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My fellow Buffalonians —

The Buffalo Chronicle is committed to telling you the stories that Warren Buffet and his political regime don’t want you to hear. With his ownership of The Buffalo News, Buffet controls New York State’s political establishment. Under normative circumstances, Western New York’s decades long decline would wrought enormous political instability and would undermine the state’s entrenched colonial policies: the extracting our region’s natural resource wealth; the imposing high taxes without meaningful representation; and the burdening our long stagnant economy with excessive regulatory burdens that keep us in chains.

Buffalo’s decline was exacerbated by policies of industrial restructuring, the vertical disintegration of industrial production, allegedly ‘free’ trade, off-shoring, the collapse of American manufacturing, and a culture of labor militancy — all policies congruent with Buffet’s investment interests, and those of the class of billionaires who own and operate our politicians.

Therein lies our mission: to reclaim our region’s political influence by reigniting a genuine public discourse on the issues most critical to our city’s reemergence. While the role of independent, community driven journalism has a profound democratizing effect on our politics and our public discourse – it will only exist with the support of inspired civic leadership, enlightened small businesses, and concerned philanthropists who know that Buffalo deserves much better.

At this inflection point in our city’s history, it is more important than ever that we prevent our overlords in Albany from making the same mistakes they’ve made decade after decade. That will only be accomplished with an unrelenting, unapologetic, unowned source of journalism that puts the interests and perspective of ordinary Buffalonians first.

In that spirit, I present to you, The Chronicle. It is my sincere hope that you will join me in this mission, and that you will support our publication. Please make a contribution in support of our mission today. ˜

Best wishes always,

Matthew Ricchiazzi

Founder & Publisher