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Rod Watson

Rod Watson has been a weekly columnist for The Buffalo News since 1992, writing most often about socioeconomic and political issues affecting minorities and/or the poor, as well as about local government. In addition, as urban affairs editor, Watson oversees coverage of the city school system, transportation and politics.


It always seems a little curious when some of the same people who talk about rebuilding "values," "community" and other social supports are also the ones most critical of affirmative action.They see the benefit of these intangible mechanisms and social linkages -- even demand them -- in most areas of life. But not when it comes to employment. There the myth of isolated in…

As Bill Clinton sits down to turkey dinner and tries not to gag on the question of gays in the military, the answer -- given a bloated armed forces and a budget crisis -- may be easier than he thinks.That's particularly true given what the controversy says about the structure of the armed forces.If Clinton and other Americans are beginning to wonder just how disciplined …

The Erie County district attorney continues pondering how opening a car door can deflect a policeman's gun toward -- rather than away from -- the exiting occupant. While he does that, Buffalo Common Council members should be pondering something else: the creation of a citizen review board.The forgotten call for someone to police the police was revived by the NAACP after t…

Suppose for a moment that Ross Perot weren't a spy enthusiast, a guy whose fascination with undercover work -- as both perpetrator and self-styled victim -- didn't scare the bejabbers out of ordinary people.Suppose, too, that his novelty appeal hadn't vanished as soon as he did his disappearing act last summer, forcing him to jump-start a near-dead campaign.In short, supp…

Waiting on Bill.It's the election-eve waiting game that looks for Bill Clinton to reach out to embrace African-Americans. It's supposed to happen any day now, just as soon as he gets the white middle-class vote "solidified."It's the Clinton watch by blacks who loathe George Bush and don't trust Ross Perot -- but still might stay home rather than vote for a Democrat who kee…

IT HAPPENED again last Sunday, as it happens countless times each year, almost always on weekends. That's when transplants call relatives back home, or those raised here ring up escapees now residing in "the big city." And as the conversation unwinds, itinvariably is punctuated by a "Wow, did you see that?"The "that" is the spectacular play at the most dramatic moment o…