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By Jeff Meyer Six years ago, Nichols began training its faculty and staff in mandatory reporting of any improper conduct with students. In keeping with that practice, Nichols fully supports state legislation that would require all private schools to do the same. My connection to Nichols is not as an alumnus, but as a parent who, together with my wife, watched our thr…

Some hot tips for a cold weekend: • Kevin Stocker, the Kenmore attorney who makes a habit of mattering in local elections, says there’s a “50-50” chance he will run for the State Senate again this year. That would normally send a shiver down Republican spines. The GOP never warmed up to Stocker and was often forced to confront his challenge to endorsed candidates in …

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Two issues converging on the internet and carrying great influence deserve close attention: net neutrality and expandding high-speed access into underserved areas. Net neutrality is an Obama-era policy and the Trump administration is not fond of Obama-era policies. Net neutrality forced internet service providers to create an even playing field when it comes to deliv…

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Something new for Buffalo: Following the examples of other urban centers, including New York City, a well connected group of advocates is planning to transform an abandoned railway into Buffalo’s newest park. It’s a wonderful idea. Like Manhattan’s popular and charming “High Line” along the island’s west side, Buffalo’s park will be built on an abandoned, elevated rail …

Western New Yorkers used social media – and good old-fashioned letters and phone calls – to support a local business. And won. Weber’s Mustard has been around for 96 years. Folks around here are loyal to the South Buffalo company’s product. They love it. That’s why they started writing BJ’s Wholesale Club when they noticed it had gone missing from store shelves. The ca…

By Pratibha Bansal There are people who have deeply influenced me, unbeknownst to them, at critical points in my life. Robert Wilmers, whom I knew for 25 years, was one of them. I am a pain specialist in the Kensington-Eggert area. Over the years, my patients told stories about the innovative education at the Westminster Community Charter School for grades K-8. I dec…

By Wendy Mistretta There is a great distraction at City Honors School, and it needs to be settled quickly. Some of us have heard the rumblings for a while; however, we did not really know what was happening behind the scenes until our confused and angry students came home on Thursday, Jan. 4. Our students wanted to know why some teachers find it such a chore to spend…

By Bob O’Connor   Since we all age at exactly the same rate, why is it that some of us do so gracefully, while others … not so much? When I was a very young man, I was told several times that I resembled Bruce Springsteen. Four or five decades later, the Boss still looks good and I look like David Crosby. Old Dave did a mountain of drugs and nearly died of a diseased li…

By Eric Feldstein Supporting the success of local small businesses is essential to growing Western New York’s economy. When Buffalo attracts major employers, the hundreds or thousands of jobs they’ll create make headlines throughout the region. Those are exciting moments worth celebrating. However, it’s the everyday work of helping entrepreneurs start and grow small …

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It wasn’t an easy start for Daniel Derenda when he was named Buffalo police commissioner in 2010. Critics complained he lacked a college degree. But with his retirement eight years later, it’s clear that this former street cop was up to the task. He leaves the department better than he found it. Derenda, 58, called it a career on Tuesday after 32 years as a policeman in…

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In presenting a $168 billion spending plan on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo eschewed the usual bells and whistles and just used the whistle to signal trouble ahead, much of it, in his estimation, brought on by Washington. He’s not wrong. But he needs to make sure that he is not adding to the problem by raising $1 billion in the coming year in tax increases, “shifts” o…

By Peter Smith The Indian man laughed out loud, and insisted on giving me a $20 bill for being his guide. I had been out to the University at Buffalo and was coming back on the bus. He had just installed his son as a graduate student. We got chatting and I asked him if he would like me to give him a short tour of downtown Buffalo. At the end of my selection of pla…