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The past decade or so has been a challenging time in car manufacturing. It is a source of pride that this area can boast a productive General Motors plant in the Town of Tonawanda, where union and management have made it work. Key to that success has been Steve Finch, who for the past 11 years has navigated the plant over some rough roads. Finch has been a stellar leade…

Sometimes, a community’s growing pains fall into the category of “good problems to have.” It doesn’t fit in Allentown, at least not in regard to the explosive growth of bars. Residents of one of Buffalo’s most charming neighborhoods are sensibly concerned about the number of bars that are springing up. That might not be unusual in any circumstances, but given …

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Thanksgiving 2017 arrives, in general terms, the way it always does: with families gathering around a table centered by a turkey. A large-ish parade is expected in a big-ish city. Did someone say football? But, as always, the kaleidoscope of time tumbles into new shapes, presenting new views, new challenges, new things for which we may be thankful, individually and coll…

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This is what happens when politics intrudes on justice: A Western New York man is sentenced to 20 years in prison for growing marijuana. It was a terrible abuse of justice, as the federal judge who imposed sentence acknowledged and regretted. But politicians had tied her hands. The good news is that Joseph Tigano III was released from prison last Wednesday, more than a …

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So it turns out both cities use the Niagara River as a sewage dump, if only occasionally and usually inadvertently. The cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario, have a problem with overflows that pollute their namesake river in wet weather. Neither side should be satisfied with that. The problem was highlighted earlier this summer under different circumstances. Th…

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New Yorkers should want their coequal branches of government to function as the check first envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. Human nature is such that power needs to be monitored. But New Yorkers should also want those who are serving in that essential role to do it more like adults and less like showboats. Assemblyman Raymond Walter should take note. The Amherst…

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Buffalo is being presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve two of its signature parks. For it to happen, though, the park’s overseers need to sign on, but for reasons as yet unexplained, they are resisting. It’s time for the community to let the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy know that foot-dragging isn’t an acceptable response. The conservancy…

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New Yorkers should want their coequal branches of government to function as the check first envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. Human nature is such that power needs to be monitored. But New Yorkers should also want those who are serving in that essential role to do it more like adults and less like showboats. Assemblyman Raymond Walter should take note. The Amherst…

So much could have gone wrong, but in the end, it was just about perfect. The move from the now-closed Women and Children’s Hospital on Elmwood Avenue to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus went according to well-laid, well-practiced plan. It’s hard to comprehend the complexity of such a transition, even without the add…

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It’s not the way anyone would want a day to unfold, but it’s plain that many people are alive today only because Tuesday took a dramatic turn for Mark Pinnavaia and Christopher Kaufmann. The two men stopped what might otherwise have been a massacre. The two men were working in a buness near a Dollar General in Cheektowaga when a man started shooting into the store w…

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Buffalo is being presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve two of its signature parks. For it to happen, though, the park’s overseers need to sign on, but for reasons as yet unexplained, they are resisting. It’s time for the community to let the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy know that foot-dragging isn’t an acceptable response. The conservancy…

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Residents of the Lake Ontario shoreline got some welcome news this week, as the Trump administration approved a disaster declaration for an area that was torn up by spring floods. It was the right thing to do. Historic levels of rainfall this year caused terrible destruction along the lake’s south shore. It’s well accepted that it is Washington’s job to help when …

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If the leaders of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery want to rethink their expansion plans in light of opposition from preservationists, no one need complain. At least not yet. What cannot be allowed to happen is for the old Buffalo Wall to take hold. That’s the long-time habit of talking and thinking and talking some more and thinking even harder and, eventually, accom…

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Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed are about to sell New Yorkers down the river. They have time to change their minds and join the rest of the state’s delegation – Republican and Democratic – in opposing the clattering Rube Goldberg contraption they call tax reform. State taxpayers can only hope they will. Real tax reform – fair, well considered, affordable – re…

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Yes. Please, just say yes. Students in Niagara Falls are clamoring for more and better sex education and, given the alarming rates of teenage pregnancy there, school leaders should be rushing to comply. Abstinence-only education does not do the job. Nearly 10 percent of girls ages 15 to 19 in the western half of Niagara Falls were pregnant in 2014, according to the stat…