News Editorial Board

By Michael Marrone The week before the solar eclipse, I decided to use the event as a focus of instruction for my class. I teach English as a second language to adult refugees. Over the summer, my class numbered 11 students, five from Congo and one each from Somalia, Sudan, Burundi, Eritrea, Sierra Leone and Burma. The youngest was 24, the oldest 55. Except for the s…

America must stop vilifying ColumbusThe 15th century began the Age of Exploration. The explorers were extraordinary men, daring, and capable of miraculous as-well-as monstrous deeds. Francisco Pizarro executed the last Inca emperor. Hernán Cortés conquered the Aztec Empire in Mexico. And they, like Christopher Columbus before them, were men of their times. They were lion…

New Yorkers should approve a constitutional conventionAs New Yorkers who have written extensively about the state constitution, we share a Sept. 4 letter writer’s pride about the document’s contents. New Yorkers are rightly proud that their constitution affords collective bargaining rights, rights to fair wages and working conditions for public employees and contractor…

Lee can be called a rebel, but he was not a traitorThe News makes a common but significant rhetorical error in the Sept. 5 editorial “National shame” by branding the Confederates as traitors. As Robert Graves pointed out in his great essay, “Benedict Arnold Was No Traitor,” traitors differ from rebels in that they receive compensation for their apostasy. Thus, Juda…

Cuomo and Higgins getting things doneAfter reading The News article about Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Brian Higgins, I began to wonder: Where is the story here?Higgins is aggressive and isn’t afraid to call out issues that need attention in our community, regardless of which political party is in power. Taking on the state Power Authority, the Thruway Authority, the NFTA …

Harvey emphasizes need to address climate changeAccording to Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, every degree Celsius of warming makes the atmosphere capable of holding 7 percent more water vapor. The energy we are trapping in the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels can and will increase the intensity of severe weather events.Hurricane Harvey: a…

Academic partnerships helping students succeedSeptember, as students head back to school, is an exciting time of year and an empty slate waiting to be filled. But we know that not every story will be a success. Too many students face challenges that can prevent them from earning a high school diploma – the key that unlocks so many future doors.For more than 600 Buffalo y…

Both Higgins, Cuomo have done a good jobBuffalo’s waterfront is a photographer’s dream come true. I read with interest the recent News article focusing on who made the transformation of the waterfront possible. I see it as a team effort. Rep. Brian Higgins got the ball rolling by helping to negotiate the power project settlement. Gov. Andrew Cuomo then picked up the ba…

It doesn’t make sense to oppose SAFE ActSo Reps. Tom Reed and Chris Collins don’t like New York SAFE Act? I thought they were Republicans – the party of smaller federal government and states’ rights. I would suggest that they read it first, or at least the explanation that can be easily found on the internet.Does the SAFE Act prohibit or even inhibit hunters from e…

Voters have to demand better from DemocratsI’ve been a Democrat for 44 years and I’m sick of the Democratic Party. I’m sick of having my voice ignored in party endorsements. I’m sick of the idea that special interest groups and political “fat cats” decide who they want in office long before hearing from the rank and file leading up to Primary Day. The fact that…

WASHINGTON – In Houston, householders were just coming to grips with the fact that those whose homes weren’t destroyed by Hurricane Harvey were covered with mold and filth. In South Florida, tens of thousands transformed the interstates into slow-moving parking lots, with drivers praying they could find enough fuel to escape Hurricane Irma – but to where? In Savannah…

Talk about strange bedfellows. President Trump has struck an unlikely debt deal with Congress’ two top Democrats, sidelining his own Republicans who, by some accounts, were left steaming at the unexpected maneuver. The agreement, struck Wednesday at an Oval Office meeting, would raise the debt limit and fund the government for three months at the same time it approved…

Lilium Aviation, a German company, held a successful test flight of the Eagle, its two-seat electric jet, at its Munich base this year and announced that it has raised $90 million in a new round of financing. That might seem cool to those who remember George Jetson in that 1960s-era cartoon zooming around in the family’s flying sedan. But until new-tech entrepreneur E…

Click here to see more of Pulitzer Prize-winner Adam Zyglis' political cartoons.

Leave a Reply