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The debate over whether to allow greater fluctuations in the water level of Lake Ontario is, in the end, a debate about competing values, all of them important. That suggests that everyone with an interest, including property owners along the lake, take a more studious look at the costs and benefits of the plan.The International Joint Commission, which is in charge of regu…

It comes as no surprise that the Buffalo region has some of the best college values in the nation. But it is nice that a new U.S. News & World Report survey has once again confirmed that fact. It provides more tangible evidence for potential new residents and out-of-town businesses to locate here.Among those listed as “best value:” Alfred University ranked No. 3, followed …

The Empire Center for Public Policy recently took a look at public payrolls for cities, counties, towns and villages in New York, and while downstate public employees did quite well, some Western New Yorkers aren’t doing too badly either. For example, Erie Community College President Jack Quinn led the list of the region’s top earners at $192,000, according to the report b…

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Buffalo Public Schools has a leadership problem. It’s just a matter of how to fix it, and when, for the sake of 34,000 students.State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. has not hesitated to express his disdain, often in a deft manner, of both the central office and the fractured School Board. He did it again on a visit to Amherst, where the school district is showing …

Voter turnout in the City of Buffalo for Tuesday’s primary was dismal. Residents have to do better.As News political reporter Robert J. McCarthy wrote, only 14,000 Democrats voted the other day. In a city of about 261,000 residents, that number is embarrassing and just plain pathetic.Less than 6 percent of the city’s population gave Mayor Byron W. Brown a landslide into hi…

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Here’s what Barbara Seals Nevergold and the rest of the Buffalo School Board majority managed to do on Wednesday, and it was a significant accomplishment: They made Carl Paladino look like a moderate. And they showed themselves to be unserious about the problems facing the district and its afflicted students.Paladino and fellow freshman board member James Sampson were deni…

It used to be the comment “close enough for government work” was intended as a compliment: that standards and performance were so high – or at least thought to be – that they were examples to follow.How things have changed. Now, standards are so low that government executives are rewarded for falling short. That’s how it is in the Veterans Health Administration, anyway.The…

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President Obama’s 16-minute speech Tuesday on the explosive problem of Syria’s chemical weapons offered a smart way to deal with the problem presented by Bashar Assad. The question now is how it will play out.Obama’s speech reminded the public of the awful images of children writhing on the floors of hospitals in pain from the effects of the Aug. 21 chemical attack in a Da…

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Twelve years later, the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks continues to shake the nation and the world. It’s less today about terror – about the looming fear of another devastating attack, though that remains a possibility – as it is about political and social upheaval that could send the United States into a war in Syria.Those events are connected. The deaths at the World …

The recent ruling by a federal judge rejecting the release of information about how Erie County’s troubled jails are faring continues to keep the public in the dark on an important issue that should get as much light as possible.U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny turned down demands by the New York Civil Liberties Union to make public the reports of two independent exp…

Today is primary day in New York State, and an opportunity for party voters in Western New York to choose nominees to represent their party in the November general elections. Members of the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families and Independence parties should make sure they get out today and exert their influence. Far and away, the most significant race is in the Demo…

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Barring some dramatic and credible revelation before this evening’s address by President Obama, his administration has not made the case for launching an attack on Syria, the president’s red line notwithstanding.The problems with an attack are multiple and compounding and, despite the belief of many that Obama must act to maintain U.S. credibility, other options are availa…

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Give this to the governor: He doesn’t shrink from difficult tasks, and none that he has taken on is more challenging than fixing the state’s failing public schools.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared last month that there needed to be a “death penalty” for schools that don’t quickly fix their deficiencies. In a meeting Thursday with The News’ editorial board, he made it clear th…

It is only through good fortune that a 5-year-old boy returned home safely and was not injured or worse last week on the first day of school. But even though a tragedy was avoided, there are lessons to be learned from the mistakes that happened.The kindergartner, who lives in Blasdell, attends Community Charter School in Buffalo. The West Seneca School District is responsi…

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Twelve years ago, I was one of the chosen few ordered to recovery and cleanup duty with the New York Army National Guard at what was once the World Trade Center. In 1970, 31 years before the twin towers fell, I stood on the deck of a U.S. Naval destroyer in Brooklyn Navy Yard and photographed the half-complete towers.After a 20-year absence from military service, I found m…