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So it turns out both cities use the Niagara River as a sewage dump, if only occasionally and usually inadvertently. The cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario, have a problem with overflows that pollute their namesake river in wet weather. Neither side should be satisfied with that. The problem was highlighted earlier this summer under different circumstances. Th…

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New Yorkers should want their coequal branches of government to function as the check first envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. Human nature is such that power needs to be monitored. But New Yorkers should also want those who are serving in that essential role to do it more like adults and less like showboats. Assemblyman Raymond Walter should take note. The Amherst…

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Buffalo is being presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve two of its signature parks. For it to happen, though, the park’s overseers need to sign on, but for reasons as yet unexplained, they are resisting. It’s time for the community to let the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy know that foot-dragging isn’t an acceptable response. The conservancy…

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New Yorkers should want their coequal branches of government to function as the check first envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. Human nature is such that power needs to be monitored. But New Yorkers should also want those who are serving in that essential role to do it more like adults and less like showboats. Assemblyman Raymond Walter should take note. The Amherst…

So much could have gone wrong, but in the end, it was just about perfect. The move from the now-closed Women and Children’s Hospital on Elmwood Avenue to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus went according to well-laid, well-practiced plan. It’s hard to comprehend the complexity of such a transition, even without the add…

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It’s not the way anyone would want a day to unfold, but it’s plain that many people are alive today only because Tuesday took a dramatic turn for Mark Pinnavaia and Christopher Kaufmann. The two men stopped what might otherwise have been a massacre. The two men were working in a buness near a Dollar General in Cheektowaga when a man started shooting into the store w…

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Buffalo is being presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve two of its signature parks. For it to happen, though, the park’s overseers need to sign on, but for reasons as yet unexplained, they are resisting. It’s time for the community to let the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy know that foot-dragging isn’t an acceptable response. The conservancy…

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Residents of the Lake Ontario shoreline got some welcome news this week, as the Trump administration approved a disaster declaration for an area that was torn up by spring floods. It was the right thing to do. Historic levels of rainfall this year caused terrible destruction along the lake’s south shore. It’s well accepted that it is Washington’s job to help when …

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If the leaders of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery want to rethink their expansion plans in light of opposition from preservationists, no one need complain. At least not yet. What cannot be allowed to happen is for the old Buffalo Wall to take hold. That’s the long-time habit of talking and thinking and talking some more and thinking even harder and, eventually, accom…

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Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed are about to sell New Yorkers down the river. They have time to change their minds and join the rest of the state’s delegation – Republican and Democratic – in opposing the clattering Rube Goldberg contraption they call tax reform. State taxpayers can only hope they will. Real tax reform – fair, well considered, affordable – re…

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Yes. Please, just say yes. Students in Niagara Falls are clamoring for more and better sex education and, given the alarming rates of teenage pregnancy there, school leaders should be rushing to comply. Abstinence-only education does not do the job. Nearly 10 percent of girls ages 15 to 19 in the western half of Niagara Falls were pregnant in 2014, according to the stat…

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Arnold Young’s sons are pursuing justice for their late father and others caught in similar situations. Their lawsuit against the federal government could change the rules governing compensation for workers exposed to radiation during World War II. The claim is a reasonable response to the suffering their father and others went through based on their work in dangero…

So, here’s an offer you might want to refuse: Facebook wants you to upload your nude photos so that no nude photos of you end up on Facebook. Really. The social media colossus hit up on this wacky plan as a way to prevent anyone’s ex from posting “revenge porn.” So, Facebook says, send us all your pictures of you in your altogether and then its systems can make …

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Although Democratic sheriff’s candidate Bernard A. Tolbert hasn’t formally conceded Tuesday’s tight election, it is likely that once the absentee ballots are counted incumbent Republican Timothy B. Howard will retain his slender claim to a third term. If so, that will provide the sheriff four years to improve his reputation for evasiveness and poor decision-making. W…

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For Veterans Day 2017, Buffalo has a gift to the nation, even as the nation continues to fall short in its treatment of some of those who served in the country’s armed forces. The gift is late in coming and it’s hard not to wonder why it’s being given in Buffalo and not Washington, D.C., but it is welcome nonetheless: By this time next year, a monument honoring th…