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The Summit for Smarter Schools, which drew 2,500 people upset by what they believe is over-testing of children, should be sending a strong signal to state education officials that something is wrong.Many of those attending stated in the strongest way possible that students are being over-tested. Teachers are uncomfortable because of a new evaluation system that takes into …

The $11 million federal grant for ovarian cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute is just one more example of the important work being done right here.The five-year grant to support three trials of immunotherapy approaches to fighting the disease is a vote of confidence for the institute.This is Roswell Park’s first Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SP…

So far, at least, President Obama’s maneuvering on Syria – we’re attacking … no, Congress has to decide … we’re not attacking – seems to be bearing fruit. According to both American and Russian officials, the Syrian government is cooperating, so far, with the job of disposing of its supply of chemical weapons.Obama’s critics notwithstanding, this is a far b…

Into the second week of the federal government shutdown, the Republican members of Congress behind the move are now threatening to force the nation to default on its debts unless President Obama gives in to their demands.Obama needs to take that threat seriously, but there is a great national risk in abetting behavior that points a gun at the nation’s finances and, beyon…

Getting tangled in the red tape of bureaucracy is always frustrating, and much more so when it means watching your house crumbling around you. This has been the case for too many low-income Buffalo homeowners attempting to tap a loan program that promises help in repairing their homes. But City Hall’s foot-dragging allowed their dreams to fade. City officials must work h…

Oh, that’s better. Last week, Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown’s purported $1 million in savings turned out to be an increase of about $3 million, including employee benefits. Now, after changes since The Buffalo News reported that discrepancy, the increase to taxpayers has been cut to “only” $1.6 million.It all depends on what the meaning of “saving…

If we’re lucky, someday we’ll all get old. If we’re even luckier, we’ll do it well and in good health until the end.Unfortunately, many of us aren’t so lucky and either die off too soon or our lives stretch for decades with all sorts of ailments and debilities that leave us virtually helpless.The care of an aging population is a worldwide concern, and one examine…

Niagara Falls needed a way around a crackpot City Council that blocks downtown tourist development, and maybe two new ideas will help.On Thursday, city and state officials announced a joint project to help provide tourists with reasons to stay longer than it takes to marvel at the falls. Together, they are funding $40 million in public incentives as part of a competition c…

Inch by inch, the historic Richardson Olmsted Complex is coming back to life. Only a few years ago, this architectural treasure was crumbling into ruins at the hands of a neglectful state. Today, a chastened state government is funding the renewal of one of Buffalo’s gems, and last week the public was invited to have a look.The event was the public unveiling of the re-la…

A new promotional video about Buffalo offers a great retort to those people who think this is still the Buffalo of 1980 or 1990 or even 2000. In its 12-plus minutes, the video celebrates Buffalo’s street design, system of parks and remarkable architecture.It’s an honest look at Buffalo’s strengths and at the way the city has sometimes undermined them – destroying H…

The idea of removing government from management of the air traffic control system has surfaced again. It should be seriously considered for several reasons, not the least of which is the fiscal mess the nation is in a couple of decades after then-President Bill Clinton proposed turning air traffic control over to a government corporation.Caution has to be the watchword whe…

The fact that St. Bonaventure University and Hilbert College have started down the road toward greater collaboration – don’t call it merger, yet – is a good thing and should be an example to other Western New York colleges that are competing for the same diminishing pool of high school graduates.Just take a look at the school districts in the area considering either …

Erie County and the state both made wise responses last week to the tragic beating death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.The state’s Office of Children & Family Services is launching a review of all open child abuse investigations and the state is also moving ahead with a legally required fatality investigation into Eain’s death. Meanwhile, the Erie County Legislature has vo…

The critical parts of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, are rolling out and, as its namesake president noted on Tuesday, the law is here to stay. Whatever its defects – and there are plenty – New Yorkers should not hesitate to put it to work.The 2010 law has been in play almost since it was passed. Several provisions are already in effect, including one allowi…

Parents and students in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will soon have to choose from an uncomfortable set of options as the district tries to cope with decades of plummeting enrollment. Many will be inconvenienced, but the district has no choice but to move forward.In the latest scenario, one of the district’s two high schools would have grades 10 through …