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GEICO Corp. has been good for Western New York, and it just keeps getting better. Think back to December 2003, when the company announced its entrée into this area. The goal a decade ago was to create a regional headquarters and hire at least 650 employees in the first three years, and employ 1,800 by 2012.Despite a disastrous economic downturn, GEICO has far exceeded its…

The American calendar is sprinkled with dates that are fused with the country’s history and its self-image. Independence Day, barely two weeks away, is one of those. So are Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day and the birth dates of great leaders such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.So is today another landmark – Juneteenth, a date that acknowledges one of th…

In life, there are turning points – opportunities to embark on new and more productive paths. We can choose to take those paths or not, but if no one is paying attention, the opportunity may not even be recognized. Niagara Falls is at one of those crossroads today. Its leaders need to see it and to act on it.The big news in the past week is that the State of New York and…

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has proposed an economic development initiative that might be very useful in helping to improve the county’s economy – or not. Some of the proposals, while certainly worth pursuing, are largely unmeasurable, meaning their impact will be difficult to determine.Nevertheless, they amount to an appropriate, if preliminary, expenditur…

President Obama is taking a prudent step in deciding to send military support to Syrian rebels after a two-month investigation produced near certainty that the regime of President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in its fight for survival. Nevertheless, no one should doubt the significant risks to the Middle East and potentially the United States as this country lend…

It should have been surprising when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would require 60 votes for his house of Congress to approve immigration reform. After all, the Constitution requires only a majority of votes in each chamber of Congress to pass legislation.That it wasn’t surprising opens a window on how far Congress has strayed from the form of …

And, once again, the students in Buffalo take it on the chin. The city’s schoolchildren continue to be denied the educations they deserve and to which they are legally entitled.Bad becomes worse as the district makes deep cuts to its music program which, for many students, doesn’t lag far behind reading, writing and arithmetic in its role in producing well-rounded stud…

And just like that, it’s over. Years of acrimonious accusation, nonpayment of revenues and stubborn refusal came to a sudden and fair end on Thursday when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder settled their differences over casino gaming in Western New York.With their agreement, the financial gun aimed in Niagara Falls was lowered and the threat t…

Here’s a top 10 list we’re glad to have avoided. The FBI has released its newest crime statistics and based on it, 24/7 Wall St. identified the nation’s 10 most dangerous cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Three of the 10 are Great Lakes cities and two others are East Coast cities. The list appeared in USA Today. In descending order they are: Cleveland, Ohio…

It is, in some sense, the worst of all possibilities. Not only is the federal government farming out ever more of its most sensitive responsibilities, but it is doing so without the means to supervise those civilian workers.Whatever anyone thinks of Edward Snowden’s decision to disclose top-secret information about Washington’s telephone and Internet surveillance progr…

This is the story that won’t go away. In one of the most disturbing stories pulling back the curtains on Albany’s seaminess, a former leader of the New York State Assembly has been fined $330,000 in a shocking case of chronic and pervasive sexual abuse that his leaders tried to cover up.The State Legislative Ethics Commission hit former Assemblyman Vito Lopez with what…

Now what? The State Legislature on Wednesday easily approved legislation that could end the corporate structure of the Peace Bridge Authority. It's a move that could put the authority out of business, but which seems designed, instead, to produce a new way of doing business by the authority.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has quietly supported – if not instigated – the bill …

Now what? The State Legislature on Wednesday easily approved legislation that could end the corporate structure of the Peace Bridge Authority. It’s a move that could put the authority out of business, but which seems designed, instead, to produce a new way of doing business by the authority.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has quietly supported – if not instigated – the bil…

It’s time for Eric Holder to go, but for that to happen, something else needs to occur first: Rep. Darrell Issa needs to stop talking. The kook from California can’t be taken seriously, and when he rattles on about Holder and the Justice Department’s assault on a free press, he only makes the attorney general a more-sympathetic figure.Holder doesn’t deserve it. His…

Most Americans, we suspect, would agree that U.S. border agents need broader latitude than other law enforcement officials in their ability to conduct searches. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution generally prohibits searches without probable cause and, even then, a judge must issue a warrant. Customs officers, by contrast, require the ability to search vehicles and i…