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There should be no argument that Buffalo needs to help its many poor residents find affordable housing. The city’s renaissance can be wholly virtuous only if it ensures that rising prosperity doesn’t leave behind those who can’t otherwise afford the increasing rents. Unfortunately, that circumstance is exactly what appears to be happening, as waiting lists appear …

By David Shribman MONTREAL – When the United States celebrated its 150th birthday, Calvin Coolidge was president, Al Capone’s gangsters were running wild in Chicago, NBC was just being formed and Gene Tunney was girding to defeat Jack Dempsey. Generally it was a quiet, contented country, not all that important in world affairs, not all that worried about war or depr…

By Gabe Roth A respected jurist will soon step down from the nation’s top court after nearly three decades in office – but without much fanfare. Millions of dollars will not be spent by political action committees to influence the elected officials who must confirm a replacement. Just before and immediately following the retirement, the court will continue to hear i…

By Larry Scott The traditional gift for a 50th anniversary is gold, but when our parents hit that milestone my sister Jean and I gave them something completely different: a purple bagpipe. We sent away for a half-size beginner’s model, which came with a predominantly red Stewart tartan bag cover. My wife scoured the local fabric shops, found a plaid that featured q…

By Chris Collins Special to the Washington Post The morning of June 14 turned tragic when a gunman opened fire at a practice in Alexandria, Va., for the annual congressional charity baseball event. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., two U.S. Capitol Police special agents, one staff member and one former staff member were wounded in a despicable attack that sent …

There’s a reason why government officials like to operate in secrecy: They’re afraid of what will happen if the public finds out what they’re up to. The U.S. Senate crafted its health care bill behind closed doors and now we know why. Like the House bill passed last month, it is more interested in cutting taxes for those who don’t need it than it is in providing…

By Norb Rug Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end. I grew up in Buffalo in the 1950s and early ’60s. It was an entirely different time and place than it is now. I remember walking to PS 68 and back home again without the need for my parents being there to protect me. Many days we would jump the fence and play baseball in the school playgroun…

OK, show of hands: Who of Chris Collins’ constituents is relieved that the congressman will be packing heat at his rallies in an effort to help protect you? It’s a crazy time in America, and it’s easy to understand the unease and even fear. Given the country’s raw political division, that is especially true for public officials. But the Lone Ranger is a fanta…

By Andrew J. Shaevel Action by the Amherst Town Board to use taxpayer funds to hire outside legal counsel for purposes, “including but not limited to condemnation issues, eminent domain issues, land redevelopment issues, and litigation” of the Westwood property is highly inappropriate and could prove to be a fiscal nightmare. Since the request for proposal was is…

ALBANY – It’s been more than two years since the Politics Column was last dispatched to the State Capitol to chronicle the proceedings of New York State government. Could it have proven too long an absence, especially when the yellowed electronic card granting access to the Capitol started beeping against the monitor, and attracting the attention of a very serious-l…

Why is the administration of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown continuing to conceal video of the vicious beating of a city jail inmate? There is no longer even the pretense of an excuse for refusing to allow the public to see what went on inside the jail. The explanation up to now has been that the city was refusing to release the video at the request of the federal prosecu…

Once again, Western New York voters are being denied their right to decide who wears the robes in the courtrooms that their taxes support. Party leaders, as is their anti-democratic custom, have made the decisions for them. Continuing their long-standing practice, the leaders of Erie County’s Republican and Democratic parties have cross-endorsed two candidates for two…

By Kevin M. Gibas In June of 1981 the Centers for Disease Control detected a cluster of rare infections in a group of gay men in California. Although unknown at the time, this would mark the beginning of the AIDS epidemic that would plague the United States for decades. By 1983, it was discovered that AIDS was a syndrome caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)…

By Cathy Tallady I’ve been appearing in this column for the past 10 years, so perhaps some faithful readers feel they know me. And obviously I’ve grown older, though I like the phrase “I’ve matured” better. And I’m thinking it may be time to share my new way of looking at life. My body is giving out, my back hurts and I lose my balance easily, so I need t…