Urban Affairs Editor/Columnist
I write a weekly column, most often about socioeconomic and political issues affecting people of color and the disadvantaged in Western New York.
Former Sheriff Timothy Howard can explain the reasons the new sheriff should keep a thesaurus in his desk drawer. It comes in handy when trying to fool the state Commission of Correction, Watson says.
A new stadium in the wrong location will last for decades, which is bad enough, Rod Watson says. The erosion of public confidence may last even longer.
"Bar a few prime contractors from bidding on future jobs, and I suspect the problem would clear up immediately. Suddenly, you’d have real efforts to mentor and nourish MWBEs ..." writes Watson.
If our communal resolution heading into the new year is honesty, let’s be candid about the fact that we don’t really want to return to normal. At least way too many of us don’t, Rod Watson says.
We need to slow down and give this a lot more thought, Rod Watson says. Two-minute drills, whether on the field or at the negotiating table, rarely work out well.
The film from the Community Health Center of Buffalo and the Buffalo Documentary Project includes not only the center’s medical experts busting myths and breaking down the science around the vaccines in ways that are easy to understand, it also includes everyday people from Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
If art imitates life, it wouldn’t be surprising if the area’s cultural organizations lack the diversity reflective of the community as a whole. After all, how many sectors – from business to media to medicine – actually do?
Correcting those who misunderstand – or deliberately distort – what the discussion is about may be the biggest challenge of all, Watson says.
Rasheen Powell II’s contributions show what we miss out on when we limit opportunity and fail to ensure that we’re tapping all of the talent that’s out there.
India Walton’s unexpected primary victory and strong showing in the general election indicates many Buffalonians are fed up, meaning this report is landing at an opportune time, Watson says.