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Americans can wish – fervently – that they had better choices to make in this year’s presidential election. Had the parties nominated other candidates, next month’s decision might be easier. But they didn’t, and to recast the observation of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, you go into an election with the candidates you have, not the ones you wish you…

 Editor’s note: This is another in a series of editorials endorsing candidates for a number of offices. These endorsements by The Buffalo News editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of those seeking office. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we urge you to vote and take part in our electoral process. … 23rd Congressional…

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Editor’s note: This is one in a series editorials endorsing candidates for some of the offices to be filled Nov. 8. These endorsements by the editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of the candidates for those offices. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we urge you to vote. … This is as easy and obvious a decision as a…

Editor’s note: This is one in a series editorials endorsing candidates for some of the offices to be filled Nov. 8. These endorsements by the editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of the candidates for those offices. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we urge you to vote. … Erie County voters face a pleasant dilemma …

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Thanks to Gabriele P. Ballowe, the unrepentant killer, residents of Erie County are now able to ponder the distinction between “fleeing the scene” of a fatal accident and “driving off” from one. If they are like most people, they will probably have trouble identifying the difference, but it evidently exists somewhere in Ballowe’s mind. Or perhaps that is simpl…

The Affordable Care Act is becoming unaffordable for many of the people who need it most. The response, probably from the next Congress and administration, needs to be determining what is wrong and fixing it – seriously, substantively and in a way that finally takes appropriate notice of all the issues. That will require Democrats and Republicans to compromise and, fo…

Can anyone doubt at this point that a criminal investigation needs to be launched into the 2012 death of an inmate in the Erie County Holding Center? Not only has the state Commission of Correction concluded that jail deputies suffocated Richard Metcalf Jr., but that for days, the Sheriff’s Department kept the commission in the dark about two crucial facts: A “spit …

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Here, in a nutshell, is the problem the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed with its 2010 Citizens United ruling: Wealthy, sometimes secret, forces are attempting to influence who Erie County voters choose to represent them in the 60th State Senate District. It has nothing to do with what is good for Erie County residents and everything to do with the financial interests of mo…

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The fight against lead contamination is continuing in Erie County and, as recent tests have shown, there is a need for attention. Officials in school districts across Western New York are notifying parents of elevated lead levels in water fountains and taps. The announcements in Williamsville, Clarence, Depew, North Collins, Orchard Park, Lackawanna and Silver Creek – w…

Western New York has produced many notable Americans, though few – if any – were as necessary and influential as William J. “Wild Bill” Donovan, the man who led the Office of Strategic Services in its secret war against Nazi Germany. His fame and place in history are secure, but he wouldn’t have them without the bravery and resourcefulness of OSS agents who ri…

Good for Chris Collins. Although the congressman from Clarence remains a devoted supporter of Donald Trump, he had the wisdom to see that Trump was threatening to upend confidence in our democracy with his reckless and unfounded claims of a “rigged” election and his threat not to accept the results of the November vote. With his comments, Collins joined a chorus of …

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In one of the most unexpected and frankly hopeful developments in this stressful period in American policing, the president of the nation’s largest police organization this week issued a formal apology to the nation’s minorities for the profession’s “historical mistreatment of communities of color.” It was a brave and important step by Wellesley, Mass., Police…

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Again, Buffalo is having to say goodbye to Donna Fernandes. More than anyone else, she made the Buffalo Zoo what it is today, a modern, expanding zoological park that is among the primary attractions of the New Buffalo. Fernandes announced Thursday that she will retire as president and CEO of the zoo, causing heartburn among the zoo’s human supporters and possibly amo…

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Again, the Erie County Holding Center is at the center of controversy relating to inept or indifferent management. This time it involved what a state investigation has labeled as a homicide. More changes are required, at least in policies and likely in leadership. Richard Metcalf Jr. was a difficult prisoner, perhaps mentally ill or under the influence of drugs. He exhi…

Critics call it “mission creep” and it’s a good way to describe the idea of allowing the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to purchase the Clement Mansion in Buffalo and become landlord to nonprofit agencies. The mansion is one of the most spectacular along the Millionaire’s Row of Delaware Avenue. It is home to the Red Cross and is an expensive address. T…