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It’s not the first time in recent years that Buffalo has confronted this problem and, if all goes well, it won’t be the last. The city’s economic growth is straining its parking capacity in some spots, to the point that residents have trouble competing with commuters for parking spaces. It’s a good problem to have, but it’s also one that needs to be resolved quic…

It seems as though common sense, and even sanity, may prevail once again. Isn’t it time for the airline industry and its congressional enablers to accept that Americans want to know they are safe when they trust their lives to the crew in the cockpit? It’s true that air travel is the safest it has ever been. Crashes are few and far between. But that doesn’t mean t…

Whoever said that everything old is new again might have been thinking about the Bethlehem Steel property in Lackawanna. What was once the beating heart of the Western New York economy may soon spring back to life as a magnet for large, modern manufacturers. That would put a powerful cap on the revival of a city whose decline began with the hollowing out of the American…

We’re not sure what significance there is to the emails between Sam Hoyt and Steve Pigeon. The exchanges – so far, at least – show only that Hoyt, who works for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, forwarded publicly available job postings to Pigeon, a political operative charged in a corruption case. It seems innocuous enough – nothing more than an effort to woo local party l…

To most Buffalonians, it probably doesn’t matter so much who is leading the effort to reuse the property soon to be vacated by Women and Children’s Hospital. What’s important is that somebody is doing it. In that regard, Kaleida Health made what looks like a wise decision in ending negotiations with Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. and turning to the combined strengths…

Republicans and Democrats are working in Washington to improve the care provided to the nation’s 21 million veterans. And they’re doing it together. Maybe there’s hope yet. It’s all but unheard of these days for members of the opposite party to collaborate on important matters, and it is to the detriment of the country and of Congress’ reputation for seriou…

Just when you think things couldn’t get worse … With New York’s wretched system of electing judges taking criticism even from the lofty perches of the U.S. Supreme Court, you would think the pols who play in this mud puddle would be at least a tiny bit chastened. But – no. Undeterred, they continue to cavort in the muck, either oblivious of or indifferent to the…

It is indisputably a good thing that New York State is paying attention to the East Side of Buffalo through the Buffalo Billion II program. The question that needs to be asked is how much the $10 million in question will actually be able to accomplish and if it will be spent in a way that foments change rather than papers over that area’s complex and long-standing proble…

Kaleida Health last week announced a smart and thoughtful plan to reposition DeGraff Memorial Hospital not just for success, but for survival. The hospital will no longer serve as an inpatient facility – it’s barely one now – but that will come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the forces that have buffeted health care over the past 20 years. …

Another reason to be glad you’re an American: We don’t have a donkey shortage. In China, they do. USA Today reported this week that farmers are having trouble finding donkeys for work where tractors won’t easily go. The reason; Too many have been killed for their skin, used in a traditional medicine called e’jiao, which is marketed as a cure for dementia, infert…

It’s always upsetting when a long-familiar and broadly admired figure is suddenly forced to come face to face with his mortality, even at the age of 80. Sen. John McCain is, for a second time, in a fight for his life. This time the enemy is internal. The Arizona senator, who was hospitalized last Friday for treatment of a blood clot, was diagnosed this week with gliob…

What happened in Minneapolis is what many observers feared once police were required to wear body cameras: At a critical moment, the cameras were never turned on. An officer fatally shot a woman who had called police for help. His body camera and his partner’s, for reasons that remain unexplained, were inactive. It’s not the first time this has happened. In Chicago …

The effort to replace the Affordable Care Act has apparently failed, and predictably so. It’s time to try a different approach. It’s called compromise. The problem isn’t just that the Senate is divided; the Republicans who control it are split. Their factions include ideological conservatives who want the government out of health care entirely and practical ones w…

No one ever said it was easy to be a member of Congress. It isn’t – not if you’re doing it right, anyway. Representing a district in the House of Representatives by definition means being guided by your own convictions while acknowledging that you also need to represent constituents who voted against you and who may have very different and legitimate ideas. It is,…

The plan to fix the seawall along Route 5 in Athol Springs was announced just two months ago, but already officials are wondering if Washington will come through with its share of the funding. Sen. Charles Schumer is worried that other priorities will hinder construction of the revetment designed to strengthen the road. The work needs to be a priority. Anyone who has se…