Border communities push back against North Carolinian nominee for US Ambassadorship to Canada

A full third of the Canadian Parliament resides within a two-hour drive of Buffalo, NY. Why then, many Buffalonians have been wondering, did President Donald J. Trump nominate a retired physician from North Carolina as the United States Ambassador to Canada, when the role would be so much more meaningful to Western New York in terms of cultivating cross-border trade relationships and exploring ways to … Continue reading Border communities push back against North Carolinian nominee for US Ambassadorship to Canada

Is remote learning better?

BY FREDERICK M. HESS The New York Times op-ed page doesn’t often feature the commentary of a 13-year-old. Yesterday, though, it featured New York City eighth-grader Veronique Mintz’s compelling declaration that “Distance Learning Is Better.” Mintz lamented that her usual school day is filled with peers “talking out of turn” and “disrespecting teachers.” Now, she wrote, “I can work at my own pace without being interrupted by … Continue reading Is remote learning better?

Cuomo wants to slash prices on nicotine gum during six week ban on cigarette sales

Albany politicos are abuzz over an impending six-week ban on the sale of cigarettes, and some are speculating aloud that Big Tobacco — and their powerful Albany lobbyists — are, as we speak, in the process of squashing that policy initiative, which is expected to come Monday morning. There has been a debate raging behind the scenes this weekend inside Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s executive chambers … Continue reading Cuomo wants to slash prices on nicotine gum during six week ban on cigarette sales

U.S. gives Haiti $21 million to bear ‘socio-political impasse’ after billions in aid vanish

It appears that no amount of documented fraud, waste or corruption in Haiti will deter the U.S. government from sending the poverty-stricken Caribbean island huge sums of money. After the 2010 earthquake Congress approved billions of dollars to help the country bounce back but that never materialized, and no one really knows what happened to the money. A costly initiative to build housing failed miserably … Continue reading U.S. gives Haiti $21 million to bear ‘socio-political impasse’ after billions in aid vanish