Editorials - Page 2 of 192 - The Buffalo News
print logo

That there are problems within the Sabres organization is obvious to anyone even remotely familiar with Buffalo’s NHL team. Little in the way of good news has come out of the organization this year, but the possibility for improvement was made at least possible Thursday when owners Terry and Kim Pegula fired the team’s underperforming general manager and coach. That’…

Western New York shares Rep. Chris Collins’ frustration at the glacial pace at which vacancies are being filled – or even considered – in the Trump administration. Collins’ comments are significant as he has been one of the president’s most outspoken champions. Among the key unfilled posts: U.S. attorney, U.S. marshal and a federal judgeship in Western New Yor…

Maybe this will be the time that advocates find the right mix of ingredients to make the Broadway Market a year-round attraction. With the city on an upswing, the time is certainly right to try again. The renowned, 129-year-old market on Buffalo’s East Side is a hot spot every Easter season. But tired and in need of being reimagined, it’s a ghost town at other times…

It’s becoming ever clearer that the Erie County Water Authority is a rogue operation, blundering along as it chooses without regard to the law or common sense. It has outlived its usefulness. The authority is a quasi-public agency that delivers water to tens of thousands of ratepayers in Erie County. Over the years, and twice within a month, it has shown itself to be …

As the impact of the computer software virus that attacked the Erie County Medical Center continues to be felt long after the initial assault, it is heartening to see a couple of positive notes emerging. One is the absolute resolve on the part of ECMC employees in tackling the crisis, which involved more than just rebuilding a complex computer system. The hospital’s d…

It’s still more than two months away, but at least the controversy surrounding Carl Paladino’s membership on the Buffalo School Board is moving toward some resolution. It can’t happen soon enough. New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has scheduled an in-person, public hearing for June 22. The issue is Paladino’s fitness for service on the School Board,…

There is nothing wrong – and perhaps a lot to recommend – in Grand Island’s exploration of a municipal broadband system. Many Americans agree that communities should be allowed to build new internet networks to compete with established providers, according to the Pew Research Center. Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray echoed a collective frustration amon…

This is Buffalo turning a corner. With the efforts of Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and especially Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, this city is on its way back. It’s no coincidence that a recent story on Huffington Post named Buffalo as one of 10 cities around the world “That Are About To Be Famous … Again.” Many influences have gone into Buffalo’s nascent revival, but…

The contractor dispute delaying the former AM&A’s department store renovation should only be a bump in what has already been a long road to recovery for a prime downtown location. We hope. Grand ambitions for the $70 million project to transform the enormous structure into a 300-room hotel that will be a magnet for Chinese tourists may have once seemed, well, amb…

If anyone ever took seriously the ancient advice to blossom where you are planted, John T. Curtin did. As a Marine in World War II, as a federal prosecutor and, for 48 years, as a federal judge based in Buffalo, Judge Curtin worked diligently to make a difference. And whether people agree with his decisions or not, there is no disputing that he made a difference. And he…

It took far too long, given the undisputed, crying need, but tucked away in the New York State budget are some powerful criminal justice reforms aimed at preventing the compound tragedies of wrongful conviction. That makes this an especially significant budget. Significantly, among those praising the measures is the Innocence Project, the Manhattan-based organization wh…

The New York State budget, passed this month just over a week late, accomplished a number of significant goals, especially for Western New York and upstate, in general, but what it flatly refused to do is at least as remarkable, given the corruption that permeates state government. Even knowing that both the public and prosecutors are well aware of their fondness for de…

Not every family can afford bicycles for their children. So Recycle-A-Bicycle has stepped in to fill the void. As reported in The News, 20 sixth-grade students at International School 45 on the West Side have been spending five days a week after school upgrading and personalizing donated bikes. Sponsor GObike Buffalo gives the kids helmets, locks, lights and lessons on …

The problem with choosing between downtown Buffalo and the Central Terminal as the location for a new train station is that each site holds advantages that may be sacrificed if the other is selected. Whatever the benefits of any decision, something valuable could be lost. Nevertheless, there are ways to distinguish between the locations and, after evaluation, they sugge…