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Buffalo Police officials are doing the right thing by carefully considering widespread use of Tasers, and for good reason. More than 15,000 law enforcement and military agencies already use the devices that, properly used, can restrain a suspect without causing lethal injuries. Jose Hernandez-Rossy could have been among them. State investigators probing the death of the…

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Let’s be blunt: The state historic tax credit should be extended through Dec. 31, 2024, and decoupled from the federal historic tax credit. Right now, it is missing from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget. There is a 30-day amendment window in which that omission can be corrected. That leaves a week to 10 days before the clock runs out. If the state historic tax…

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The name “Elmwood Crossing” sounds cool. We’re hoping the reality comes out as sweet-sounding as the name for the project to reuse the former Women and Children’s Hospital. Right now, developers are doing what they should: listening to the public. But it’s a two-way street: The public also must listen to the sound of progress. It’s coming and it has to take into acco…

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President Trump has an ill-conceived plan for “Dreamers,” residents who were illegally brought to this country when they were children. It calls for upward of 1.8 million to be able to stay, become citizens and continued their lives right here. That’s the hopeful part. But then it exacts a crippling cost by vastly limiting the number of legal immigrants who can come her…

We’re thinking the person who broke into the bishop’s home and stole his car is feeling repentant right about now. At least, thinking about going on the straight and narrow. We hope. After all, going to jail may be the least of his punishments. Home break-in and car theft. One of those events is awful enough. As reports indicate, a Buffalo man was charged and arrested i…

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It appears to be one of those things that keeps happening because it’s always been done that way. But, however the Buffalo School District’s system of assigning students to high schools came about, it is a demonstrable failure to too many students and needs to be recast. Fortunately, that’s what the district’s superintendent has in mind. The problem is evident from the …

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In what surely ranks as one of the most frivolous debates ever in Western New York, Buffalo education leaders are at daggers on whether teachers at City Honors should have to pull hallway duty. The answer is yes. Somehow, though, teachers at City Honors believe they should be exempt from non-teaching duties. This is actually an argument between the district and teach…

Town of Tonawanda officials seem to be doing the best they can to respond to the imminent end to the 19 million-gallon-a-day “raw” water provided to several local industries now that the Huntley Generating Station has shut down. The town may build a pumping station that would provide up to 27 million gallons of water each day to five businesses: PeroxyChem, Sumitomo, 3M…

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It’s not so unusual these days to see a kayaker slicing through the Buffalo waters, paddling back and forth and maybe being intercepted by another watercraft. It can be easy to forget that the Buffalo River and its environs were not always as hospitable. There was a time when the river was so polluted no one dared get near it. Thanks to a concerted grass-roots effort, a…

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Imagine if three of the world’s most powerful companies joined forces to attack one of the most difficult problems facing their businesses and American society: the suffocating costs of health care. What could they achieve? Imagine, furthermore, that these companies – led by wildly successful business professionals who are wholly committed to the cause of capitalism – w…

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With all due respect to the architect who designed Shoreline Apartments and to the tenants who have occupied the structures for many decades: It’s time to move on. No one should have to live in such terrible conditions. The state plans to demolish the Shoreline Apartments. It’s the right decision, even in a city that understands the value of its old buildings. Signs …

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With the federal government’s refusal to accept the facts of climate change, it has become the responsibility of states and lower governments to assume the role of leadership, both in seeking to avoid worst consequences of a warming planet and also preparing for potentially catastrophic events such as befell Texas and California last year. Erie County, it is pleasing to…

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It is an exciting time to be in Buffalo. From ex-pats to re-pats to “stay-pats,” everyone seems to be commenting on the city’s transformation. The Buffalo News’ 2018 Prospectus section in today’s paper hits several highlights that are either in the works or completed, turning the area from sleepy to something approaching sensational. It is no accident that Buffalo was n…

In a well-deserved honor, The Buffalo Zoo has decided to name one of its new facilities, The Donna Fernades Amphibian and Reptile Center. It pays homage to the former zoo president for her role heading the cultural institution. The zoo’s Reptile House will reopen with new and renovated exhibits, along with new inhabitants and mechanical systems. The state will provide a $3…

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Re-engineer: It has to be the surest way private colleges and universities in New York State will survive and perhaps thrive under what one leader called a “direct assault” on higher education. The accusation stems from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate $30 million in Bundy Aid, unrestricted state money used by such institutions to provide additional financia…