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Where we stand

Over the last week, the editorial board of The Buffalo News met with policy-makers and leaders and researched, analyzed and debated issues affecting this community. Here's a summary of the week's editorials, which can be read in full on our Web pages:

Sunday: The News called on government leaders to support renewed development of nuclear energy plants, since only they can help to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

Monday: The day's editorial called on the Buffalo Teachers Federation to drop the cosmetic surgery rider that is driving up district costs and contributing to layoff of teachers. Union President Philip Rumore has said the union is willing to drop the benefit, but only in the context of a new contract. Teachers need a new contract, but the surgery rider is hurting everyone and helping few.

Tuesday: The day's lead editorial observed that the predictable opposition to Gov.-elect Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed tax cap shows he will have to be prepared to fight the usual special interests. It called on voters to pressure their state legislators on the issue. A second editorial noted a previously unremarked criticism of American education: Nearly one-quarter of students trying to join the U.S. Army fail a simple entrance exam.

Wednesday: The lead editorial noted that while the City of Buffalo has earned the right to shed the oversight of a "hard" control board, the city school district continues to face a financial crisis. We called upon the state to allow the board to function in different capacities for the city and school district. A second editorial congratulated congressional Republicans for late-season voting based on national need rather than raw partisanship.

Thursday: The News called upon Cuomo to hold fast to his promise to reject any redistricting plan that is driven by political considerations.

Friday: The lead editorial criticized Congress for continuing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on NASA's defunct Ares I rocket program. A second editorial praised the legacy of the late Arnold Gardner, most recently a member of the State Board of Regents.

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