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Getting tangled in the red tape of bureaucracy is always frustrating, and much more so when it means watching your house crumbling around you. This has been the case for too many low-income Buffalo homeowners attempting to tap a loan program that promises help in repairing their homes. But City Hall’s foot-dragging allowed their dreams to fade. City officials must work h…

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Oh, that’s better. Last week, Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown’s purported $1 million in savings turned out to be an increase of about $3 million, including employee benefits. Now, after changes since The Buffalo News reported that discrepancy, the increase to taxpayers has been cut to “only” $1.6 million.It all depends on what the meaning of “saving…

If we’re lucky, someday we’ll all get old. If we’re even luckier, we’ll do it well and in good health until the end.Unfortunately, many of us aren’t so lucky and either die off too soon or our lives stretch for decades with all sorts of ailments and debilities that leave us virtually helpless.The care of an aging population is a worldwide concern, and one examine…

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Niagara Falls needed a way around a crackpot City Council that blocks downtown tourist development, and maybe two new ideas will help.On Thursday, city and state officials announced a joint project to help provide tourists with reasons to stay longer than it takes to marvel at the falls. Together, they are funding $40 million in public incentives as part of a competition c…

Inch by inch, the historic Richardson Olmsted Complex is coming back to life. Only a few years ago, this architectural treasure was crumbling into ruins at the hands of a neglectful state. Today, a chastened state government is funding the renewal of one of Buffalo’s gems, and last week the public was invited to have a look.The event was the public unveiling of the re-la…

A new promotional video about Buffalo offers a great retort to those people who think this is still the Buffalo of 1980 or 1990 or even 2000. In its 12-plus minutes, the video celebrates Buffalo’s street design, system of parks and remarkable architecture.It’s an honest look at Buffalo’s strengths and at the way the city has sometimes undermined them – destroying H…

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The idea of removing government from management of the air traffic control system has surfaced again. It should be seriously considered for several reasons, not the least of which is the fiscal mess the nation is in a couple of decades after then-President Bill Clinton proposed turning air traffic control over to a government corporation.Caution has to be the watchword whe…

The fact that St. Bonaventure University and Hilbert College have started down the road toward greater collaboration – don’t call it merger, yet – is a good thing and should be an example to other Western New York colleges that are competing for the same diminishing pool of high school graduates.Just take a look at the school districts in the area considering either …

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Erie County and the state both made wise responses last week to the tragic beating death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.The state’s Office of Children & Family Services is launching a review of all open child abuse investigations and the state is also moving ahead with a legally required fatality investigation into Eain’s death. Meanwhile, the Erie County Legislature has vo…

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The critical parts of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, are rolling out and, as its namesake president noted on Tuesday, the law is here to stay. Whatever its defects – and there are plenty – New Yorkers should not hesitate to put it to work.The 2010 law has been in play almost since it was passed. Several provisions are already in effect, including one allowi…

Parents and students in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will soon have to choose from an uncomfortable set of options as the district tries to cope with decades of plummeting enrollment. Many will be inconvenienced, but the district has no choice but to move forward.In the latest scenario, one of the district’s two high schools would have grades 10 through …

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So, they did it. Unable or unwilling to control the tea party zealots who have taken over the Republican Party, House Speaker John Boehner allowed his chamber to shut down the federal government over the issue of the Affordable Care Act. It was an appalling decision that flashes the party’s unfitness to govern a large and diverse nation.Make no mistake: This was the faul…

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Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown said her reorganization of the district’s central staff would save the district more than $1 million this year. Yet, after an analysis of the changes by The Buffalo News – an analysis that Brown did not dispute – it turns out the changes will add about $2 million to the district’s payroll.So what should parents, taxpaye…

The trial centering on the crash of Flight 3407 is still months away, but it has already performed a service to the flying public by adding to the knowledge of what caused the crash. The trial is just one part of the effort to shed light on the tragedy in Clarence Center 4 ½ years ago.Since the crash that claimed 50 lives, the victims’ families have embarked upon a co…

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The State Education Department has again been tasked with the job of distinguishing between reality and perception in the Buffalo School District.And, once again, school leaders are not looking good, after the District Parent Coordinating Council filed a formal complaint recently with State Ed accusing the district of violating state and federal laws.Good for the DPCC. The…