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One might easily and accurately say that the county comptroller is given to big statements. Huge statements. It is this penchant for shouting that can get in the way of his important role as the county’s fiscal watchdog. His loud declarations that he has uncovered “gross mismanagement,” “outright fraud,” “wrongdoing,” “misdeeds,” “malfeasance” or worse can have two cons…

A recent story in The News about a network of debt collection companies in Buffalo that allegedly took in tens of millions of dollars a year by means of harassment, threats and deception was a stark reminder that the region remains a center of unscrupulous debt collection. A lawsuit in Federal Court in Buffalo accuses Douglas MacKinnon and Mark Gray of being the men beh…

Congratulations are in order for the Chicago Cubs and the team’s long-suffering fans. The Cubs won the World Series over the Cleveland Indians early Thursday in a dramatic 10-inning Game Seven. It had been an interminable 108 years since the Cubs’ last World Series victory. That was so long ago Buffalo was the nation’s eighth-largest city. The Cleveland Indians not only…

Something is undeniably wrong in Erie County’s lockups. The state Commission of Correction recently concluded that jail deputies suffocated Richard Metcalf Jr. But the commission determined that for days, the Sheriff’s Department kept the commission out of the loop on crucial facts of what occurred at the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo. Now the latest…

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As the dust settles on the new contract for Buffalo teachers, areas of concern are starting to appear. One is the overall cost to taxpayers in relation to what the district got back. Similarly, but on a larger scale, is what the agreement says about why taxes are so high in New York. The agreement generally remains one worth supporting. After 12 years without a contract…

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In what augurs to be another significant giant step in Buffalo’s revival, political heavyweights with an interest in the city are coming together to push for a new railroad station here. It’s time. The latest, and perhaps most significant, addition to the mix was Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s pledge of $1 million for a study of where to put a terminal, but with an important st…

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We like what former West Seneca Town Councilman Dale Clarke had to say recently to the board in response to the supervisor’s attempt to raise her own pay 30 percent: “You ran for [the office]. It’s no time to be asking for a raise after the fact.” Absolutely. After running for and winning an office with an already generous salary, a deal should be a deal. The same go…

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The 43North business plan contest, now 3 years old, is growing more successful each year in attracting entrepreneurs to the region. A life sciences company focused on cancer research won the top prize – $1 million – this year. Clinical trials of its immunotherapy technique could be performed at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, providing an even bigger potential win for th…

Stanford Lipsey (always Stan to us) was a titan in this community, one of its fiercest supporters. He was a preservationist, philanthropist and community leader in the truest sense of the word. Lipsey’s passion for Buffalo was unparalleled. He cared deeply for the history and future of this community. His dogged determination to salvage the historically significant H…

The questions asking hospital patients how well their pain was managed were intended to show where improvement was needed. But those probing queries may have helped create administrative pressure for doctors to overprescribe pain medications in order to generate positive reviews. The fact that the survey results are tied to hospital funding for Medicare and Medicaid pat…

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A report by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman affirms the effectiveness of the state’s gun laws while also posing a conundrum: Most guns recovered by police in New York come from out of state. That suggests that while New York’s laws are working, they can be evaded by traveling no farther than Ohio. But if that’s a problem – and it is – it does nothing to dimi…

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Buffalo was an important destination for cancer research and treatment even before Dr. Candace Johnson traveled to Cuba last year. Today, it is in the forefront as Roswell Park Cancer Institute launches the first American study of a potentially game-changing treatment developed by Cuban researchers. The Food and Drug Administration recently granted the hospital the righ…

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60th Senate District Christopher Jacobs should be elected to this open seat created by the abrupt decision by Sen. Marc C. Panepinto not to seek re-election. The winner of this seat will help determine whether the closely divided Senate remains in Republican hands. Jacobs, a Republican, has an impressive background, ranging from education to development to knowledge …

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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 had. What…

 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 Dist…