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While taking undeserved credit for safe skies, President Trump should be ready to stand behind the Families of Continental Flight 3407 in their push to get cooperation throughout the airline industry on critical safety regulations. The airline industry, with the help of complicit legislators, have vigorously pushed back on the rules designed to ensure safety for passeng…

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Private school administrators should be held to the same standard as their public school counterparts when it comes to reporting allegations of sexual misconducted or inappropriate relationships with their students. But they are not. This, in itself, is astounding, as is its consequence: the revelation that 10 teachers at Nichols High School had improper relations wi…

The Amherst Town Board, in amending the town’s Ethics Code, has, at the least, provided some measure of accountability that perhaps was missing. The action was undertaken to encourage those serving the volunteer boards and committees to do what they should have been doing all along: filing annual financial disclosure forms. The penalty for failing to do so would be auto…

Getting witnesses to speak out when someone has been murdered, particularly when gang-related, has long been challenging for law enforcement and the district attorney’s office. The hopeful news is that officials have not given up on their attempts to encourage witnesses to come forward. They seem to be willing to work as hard as it takes to gain the community’s trust. …

If you think of a mayoralty along the lines of a college education, Byron Brown is now entering his senior year. With his election in November to a fourth term, Buffalo’s chief executive has set himself up for high expectations from a community that needs strong and focused leadership. Brown has been a good mayor over three terms, serving the city ably and at a consiste…

Criminals often think they are smarter than the law, but David Sweat took it to a new level when he decided to inform prison officials of the exact methods he planned to use to escape from New York State’s Five Points Correctional Facility. Prison officials had reason to listen. Sweat was half of that infamous pair who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in r…

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It’s difficult to tell exactly how dangerous two Washington proposals are to Buffalo’s fledgling solar power industry, but the Western New York congressional delegation would be wise to consider them both high voltage. The riskier one is a proposed tariff and other import restrictions on cheap overseas panels, but the other is troubling, as well. It would bolster coal a…

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Only two applicants raised their hands to take over Buffalo’s troubled BUILD Academy, but it only takes one to get it right. Stepping up were the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education and REACH Educational Solutions, a New York City-based educational consulting company. Both are willing to accept the tough challenge of improving outcomes at the pre-K to eigh…

The Olmsted Conservancy says it thinks Kevin Gaughan’s idea has real merit, but there are just so many hurdles to overcome. Mayor Byron W. Brown will have a say. The conservancy has no appropriate role in building a golf course outside park property. Gaughan needs to produce more specifics. Will local golfers be able to afford a round at the courses Gaughan has in mind? …

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Here’s the No. 1 takeaway from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s eighth State of the State speech: He’s running for something. Whether it’s just a third term as governor or a first as president was impossible to deduce, but the evidence for both was there. The second takeaway is that he’s got oratorical stamina. He spoke for more than 90 minutes, offering few details about how he …

Western New Yorkers have once again been put to the test during bad weather – this time blizzard conditions that wreaked havoc on roadways and imperiled anyone daring to venture out into the elements. As the blizzard conditions intensified Tuesday afternoon, whiteout conditions on the Thruway near the Depew exit contributed to a nearly mile-long pileup involving between…

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It is, perhaps, normal – certainly not uncommon – for the beneficiaries of high-dollar investments to draw critical reviews from their envious peers. So it is as classes begin at the University at Buffalo’s new Jacobs School of Medicine. Professors from other departments are complaining that money spent on the Medical School is doing nothing for them. Oh, well. The e…

The Defense Department must follow federal laws when it comes to reporting criminal convictions to the gun database. It sounds like a simple enough concept to grasp, but it is not happening on a routine basis. Lives are at risk, and three major cities have filed a lawsuit to force the issue. At issue is the department’s failure to report many criminal convictions in th…

You have to feel for our neighbors down the I-90 in Erie County, Pa. Residents there are coping with more than 5 feet of lake-effect snow that fell between Christmas Eve and Wednesday. It was already a snowy December for Erie, and the relentless storm pushed the month’s total over the 100-inch mark. Maybe the kids in Erie are to blame. All those fervent wishes for a whi…