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President Obama found himself facing his toughest foreign policy test to date when Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula by force. He should carefully consider action against Russia, a country whose president is intent on dragging his people back to the era of the former Soviet Union.Instead, the focus should be on European allies.Such a tack goes completely against th…

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It is impossible not to feel the pangs of New York’s school districts as they cope once again with the prospect of reduced levels of state aid, a byproduct of the Great Recession whose aftereffects linger. The so-called “gap elimination adjustment” is, as the superintendent of the Depew Union Free School District observed, a nice term that really means the state is balanci…

Consistent general maintenance of the limited Metro Rail system and its stations is crucial to achieve the vision of increased ridership. Recent moves by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority should help. But there is much more to be done.Transit commissioners recently approved the sale of outer harbor lands to two state agencies. And they unveiled a massive new pr…

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The problem of wrongful conviction is attracting more attention in Albany, and while there is still no comprehensive approach to dealing with this critical issue, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed welcome legislation to deal with its aftermath.When New Yorkers are exonerated of crimes for which they have been wrongly convicted and sentenced, there is…

President Obama had little choice but to float the threat of the “zero option” to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.Karzai’s stubborn refusal to sign the bilateral security agreement that would allow troops to stay in Afghanistan is wrongheaded and dangerous.If the United States is forced to withdraw its troops by the end of the year, the Taliban and al-Qaida will almost …

In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. “Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely over the next quarter-century,” the Hart-Rudman Commission said. “In the face of this threat, our nation has no coherent …

Just as Buffalo’s revival starts firing on all cylinders, there was news from Washington Wednesday that two redevelopment incentive programs are targeted for elimination in a report released by the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.Buffalo and other communities across New York State cannot afford to lose the federal tax credits for revitalizing vacant and unde…

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Robert G. Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has a vision for our future that has worked well for the region.It is the reason that the American Institute of Architects has decided to honor him with its prestigious lifetime achievement award in June. He will receive the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, one of …

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This is an uncertain time for the American military, just as the time around the Civil War should have been, but wasn’t. Then, increasingly sophisticated weapons had outstripped tactics, leading to mass slaughters on scores of battlefields.Indeed, the history of the American military is to be well prepared to fight the last war, but be something approaching clueless about …

Kali, the orphaned Alaskan polar bear, might be the Rodney Dangerfield of his species, always playing second fiddle to Luna, the darling cub born at the Buffalo Zoo.But that’s all about to change. The also adorable polar bear is the star of the just-published children’s picture book, “Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue.” The 31-page book has lots of pictures of wh…

Mayor Byron W. Brown has made his strongest statements to date about the possibility of taking over the city’s troubled school district. It’s about time.The discussion came up in response to a question during a board meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, attended by about 30 people. Brown has presided over the resurgence of New York State’s second-largest city. Crane…

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Is she kidding? The superintendent who only last month promised more transparency in overseeing the Buffalo School District instead resorted to subterfuge Wednesday night, blindsiding at least some members of the School Board to win a vote she would have won anyway, had she operated in an aboveboard manner. More and more, Pamela Brown is demonstrating for all to see that s…

It was an uncomfortable few years – for the University at Buffalo Medical School and for all of Western New York – when the school was threatened with the loss of accreditation for its surgery and pediatric surgery residency programs.Not only is the Medical School a big player in the regional economy, its profile and its influence are about to rise significantly as the sch…

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer made the right move Wednesday night in vetoing a bill that would have granted business owners the right to invoke religion in refusing service to gays and others. If the bill had become law, Arizona would have become known across the nation – no, make that the world – as a pillar of discrimination. It’s that simple.Those who want to discriminate had…

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Another month, another announcement. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is paying so much attention to Buffalo, it’s starting to feel like a full-blown bromance.Cuomo came to Western New York on Monday to confirm the report that the Buffalo Billion had landed another big fish, and perhaps the biggest yet: IBM will anchor a technology hub in downtown Buffalo, where it will employ 500 peo…