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The proposed settlement between the National Football League and players who have suffered traumatic injuries appears, at least on first blush, to offer a fair resolution to a deadly serious question: Is football dangerous to the lives of its players?The answer is clear. Why else would the NFL agree to pay nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in compensation? The all…

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From third-floor windows at 1 News Plaza, overlooking Washington Street, you can observe (“supervise”) the work under way across the road. It is, all of it, fascinating.The former Donovan State Office Building is being transformed into a hotel and law office. Next to it, what was a parking lot is in the process of becoming a reflecting pool. And if you twist your neck enou…

New season, new coach, new quarterback. Maybe even some new stars.And from The Buffalo News, new ways to be the smartest football fan in your neighborhood.As the pro football season begins – the 54th for the Buffalo Bills and, we are sorry to say, the 14th since the Bills were last in the playoffs – The News is starting the season with a new Bills smartphone app, a new foo…

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As a master of social work candidate from the University of Southern California and a 10-year Air Force veteran, I found myself needing to do something to assist others who, like me, have separated from service due to a disability. Social workers give voices to vulnerable populations that need to be heard.Our nation’s veterans are a special community that has earned our su…

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When Buffalo Democrats go to the polls a week from Tuesday, they will choose between two competent men running for mayor. Competence, though, is only the entry fee to this primary election, and there the similarities end.Incumbent Byron W. Brown has produced a strong record – even if some of it is not his doing – while his challenger, Bernard A. Tolbert, former head of Buf…

Every day produces its share of bad news, of course. That’s the nature of life. But we haven’t seen news this bad for many a year: This week, in a dismaying report, the Farmers’ Almanac predicted that Western New York is in for an especially long, especially cold winter.Yuck, particularly so after the last two mild winters.The 197-year-old publication, which bases its fore…

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The cost of attending college has risen 250 percent in the past three decades. In response, students are taking on record amounts of debt to finance their educations. That debt load now totals nearly $1 trillion. Many students face decades of loan payments that will cripple their ability to climb the economic ladder.That inflation shows no signs of slowing down. Average tu…

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Western New Yorkers don’t have to look far to find reasons to support an environmental upgrade plan such as the one proposed last week by State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo.On Wednesday, The Buffalo News reported that the cost of repairing Niagara Falls’ damaged sewage treatment plant is blowing past last month’s estimate of $2 million. The plant was damaged in July af…

A favorite gambit by governors needing cash to balance budgets is to raid the fund balances in various state authorities and agencies. If some of that money is declared surplus, it’s fair game for being swept into the general fund as one of the state’s notorious one-shot budget gimmicks.Raiding one such pot – the dedicated fund that supports the state’s public transit syst…

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No good options are available to the United States in dealing with Syria’s criminal regime. There seems little doubt that Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people, and it is clearly in the U.S. interest to deter that behavior in Syria or elsewhere.But, as military analysts noted in Wednesday’s Buffalo News, limited military attacks at other times have done …

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If President Obama wants to leave behind a second-term legacy – a difficult task given the fact of a self-devouring Congress – he has an obvious target. The Department of Veterans Affairs has become the Inspector Clouseau of the federal government. Obama should begin the work of overhauling a department that stumbles at every turn.The latest disgrace is a bonus system that…

It seems the State Education Department could learn a little about careful management, too. Acting swiftly after court decisions in its favor, the state is moving to close Pinnacle Charter School in Buffalo. Classes were to begin a week from Wednesday. School officials got their notice only last Friday.The state has good reason to worry about Pinnacle’s performance, althou…

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There are a couple of ways to look at last week’s humiliating trip to Albany by Buffalo school officials, who had been ordered there by State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.Like recalcitrant students summoned to the principal’s office, Superintendent Pamela C. Brown and her staff traveled to the state capital on Friday to be tutored on how to properly complete a tu…

The Cheektowaga Town Board’s approval the other day of an agreement to share an assessor with the Town of Evans is indicative of what has been taking place across towns and villages over the past several years. We need more of this low-level form of regionalism in municipalities and school districts.The unanimous decision appoints Jeneen Lomando-McSkimming as assessor for …

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The improbability of rehabilitating the historic Richardson Olmsted Complex is fast fading away as reports of progress continue to flow in. Architect Henry Hobson Richardson would be proud. So, too, would landscape designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.The massive complex, dating back to 1870, served as a state psychiatric hospital until the mid-1970s, when it b…