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As with just about everything else regarding education in Buffalo, the matter of teacher absenteeism is a frustrating head-scratcher. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, teachers in the Buffalo School District simultaneously posted some of the nation’s worst and best rates of attendance in the 2012-13 school year. It’s atrocious, and it’s terrific. The…

And, again, New York can’t find a way to pay RiverBend construction workers on time. For the second time this year, the state is behind on compensating the contractors who are building the gigantic SolarCity factory in South Buffalo. There is an explanation, but it’s not an excuse. This time, at least, no workers are walking off the job. But the state’s problems shou…

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz sensibly wants to end the practice of treating runaway children as criminals. Instead of punitive measures that exist now, the focus would shift to solving the problems that led to running away. That shift requires the County Legislature to approve the cost of a full-time probation officer to search for missing youths. The officer’s …

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The issue is settled – as settled as any constitutional question ever is, anyway – so Donald Trump’s proposal to imprison or strip citizenship from anyone who burns the American flag is not just offensive, but a nonstarter. That’s appropriate, even acknowledging that burning the flag of the nation that provides unparalleled freedom and opportunity is deplorable. But tha…

It is easy to empathize with residents living near the former Bethlehem Steel plant. The facility burned furiously for days, sending plumes of smoke billowing into the air. Residents were alarmed when they returned to their homes to find them stinking of smoke with soot everywhere. They are rightly concerned about what is in the air they’re breathing and the soot they’r…

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Here’s what everyone, including President-elect Donald Trump, needs to do regarding the recount of votes in three states: Take a deep breath and let it happen. This is all a part of the process. It was so when voting in Florida was close in the election of 2000 and it is so today, given Hillary Clinton’s significant lead in the popular vote and question marks regarding …

How many people can remember when the place we call Canalside was waste ground dominated by the hulk of Memorial Auditorium? Now thousands upon thousands of people make their way there, swaying to the tunes of their favorite band, thumbing through craft offerings at a popup stand, strolling over to the ice cream hut and hopping aboard a water taxi, tour boat or watercra…

President-elect Donald J. Trump is drawing criticism and praise from all corners of the political spectrum as he works to fill out his administration. One name that has arisen is that of onetime campaign rival Dr. Ben Carson. We agree he should be in the mix, although not necessarily as a Cabinet officer. He should be in the Trump administration in some capacity that wo…

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It’s hard to imagine anyone outside Cuba shedding a tear for Fidel Castro, the man who abused the rights of Cubans for more than a half-century. He was not only a despot but, for the past 25 years, an anachronism. Nevertheless, he also drove U.S. policy, with American presidents buying into a trade embargo that didn’t apply to other countries with leaders equally as des…

The transformation that has taken place at the base of the new University at Buffalo Medical School on Main Street is a mark of pride for the area. The Allen-Medical Campus Metro Station sits as the gateway to the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It will serve thousands of users in the near future – next year, in fact, when the Medical School is completed. So …

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The days when railroad trains coursed through small villages and towns have been largely relegated to the past. Left in place throughout the nation is a patchwork of railroad tracks. There has been a growing movement to reclaim these rails and convert them into trails, where people can safely converge to walk themselves, their dogs and ride bicycles. It is in that sp…

It’s a friendly reminder that in purchasing products, it’s always, “Buyer beware.” News reports warn there may not be any aloe vera in that aloe vera gel. Huge disappointment to many Americans counting on a bit of help in getting that smooth, supple skin depicted in advertisements. Not so much. Samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at national retailers such as Walm…

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If more validation was needed about Buffalo’s big heart and the benefits it confers, America’s ambassador to the United Nations has provided it. Buffalo is not only a welcoming city, Samantha Power observed during a visit here Tuesday, but it is an example for other areas to follow. “Our country has a lot to learn from this ‘City of Good Neighbors,’ ” she said. Not onl…

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For those who can remember the excitement of Christmas morning and the blizzard of wrapping paper unceremoniously freed from its bondage, imagine the morning bereft of gifts or of a holiday feast that didn’t arrive. Imagine the child with nothing listening to friends describe their crush of presents. The News Neediest Fund aims to be sure that never happens in Western N…

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It is a travesty that the nomination of Kathleen M. Sweet as U.S. District Court judge has been left to languish. Justice is not being served. Instead, the court is limping along with one of its four judgeships unfilled. Were it not for the civic-mindedness of senior judges who could have retired, the situation would be much more critical. Senate Majority Leader Mitch …