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The attempt to remove an elected official on charges that weren’t shared with the public and won’t be aired at an open hearing sounds like it should be happening in a police state. It’s not.This is the Hamburg Central School Board, which charged one of its members last week with official misconduct, but refused to make the specific charges public. The Buffalo News obtained…

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement claim that its fate rested on President Obama’s bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan last month. If Japan and the United States could sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, this huge deal – in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement o…

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William M. Skretny’s humble beginnings, work ethic and devotion to the law is a big part of what made him such a good choice to be chief federal judge. Now that he has announced his decision to step down – but not out – we can reflect on a job well done.Skretny, 69, recently announced his decision to take “senior judge status,” which allows him to reduce his caseload but c…

The measure to ban employees who work for private, nonprofit associations from participating in the state’s pension system is an attempt to right a wrong.These nonprofits, many of which actually push pension reform, should never have been allowed access to the state’s pension system in the first place. The proposed ban on those pensions was included in the state budget up …

Talk about closing the barn door years after the rustlers have made off with your horses!In February, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg made her first official trip to India seeking to persuade the Indian government to begin inspecting thousands of plants that manufacture prescription drugs marketed in the United States.Hold the applause. It t…

For most of us, our home is our biggest investment, the place where we spend the most time and a source of great contentment or vexation, depending on how we feel today about the half-finished bathroom remodel and the chair that seemed like a good idea at the time.For all of us, The News introduces its new Sunday Home & Style section.Home & Style has been a fixture in the …

Four years after the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, scientists are still trying to come to terms with the toll that the Deepwater Horizon tragedy wreaked on the birds, sea life, waters and habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Multitudes of creatures and habitats were wiped out – and continue to suffer – but outrageously, environmental restoration has barely even…

The first step is admitting you have a problem. Well, maybe that’s about the 10th step in the case of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. In any case, we’re hoping he has finally learned his lesson after reports in the Globe and Mail newspaper about a second video of him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.Normally, you’d consider the source a little, if you will, suspect, since …

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New York has abandoned the death penalty – and none too soon, given the number of wrongfully convicted people who have been exonerated – but not all states agree. Those states bear a special burden: They have to be able to carry out their executions fairly, legally and without torturing the prisoner. That seems increasingly hard to do.Oklahoma is only the most recent state…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was absolutely correct when he told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, cannot have it both ways.Abbas cannot on the one hand declare the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era” and express sympathy with victims’ families, while on the…

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If people in Western New York doubted the need for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office to reconvene its anti-dogfighting task force, they had the lesson force-fed to them last week, when Buffalo police seized 20 dogs, shot one and broke up what authorities labeled as “the biggest dogfighting ring in Buffalo.”There are worse people in the world than those who breed d…

Perhaps now that the City of Lockport has at long last developed a new code of ethics, it can avoid some of the embarrassing episodes that have been the lowlights of past years.To describe the old code of ethics as lacking would be an understatement. The code was so sketchy that it fit on one page. You could practically hear the wind blowing through the holes.The new code …

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New York and other states that are downwind from states that emit air pollution caught an important break on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to deal with cross-state air pollution. The 6-2 ruling, with one justice abstaining, could hardly have been expected from this court.Indeed, lower courts had sided with u…

Racism is a blight on the nation in any form. It is also, evidently, a blight on intelligence. When the owner of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers goes off on a racist rant about African-Americans and the propriety of his mixed-race girlfriend posting images of herself with African-Americans on Instagram, some circuitry has broken. Or perhaps was n…

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It’s always disturbing – frightening, really – when civil servants who are permitted to carry weapons and to deprive others of their liberty show disdain for the law, let alone for the rules of decency and common sense.Police officials seem to be handling revelations of an apparent police attack on a subdued suspect firmly and appropriately. Six police officers were put on…