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Slow Roll Buffalo rolled into its third season last week – or tried to, anyway – with a new six-month schedule of weekly bicycle rides through city neighborhoods. The program is costly, labor intensive and an unalloyed boon to Buffalo. The season had been slated to kick off from Niagara Square May 1, but the ride was canceled for the best of unfortunate reasons: a tor…

A new reciprocal agreement between the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and two Canadian chambers of commerce should ease any local tensions surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement. Even a little bit and every bit counts. President Trump has made clear his displeasure with the pact enacted in 1994. He has threatened to tear up what he believes has amounted to …

If a Canadian hotel developer wanted to build a $50 million luxury hotel and a $20 million “daredevil-themed water park in a financially, shall we say, “challenged” city wouldn’t it make sense to hear him out? Michael DiCienzo has proposed the development on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. His company envisions a 200-room, upscale hotel with “oversized suites…

The ugliness being displayed on college campuses where protesters have become violent or threatened violence because of the conservative views of speakers would be disturbing in any context, but is especially so when it occurs on college campuses that should be havens of free speech. Lately, student protests against conservative speakers at the University of California,…

We’re not sure it was advisable but it was certainly bold of Buffalo Councilman Joseph Golombek Jr. to scold people he thought were drug dealers on his street in Riverside. As News staff reporter Maki Becker’s account described, the councilman, who also teaches history at SUNY Buffalo State, spotted what he surmised were about six to eight drug deals. “… Like a …

Buffalo’s revival could grind to a halt if President Trump’s vow to make the tax code simpler means eliminating federal tax credits. Buffalo and other communities across New York State risk losing a vital tool for revitalizing underutilized historic buildings if the federal historic tax credit and New Markets incentives for reinvesting capital in creating jobs in di…

The battle against childhood obesity just got dealt a major blow as new Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to slow down implementation of stricter nutritional standards for school breakfasts and lunches. It was wrong. And ever so slightly political. Consider that the stricter standards stood as a signature accomplishment for former first lady Michelle Obama. Th…

There is some obvious risk in the work of establishing a multimillion-dollar National Comedy Center in Jamestown, but the risk is calculated and well worth the attention – that is, money – it is getting from both Albany and Washington. Such an undertaking always carries an element of risk, of course. Will people come? Will they be willing to pay enough to support it…

Erie Community College may end up raising the cost of tuition for the seventh consecutive year, a dangerous practice that discourages potential students looking for a top-quality education at a reasonable price. The problems are structural and won’t be resolved by repeatedly raising tuition. The community college is facing a budget gap of $3.7 million in 2017-18, and …

Athenex, the game-changing economic development project in northern Chautauqua County, got a $200 million boost from the state. It’s a welcome sign that this once-wobbly undertaking is back on solid ground. Now residents in Dunkirk, where a drug-manufacturing plant the company intends to build and that will produce several hundred jobs, are waiting patiently. The pro…

The disturbing practice of misreporting suicide attempts at the Erie County Correctional Facility should be addressed at the top. The New York State Commission of Correction must make Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and his staff answerable, in court, if necessary. In a wide-ranging examination by The News’ Matthew Spina, several cases and suicide attempts have come to publ…

Newly announced Buffalo Zoo President Norah Fletchall has a lot recommending her, including accolades from the highly respected outgoing predecessor and a wealth of top-level experience as the financial steward of a major institution. Buffalo continues to draw – and keep – some of the best-caliber leaders at its cultural institutions. Fletchall, armed with impeccabl…