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It’s time to start thinking about the information that courses through the internet, and examining if there is an acceptable way to better monitor, track or restrict messaging that is meant to incite or instigate crimes such as the recent terror attacks in England. It won’t be an easy task in an open society where First Amendment freedoms are properly cherished, but…

As we close in on summertime and warmer weather, thoughts of beaches and barbecues fill the minds of Western New Yorkers. But let’s not forget about those who need our help. The Catholic Charities annual campaign has reached only  91 percent of its $11 million goal. The Buffalo Diocese is warning that the fundraising campaign scheduled to last until June 30 may fall …

There’s a new player coming to Erie County’s economic landscape, one that will put some 1,500 people to work and that simultaneously underscores the need for the new workforce development project undertaken and led by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Strategic Financial Solutions, a debt consolidation company, will open an office on Lawrence Bell Drive in Amherst la…

It was a day like any other, sadly enough. A man identified only as J.P. died of an opioid overdose. When he was found, the needle was still stuck in his arm. In this case, as in some others, the person suspected of selling the drug, which was spiked with the deadly synthetic, fentanyl, was arrested. Maria K. Mestre is accused of the sale but not the death, although it …

Protecting lake sturgeon, an ancient fish that resembles a dinosaur, is important to this region because of the vital role it can play in demonstrating the overall health and diversity of the Great Lakes. The work by state and federal biologists to capture and tag about three dozen sturgeon in the channel between the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Buffalo and the city’s …

States taking steps to make sure citizens have health insurance are performing a great public service. It may be a costly stance to take, but one well worth the bill if it means those living above the Medicaid threshold will have coverage. New York counts itself among states whose leaders have taken a hard stance against the pushback on the Affordable Care Act, Presiden…

After a horrific death and $3.2 million in lawsuit settlements, you’d think the state of New York would hustle a bit to fix a desperately dangerous stretch of roadway. But you’d be wrong. A short stretch of Route 63 that runs through the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is today what it was on Dec. 26, 2013. That’s when David M. Russo died after his car slid on a…

The Federal Communications Commission must put an end to the growing and deeply annoying practice of ringless voicemail messages, a technology that allows a telemarketer to insert voicemails into cellphones without the phone ringing. As reported in the New York Times, a ringless voice mail provider has asked the FCC to exempt these ringless robocalls from consumer prote…

Tesla’s strategy for developing and selling innovative solar roofs appears to be trending in the right direction, which is good news for Western New York. The fortunes of Tesla, led by forward-thinking CEO Elon Musk, will have a direct effect on the fortunes of many in this region. The company’s RiverBend factory in South Buffalo, which is expected to open later …

There are problems within the nation’s air traffic control system. Pilots, airlines and members of both political parties acknowledge it. But that doesn’t mean a critical agency, responsible for safely guiding airplanes in the United States, should be farmed out to a private company, even a nonprofit one. This is a bad idea. The concept is simple: Public safety i…

It’s been a longer time than most people anticipated, but the good news arrived last week: The sale of the historic Trico building on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has been completed. Up next, if plans work out, is the sprawling building’s conversion into apartments, a hotel and commercial space. The mammoth structure has defied efforts to return it…

A merger of Erie Community College with Niagara County Community College, two institutions with declining enrollment and the budget problems that brings, is an idea worthy of serious study. Former Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra says the timing – each school is looking for a new president – is ideal for a merger. Giambra, a longtime advocate for consolidating …

In a creative decision patterned on a record of forward-thinking approaches to serious social problems, Buffalo has created the nation’s first court focused on intervening in the lives of those addicted to opiates. It’s bound to be a valuable component in the life-and-death effort to combat a national crisis that is playing out daily in Western New York. Like simila…