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Horsing around Canalside, poetic justice for Dylan and Buffett wins tax challenge

We don’t know if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was ever a fan of the Hollies, one of the secondary British Invasion groups of the ’60s, but he’s working, as the song goes, to put Buffalo on a carousel – and a historic and homemade one, at that.

The governor this week announced a $1.2 million challenge grant to construct a building for the nearly century-old DeAngelis Carousel that will be placed at Canalside. The new building will enclose the historic carousel, allowing year-round use.

The project is expected to cost $2.4 million and, with Cuomo’s announcement, at least $1.8 million is pledged. The carousel is bound to become one of the premier attractions of Canalside, perhaps outshining – dare we suggest it? – even Shark Girl.

Speaking of 1960s music – and ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s – Bob Dylan this week was awarded a high and unexpected honor – the Nobel Prize for Literature. Critics may – and do – dispute whether that was the correct accolade for Dylan, but there can be no disputing that his words were, and continue to be, authentically and pervasively American.

Dylan is a unique excavator and illuminator of life, especially American life, in both its realities and its myths. Does it count as literature? The question, itself, is the stuff of academic debate or, better yet, of a Bob Dylan song.

We don’t write about Warren Buffett too much on this page. He is, after all, the chairman of the Buffalo News, which is part of his Berkshire Hathaway empire of businesses. But we can’t resist:

An enthusiastic supporter of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, Buffett took on Donald Trump this week following the Republican nominee’s defense of his years of apparently legal nonpayment of federal income taxes and his insistence that Buffett, among others, takes similar advantage.

Like many of Trump’s pronouncements, it was false. Buffett certainly makes use of tax laws for his business, but unlike Trump, he pays incomes taxes, and he released details of his 2015 return to prove it. Trump, of course, refuses to release his taxes. Buffett also noted that he retains personal tax returns going back 72 years, none of them using a “carry forward,” which allows losses from one year to reduce taxes in subsequent ones.

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