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Change arrives today in the Buffalo School District. That change has a name: Carl Paladino, the voluble developer turned politician turned educator who takes his seat on the School Board today. It will make a difference. The only question is, what kind?Paladino isn’t the only fresh face on the School Board. May’s elections also brought two other new board members, both…

The request to have the New York Power Authority audit the communities that have benefited from the 2007 relicensing of the Niagara Power Project seems reasonable. Huge amounts of money are involved, and the public should know that it’s being used wisely.The bill, to have NYPA or someone hired by NYPA do the audit by June 1, 2014, passed the State Legislature, and now th…

Coming soon to a computer screen near you: the blue-footed booby, the giant tortoise and the flightless cormorant.Writing “The Voyage of the Beagle,” Charles Darwin described the Galapagos Islands as “a little world within itself,” and that remains true. Now, as in Darwin’s time, this remote archipelago features species known nowhere else in the world. Now, as in…

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The just-completed session of the New York State Legislature was in equal parts productive and squandered. It offered valuable benefits to New Yorkers, especially those upstate, but those gains were accompanied by the failure to deal with problems that undermine the economy, the very concept of justice and even lives.Chief among the pluses of the session that ended June 21…

Even though some colleges have now made the submission of standardized test scores optional, the vast majority have not. Therefore, it certainly looks like standardized test scores will continue to be a required part of the college application process, at least in the near future.As a longtime university educator, I am not a fan of standardized tests. In fact, I would be i…

WASHINGTON – Background checks are back. On June 18, Vice President Biden said that five U.S. senators – enough to change the outcome – have told him they’re looking for a way to switch their votes and pass legislation requiring a criminal background check for the purchase of a firearm.Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who led the fight for the bill, is …

It’s great that frozen yogurt chains are setting up shop in Western New York, giving us another dessert option for hot summer days. But the yogurt folks shouldn’t hit too hard on the claim that it’s a healthy alternative to ice cream. While frozen yogurt may be better for you than an equal amount of premium ice cream, the shops make it as easy as possible to turn a l…

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The residents of McCarley Gardens deserve to know where they will be living once the University at Buffalo buys the property from St. John Baptist Church.The low-income housing complex in the shadow of the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is in limbo, as recently featured in The News. There are big plans for the Medical Campus, with thousands of new workers expect…

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The U.S. Supreme Court made four critical decisions this week, one of them abominable, one of them tolerable and the other two excellent. All but one were decided on 5-4 votes.Gay marriageOn Wednesday, the court struck down the woeful Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law supported by those trying to stem the tide of history and acquiesced to by others – including then-Pre…

The announcement by Time Warner Cable that it will bring 152 new jobs to the edge of Buffalo’s East Side is a boon to residents who will be able to apply for good jobs in their own neighborhood.In return, the company is receiving more than $3.1 million in state tax breaks. It’s a hefty price to pay, but a necessary part of the deal to make over an unattractive site on …

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Call him Governor Disruption.In the space of just two weeks, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has upended years of stalemate and dysfunction to produce in Western New York something that looks suspiciously like progress.In mid-June, it was the standoff over casino revenues that the Senecas were withholding from New York and, by proxy, from Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca…

It has taken months of teeth-gnashing and contentious bickering, but it appears the Amherst Town Board has finally come around – again – and the downsizing of its members from six to five is going to happen.This downsizing issue has so many twists and turns, it can be hard to keep up. Residents voted overwhelmingly in a referendum three years ago to decrease the Town B…

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If a global review of domestic violence against women is accurate, then the entire world is confronted with a problem that demands action. While the just-released report shows the rate of domestic violence against women was highest in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, North America is hardly exempt and, as residents of Western New York know too well, neither is t…

A Colorado congressman is on exactly the right track in pushing legislation requiring Veterans Affairs hospitals to report infections to state health departments.It should have been standard procedure a long time ago. Instead, standard procedure has been to hope that veterans hospitals would be kind enough to inform state health officials of problems. So far, that practice…

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The recently negotiated contract with City of Buffalo firefighters was, indeed, a long time coming. Some would say, too long. But it’s finally done and the overall result is good for the city and its taxpayers and more than fair for firefighters during a weak economy.The 15-year agreement gives firefighters their first negotiated raises since 2002, and includes greater h…