Good for Tom Reed. Even with advance warning that he was going to run into a buzz saw of opposition, he persisted. The Republican congressman from Corning waded into succeeding storms of protest at four town hall meetings on Saturday, hearing out raucous crowds, dealing with them respectfully and standing his ground. You can agree or disagree with Reed’s positions on …

In fairness to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, it’s not hard to see his point about how the state subsidizes private colleges. Their nature is to produce costs far higher than public systems such as the State University of New York. Taxpayers in New York already, and appropriately, support SUNY. Why should they also support private institutions? They don’t support private hig…

Pedestrians crossing a 1.7-mile section of Niagara Falls Boulevard are taking a huge risk. They know it but do it, anyway. Mentally gauging the speed of oncoming traffic and hurrying across, most make it safely. But some don’t. Since June 2013 five pedestrians have been killed trying to cross the busy road dividing Amherst and Tonawanda. Last week a woman was badly in…

Plans to launch two local experiments into space today show that this region has got the right stuff. Eddie and Elizabeth Snell are a happy-at-work couple. He is the head of Buffalo’s Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. His wife is a molecular biologist working on research to refine a method to use outer space to help provide knowledge to design the drugs of…

A good portion of the 140-year-old complex designed by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson, along with legendary landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, will soon be open for business. The Richardson Olmsted Complex on Elmwood Avenue has seen the principal construction completed on what is about to become Hotel Henry. The complex also will be pl…

The effort to remove government from management of the nation’s air traffic control system will not go away. While there is an urgent need to upgrade the system and bring it into the modern age, government is better equipped to keep air travel safe. With a new executive in the White House who has his own strong opinions about privatization, industry officials pushing …

Restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore has developed a well-earned reputation for generosity, but his latest commitment of $1 million for the Erie County Medical Center is a topper. Like his many previous gifts to the community, this one will benefit countless individuals and for many years. Salvatore’s donation will go to the county hospital’s capital campaign for it…

Unfathomable delays have hampered The task of turning a stretch of Michigan Avenue, between South Division and East Ferry streets, into a corridor spotlighting the city’s African-American history requires focus and determination. So far those qualities have been sorely lacking. It has been far too many years from concept to the still non-completion of the Michigan Str…

The evidence is clear and persistent. Whatever benefit there may be to electing non-politicians to high public office, the risk is that they face a steep and critical learning curve. So it is with President Trump. He may have been big league in business, but he is showing he needs seasoning in government, most recently through the Michael Flynn fiasco and the mistake at…

Now that the death of an inmate at Niagara County Jail last summer has been ruled a homicide, we’ll wait for the review being conducted by the District Attorney’s Office and a separate investigation by the State Commission of Correction to shed light on the cause of death. The investigations should provide the answers due to the man’s mother and the public. As re…

Buffalo, and New York State as a whole, are doing a better job of graduating their high school students on time – much better, if the statistics are accurate. The improvement reported for Buffalo last week is nothing less than startling and credit must go to many people. Prominent among them are New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Buffalo School Superinten…

Residents of the Village of Cherry Creek should find themselves the better after voting 70-32 to dissolve their tiny municipality about an hour’s drive south of Buffalo on Route 62. As the 20th village in New York to merge with a town since 2008, Cherry Creek may serve as an example to larger villages that are determined, even against their own best interest, to maintai…