Counterpoint Proposal One Debate: Full Video

Oct. 23, 2017 – Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historical Site Moderator: Michael Wooten Panelists: Dr. Peter J. Galie, Christopher Bopst, Jeremy C. Toth, Richard Lipsitz Jr. Read more: Against a State Constitutional Convention – Jeremy C. Toth Why New York Needs a Constitutional Convention – Dr. Peter J. Galie and Christopher Bopst

The “Back to School” Issue – 2017

We decided that for our third month of Counterpoint “conversations,” we’d go back to school. Primary and secondary education in Buffalo is in a state of crisis. Our school system suffers from abysmal graduation rates, rampant truancy, tension between different stakeholder groups, struggles to meet the needs of immigrant and non-English-speaking students, a state-driven assessment…

“The Poor You Will Always Have With You” – Another Reflection on Poverty

by Mark Zirnheld, CEO and Director of the Society of Saint Vincent dePaul … I have seen that offering material assistance, while temporarily beneficial, is only addressing the obvious. Increased funding and creating new programs has not eliminated poverty in one of the world’s wealthiest nations. The real poverty I have observed is a poverty…

Betty Jean Grant and Mark Schroeder – Debate Highlights and Interviews

After the first debate in the 2017 Buffalo Democratic mayoral primary race, we caught up with candidates (and Counterpoint contributors) Betty Jean Grant and Mark J.F. Schroeder, who talked with us about the issues that matter to them the most. They had some themes in common: poverty, housing, policing practices, jobs and job training, and…

Poverty in Buffalo: A Problem that Needs a Plan – Mark J.F. Schroeder

Progress in a city is not solely determined by downtown luxuries, things that many residents cannot even afford. Progress in a city is achieved when every resident can reach their full potential, when families feel safe in their neighborhoods and secure in their homes, when kids can receive a quality education and grow into adults…

Buffalo Brewing in the 20th Century: Vignettes

The following is an adapted selection from Buffalo Beer, by Ethan Cox and Michael F. Rizzo. The dawn of a new century brought much hope for Buffalo. It was the second largest city in New York State and the eighth largest in the country, with over 350,000 residents. The Pan-American Exposition was slated for May 1901…

Counterpoint: Join the Conversation

Important conversations happen every day in Buffalo – around dinner tables and in coffee shops, shouted down bars and explored on front porches. Those conversations – about political movements, development, transportation, education, segregation, and the arts – rarely reach a wide audience. We believe that those conversations should reach the widest audience possible. Each month, we’ll…

Three “Beer Poems” from Gerry Crinnin

Of Beer Here’s a tin crown fit for its wearer, a crimped 22-sided skull cap, snap, pop, twist, grr it off with the teeth, weird tiara. I have a bellyful at all times for when I take my lumps, when I break from the huddle of people and drink them in.   Bars Years ago…