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With no successful foreign attack on the United States since 9/11, and repeated assurances that al-Qaida is splintered and its ability to commit a major attack diminished, the suggestion of closer relations between terror leaders in Pakistan and Yemen is disturbing. It is also a timely reminder of the undiminished appetite of radicals to inflict pain and death on Americans…

Anyone who hoped for a flowering of democracy in Egypt saw those fantasies exploded in a violent government crackdown that killed more than 600 people this week and injured thousands more.The military that overthrew elected President Mohammed Morsi last month moved brutally this week against encampments of his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood. That violence quickly spr…

It was the scandal – well, brouhaha – that didn’t have to happen. The local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind has held its annual hot dog sale for 10 years at either the old Walmart on Niagara Falls Boulevard or the new one on Sheridan Drive. It’s important to the group, accounting for well over half of its annual $2,500 budget.But the store has an ag…

Two similar accidents at the same intersection, each resulting in the death of a pedestrian, should do more than raise eyebrows. They should prompt an urgent review that leads to changes, possibly in traffic control at that intersection, certainly in decision-making by drivers and pedestrians.The most recent victim was Lisa Monaco. She was killed shortly after 9 a.m. a wee…

Perhaps nobody in Congress has noticed, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported this week that Washington is on track to post its smallest budget deficit in five years – since the onset of the Great Recession.This should qualify for at least a little hooting and hollering on Capitol Hill, but there has been none. Instead, there is continued talk of shutt…

It is easy to understand why New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is upset that the police stop-and-frisk policy has been declared unconstitutional, and easy, too, to understand his concern for the impact on crime in the city.What is more difficult, though, is understanding how anyone – especially a mayor – could delude himself into believing that a policy disproporti…

Even Mitt Romney thinks Republicans have gone too far.The former Republican presidential nominee found himself at center stage for the first time in such a public manner since his November election loss to President Obama.He addressed more than 200 donors at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party. The media got a peek at his prepared remarks – since gone vir…

The problem, it is clear, comes down to the question of competence and, more specifically, the lack of it. The leadership of the Buffalo School District needs to be spoon-fed in order to accomplish required tasks that other big districts manage to complete on their own – and even with that help, Buffalo comes up short.Something has to change.This week’s failures center…

How bad is the leadership of the Buffalo Public Schools? The answer is plainly spelled out in state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.’s recent statements.And Monday’s lengthy School Board meeting, in which the board approved a school transfer plan clearly at odds with state requirements, was just more evidence of that leadership vacuum.King said last week that w…

The Village of Hamburg may be on to something other municipalities will want to copy.The village’s public works employees have agreed to major concessions in these tight economic times. While much of the impact will be felt in the future, the short-term peace of mind that comes with this cost savings has to be priceless.The Village Board, of course, unanimously approved …

The notion that the City of Buffalo might be intending to use federal money to enhance and extend an existing trail path a mere 1,600 feet is shortsighted. Buffalo could wind up missing out on the economic benefits that following through with an original plan could bring.As reported, the discussion for years has centered on building 2.6 miles of trail along a former railro…

Childhood obesity has been – and remains – a threat to the nation’s wellbeing. From the costs of lifelong medical care to an inability to staff the military services, the crisis of childhood obesity is a gun waiting to go off.But, unexpectedly and hopefully, signs of improvement have appeared. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 18 st…

I have six siblings. If in a room with each of us, you would undoubtedly spot the resemblance: freckled face, thin lips to varying degrees. Where our likeness completely diverges is the perception of our respective childhoods. Unexpected perhaps, considering we did all live under the same roof. Yet how each sibling views the years spent in that four-bedroom, dirty-carpeted…

Whatever anyone may think of the rulings made by Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the nation’s top jurist clearly understands the issues. Asked last fall about the biggest constitutional challenges the court faced, Roberts was categorical: The issue, he said, is privacy.He’s right. The question of privacy has grown more wrinkles than a shar-pei since th…