How is Erie Community College’s financial health?

This blog has chronicled in many posts the financial issues involved in the management of Erie Community College (aka SUNY Erie). With an annual budget of more than $105 million and a heavy investment of public funds in the institution, it’s an important question.

Like most other colleges in Western New York, ECC has struggled with declining enrollments. Reasons include a smaller pipeline of students in the area and a healthy economy. There’s not much that can be done with the area’s demographics. And a healthy local economy should be cheered, even though historically enrollment drops when people have jobs and are less in need of boosting their educational credentials. Continue reading

So a developer comes along and …

Western New York has been having a great run with getting public and private development off the drawing boards and into reality. Kind of makes you want to start singing “Buffalo’s got the spirit, talking proud, talking proud.”

For those of you under the age of 40, that was a community spirit song beaten into our memories in the early 1980’s in endless television commercials. The fact is, there wasn’t quite so much to be proud of at that time. You could probably say that we hadn’t even hit bottom yet. Continue reading

Make the Church Great Again

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Richard J. Malone, has been under siege for the way the Diocese has been handling the sex abuse scandals that are rocking the Church locally, nationally and internationally. The problems are substantial, and they are far from being resolved.

Bishop Malone on June 8th held the first of what is referred to as a listening tour to learn the feelings of Church members. The first session was at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville. That’s my home parish and I attended the event. Continue reading

While Republicans stand by silently, Trump signals his willingness to break the law again; the Democratic primary

Donald Trump last week once again told the world that he is willing to break the law. Evil doers around the world smirked.  Republicans throughout the United States mostly observed the latest instance of Trump’s above-the-law attitude in silence.

As Paul Simon sang, “Fools” said I, “You do not know Silence like a cancer grows…” Continue reading

So what do you think? Here’s a really, really early voting opportunity

The Democratic presidential field is very crowded, with 24 candidates. The Republican presidential field, not so much, with Donald Trump and Bill Weld. One guy is thinking of running as an independent candidate. There are lots of campaign issues out there, but which ones are really important? Time to take a little look.

This post is asking you to take a couple minutes to weigh in on the candidates and the issues of the day. There are also a couple sports questions at the end.  Check back to see how the poll is going. Continue reading