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The Amherst Town Board just backed down from an ill-advised local law that could have created barriers to opioid treatment. It was a wise move. The misplaced proposal follows Catholic Health System’s attempt to locate a drug treatment clinic on Millersport Highway at the edge of a residential area in Eggertsville. Opposition from neighbors forced Catholic Health to look…

Talk about strange bedfellows. President Trump has struck an unlikely debt deal with Congress’ two top Democrats, sidelining his own Republicans who, by some accounts, were left steaming at the unexpected maneuver. The agreement, struck Wednesday at an Oval Office meeting, would raise the debt limit and fund the government for three months at the same time it approved…

Lilium Aviation, a German company, held a successful test flight of the Eagle, its two-seat electric jet, at its Munich base this year and announced that it has raised $90 million in a new round of financing. That might seem cool to those who remember George Jetson in that 1960s-era cartoon zooming around in the family’s flying sedan. But until new-tech entrepreneur E…

At risk of arguing with success, Western New York could do with less of the “creative tension” that surges between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo. That’s how Higgins described the friction that courses between the two Democrats regarding development issues in Buffalo. It works this way: Higgins criticizes, then Cuomo responds. Or doesn’t.…

Sixteen residents of Buffalo eased the urgent task of the city School Board, whose members must fill the vacancy left by Carl Paladino, the Park District member exiled last month by Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. That’s how many qualified candidates are offering their services to the district. Nineteen had put their names in, but one fell short of the legal qu…

A federal lawsuit over discrimination against LGBTQ students at McKinley High School has finally been resolved to the satisfaction of those who believe in equality and justice. The lawsuit, however, never should have been necessary in the first place. The students merely wanted to form an after-school club. By first requesting and then going to court to demand their rig…

Trying to understand the roots of crime is one thing, but inviting young offenders to a gathering in an effort to keep them from killing each other, along with innocent bystanders, is quite another. Niagara Falls law enforcement and members of the District Attorney’s Office took that step when they spent an hour with eight young men seemingly determined to become another…

The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is now the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. It’s only a change in name, but given its mission and the dramatic array of waterways here, the new designation makes sense. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water in Western New York, and the evidence suggests it is doing a good job. That’s impor…

By Ted Skerpon and Richard Lipsitz In his Aug. 22 Another Voice, Charley Bowman uses scare tactics and alternative facts to dissuade readers from supporting already existing economic and clean-energy engines in upstate New York. Nothing can be further from the truth with respect to his claims regarding Lake Ontario flooding as a threat to nuclear safety. The fact is …

It was probably inevitable. With the decision of some Southern states to remove statues glorifying Confederate generals, there was bound to be a run on any statue that offends someone or other. It could easily go overboard but, the fact is, the review could also be a healthy development: Who do we want to revere? Start with the Civil War. It should be easy to accept th…

Superintendent Kriner Cash promised to think outside the box when it comes to turning around Buffalo’s lagging educational system. Now he has shown just how far outside that box he’s willing to go. The school district recently welcomed nine new recruits to its teaching ranks from economically beleaguered Puerto Rico. The gathering was held in Herman Badillo Bilingua…

Instead of treating this Labor Day as just another opportunity to fire up the grill, consider what this holiday means in terms of the area’s workforce. Technology is creating jobs at both ends of the pay scale. It is disrupting the way in which we shop for groceries, catch a ride and trade time for money. But in order to grow, this region must provide long-term, sustain…