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The headline was both disturbing and, in an odd way, reassuring: “Secrecy surrounding Senate health bill alarms lawmakers.” It’s good to know that something in the public interest is still of concern to members of Congress, and this certainly merits it. The United States Senate has been meeting secretly to craft legislation meant to overturn and, in some way, repl…

Give the opponents of air safety this much credit: They’re persistent. And now they’ve enlisted a seriously big gun in their effort to water down important safety rules implemented in the aftermath of the Flight 3407 tragedy. But they’re still wrong, even if they have the support of the highest-ranking officer in the Air Force. Gen. David L. Goldfein should know b…

It would be nearly criminal if workers doing an honest job were left unpaid for their efforts on state contracts, but the fact is that New York has to be rigorous in its expectation of contractors who bill the state for millions of dollars. Especially in light of federal indictments involving state development efforts, including Buffalo’s RiverBend project, New York need…

Uber, it seems, knows a lot about launching a wildly successful ride-hailing service but almost nothing about how to run it honestly. The company is a problem child and, given that it is about to start doing business in upstate, one that New York State should plan to monitor carefully. Hardly a week goes by without some new cringe-worthy revelation about Uber and its co…

An Amazon distribution center bringing several hundred new jobs to the area when it opens later this year in Lancaster is very welcome news. Amazon joins other businesses that have taken an interest in the local workforce. Among the announcements involving promises of several hundred new jobs: Tesla’s SolarCity factory and spinoffs at South Buffalo’s RiverBend site,…

Williamsville Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff, who might be the epitome of the word “embattled,” has found relief in a decision by a hearing officer that should end the district’s bizarre yearslong internal struggle. Trouble began after Martzloff took over as superintendent in 2011. He started shaking things up the district, something well within his rights to d…

Erendira Wallenda’s dozen minutes of aerial dexterity over Niagara Falls earned the Cataract City a bit of a worldwide splash on the fifth anniversary of her husband’s tightrope walk over the Horseshoe Falls. But it also serves to remind us that after five years of promises, there is still no attraction capitalizing on Nik Wallenda’s feat. Niagara Falls, of cou…

Despite gun violence, the East Side remains home to proud residents, many of them poor, who are trying to make a difference by maintaining their homes and their gardens and watching out for one another. They are assisted by others, among them the Rev. James Giles, the coordinator of a coalition of anti-violence groups known as Buffalo Peacemakers. Giles has spent more t…

This is one of those ideas that is so smart and sensible, you wonder why no one thought of it before. David Seay surely thinks so. Seay is, once again, an inmate of the Erie County Holding Center. At 57, he remains what he has been for decades: addicted to drugs and a familiar face in the county jail. He says he has been arrested 62 times – a figure jail personnel say…

Vacant and deteriorating homes are the bedbugs of neighborhoods. They suck the lifeblood out of what were once strong communities and start to break down the pride of residents. The problem begins with a homeowner facing financial difficulty stemming from job loss, medical bills, divorce or just overspending. The problem hits the neighborhood when the mortgage holder begi…

The Board of Regents has taken another significant step in its efforts to responsibly revise the state education assessments that have prompted large numbers of parents to pull their children from the tests. Reducing the number of testing days from three to two is a sensible retrenchment, as long as it provides enough data to evaluate whether children are learning and scho…

Rep. Brian Higgins has come up with a plan whose good sense is beyond dispute: Instead of continuing what seems like the never-ending effort to demolish and replace vacant buildings within the sprawling Commodore Perry housing complex, bring in developers who may be interested in rehabilitating them for use as subsidized or market-rate housing. What could be the objecti…

It is reassuring to hear that the Erie County District Attorney’s Office found no evidence of a bribe being offered in connection with a Toronto developer’s proposed sports complex in Hamburg. However, if town officials had not been so determined to make the deal behind closed doors, there might never have been a cloud of suspicion. Supervisor Steven J. Walters and …

Oh, good. Leaders of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department have promised to  behave. Depressing as it is to note, that counts as some sort of victory in the administration of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. The issue is the habit of jail officials misreporting suicide attempts by inmates as “disturbances.” The difference: A suicide attempt has to be reported to the Com…