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It’s good that someone is stating the obvious: The plan to upgrade rather than relocate the Williamsville toll barrier makes no sense. It’s a hindrance to motorists and a “commuter tax” on local users.Town of Clarence Councilman Bernard Kolber offered a resolution last week calling on the Thruway Authority to drop $14 million in planned improvements to the barrier and, ins…

New York is moving against abusive debt collectors and, while that is good news anywhere in the state, it is especially so in Buffalo, which has grown a debt collection industry that law enforcement and consumer groups say is rife with abuses.How bad is it? Employees of some agencies have falsely – and illegally – claimed to be lawyers, sometimes threatening to have debtor…

When it comes to applying for state funding, the Buffalo School District seems to have difficulty getting it right the first time. Or, in some cases, the second or third time.Turnaround money for three schools was saved when a revised application met state requirements. Waterfront Elementary, North Park Middle Academy and Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy were each awarded…

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It was predictable after the U.S. Supreme Court undercut the Voting Rights Act that certain states would move quickly to take advantage of their greater ability to rig elections and, sure enough, certain ones did.Within minutes of the Supreme Court’s decision last month, both Texas and Mississippi – states with a wretched history of harassing minority voters – announced th…

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Washington’s program of collecting telephone records is a profoundly unsettling one. Perhaps more than any other revelation about government monitoring of private information, this one seems to announce that Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) and George Orwell (1984) were more prescient that we had imagined. And, yet: When all four of Western New York’s congressional represen…

Bureaucracies may be essential to running a complex society, but there are reasons people hate them. Here’s one.An Orchard Park student, David Gorczynski, may not be able to compete in cross country next school year because state law doesn’t take into account that fact that he lives with disabilities, including an autism spectrum disorder and one leg that is shorter than t…

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute is fundamentally important to Western New York. It is an anchor of our health care system, a major employer and, as one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, a source of pride.The center is now facing a grave threat from proposed cuts in aid from Albany and Washington.Roswell Park’s challenges track those of its home city, Buf…

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With the observation of a specialist on non-English speaking students, Johns Hopkins University may already have proven its worth as a partner in improving Buffalo schools. Speaking to a News reporter, Margarita Calderon noted that teachers at Lafayette High School need help improving their instructional skills with immigrant students.“Teachers have not been provided the a…

Sometimes what goes around really does come around. Eliot Spitzer, we’re looking at you. In 2010, two years after resigning in disgrace as Client No. 9 in a prostitution scandal, Spitzer dissed Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed to the Senate to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton. According to Spitzer, Gillibrand’s “views on issues are either wrong or too malleable.”Payback…

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House Republicans have declared indiscriminate war on just about anything that President Obama supports, and that includes his focused and necessary program to clean up the Great Lakes, a region that is home to millions of voters of both parties. The wheels have come off the national Republican Party and they may be about to come off the U.S. government, as well.House Repu…

If the evidence is as it is described, then Patrick Kuciewski has no place in the Niagara Falls School District; the principal of 79th Street Elementary School should be gone.The details of the matter remain murky, but its outlines are clear enough to require action. Three girls – now women, since the events occurred at least 15 years ago – reported to police that they wer…

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It’s a shame that it took a young man’s death to get the nation’s attention, but at least that seems to be happening. Trayvon Martin was killed and his shooter went free, in part because of the atrocity known as “stand your ground” laws. Now, even some Republicans are questioning those laws, and prominent among them is Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a state with its own vers…

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It’s a sunny morning, sometime in the 1890s. Outside the house that is serving as a hideout, Butch Cassidy glides by an open window, enticing the lovely Etta Place to leave her bed partner – a.k.a. the Sundance Kid – for a ride on his newfangled, two-wheeled contraption. Says Butch to Etta: “Meet the future.”If he only knew.That was a movie, but this is real. What was new …

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President Obama spoke to reporters on Friday in as open and personal a way as he has in 4½ years as president. Anyone listening or watching (bit.ly/15ZxTnL) with an open mind and open heart could hardly help being moved by his measured yet deep reflection on the meaning of the Trayvon Martin shooting, trial and verdict, as interpreted through the eyes and ears of African-A…

We have no idea what they are inhaling on the Niagara Falls City Council, but it must be something bad. The only other explanations are that the Council doesn’t know what it’s doing, or that it does and this is a shakedown.Let’s start with some basics. Niagara Falls is a tourist city. A tourist city needs nice hotels and Niagara Falls doesn’t have enough of them. In 2011, …