announcing when it was open. The fact that the …

Editorials

Erie County Medical Center has made a formal request to the state asking for $10 million toward its planned new $55 million trauma center and emergency department. The state has yet to reply to the request, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo should plan to set aside the funds. The money represents not even a drop in the bucket for New York. It’s a rounding error on the state budg…

By Crystal Peoples-Stokes The history of public housing in Buffalo, as well as the rest of the state and nation, is one of good intentions but many missteps in execution. This has resulted in a system which is no longer sustainable in its current form. New models for funding, which do not solely rely on government expenditures that are subject to change with the party i…

As those of you who read my Jan. 1 “My View,” I am passionate about voting reform in New York. Now two voting reform bills have moved from the New York State Senate Elections Committee to the Senate Rules Committee.They are Senate Bill 3304A, sponsored by Sen. Michael Gianaris, the Voting Empowerment Act, which, among other things, enables automatic voter registration, and…

With regard to Tom Precious’ May 3 article on sports betting (“Gambling world descends on Albany to help get sports betting law approved”), as a consultant and former chair and member of the defunct New York State Racing & Wagering Board, I offer the following advice for free.The New York Lottery is one of the constitutionally approved forms of gambling in New York State. …

I agree with Donn Esmonde’s May 27 Viewpoints piece that our officials did a poor job in selecting the new Amtrak station in downtown Buffalo.Common sense should be a guideline in looking at the existing downtown facilities to determine a low-cost station. The new stations at Niagara Falls and Rochester each cost more than $40 million for designs, exceeding the needs of ad…

A school year’s conclusion is usually met with great anticipation of the future by thousands of students and families across Western New York and New York State. However, as a retired special education teacher I am greatly concerned about students with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who will graduate in June. Hopefully, these students have applie…

By Patrick J. Bradley The summer tourist season is upon us along with an expected influx of 8 million tourists who will travel here from around the world to see the breathtaking cataracts of Niagara. The prospect of hosting so many visitors over the next several months can raise some valid community concerns, especially in light of tragic events that have occurred in…

Editorials

Tough economic challenges call for creative problem-solving. Canisius College and Erie Community College are embracing that idea with their plan to have ECC students room in Canisius dorms in the next academic year. Canisius, the region’s largest private college, has seen its enrollment shrink by 24 percent over the past five years. The college owns more than 30 buildin…

Columns

WASHINGTON – Rudy Giuliani has become a rocket that keeps on sputtering – now on a worldwide trajectory. In Israel last week, the former mayor of New York questioned the morals of Stormy Daniels, President Trump’s putative porn star girlfriend of 2006. Back home in New York, Giuliani claimed to know the heart and mind of the president’s wife, the reclusive Melania Trump…