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New York State has wisely decided to back away from its controversial plan to allow the construction of a lodge on Goat Island, or anywhere else in Niagara Falls State Park. The building of a “grand lodge” never should have been considered for this historic property where visitors – the public – could go to contemplate the serenity and natural beauty of the place. …

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn is keeping his word by charging, possibly for the first time, someone with a homicide-related offense in a fatal drug overdose. “I hope it is the first of many,” the still-new district attorney said. He is absolutely on point. If nothing else, this arrest should send a message to drug dealers, and Flynn wants them to list…

Many people reading this editorial probably grew up during a time when “playing” – physical activity with other children – was the norm. Somehow, whether through helicopter parenting, the need for “play dates,” children’s growing inability to tear away from their electronic devices and other concerns, playing became a lost art. As a result, some of today…

There’s more good news on Main Street: The stuttering project to repurpose the old AM&A’s department store as a hotel and tourist residence is back on track, or at least appears to be. The project, if not actually snake-bitten, has at least been snake-charmed, to the point that nothing was getting done. A dispute over payments shut the project down for several m…

This is not the first stressful period in American life. Watergate, Vietnam, World War II and the Great Depression are only some of the events from the last several decades to test the durability of the American experiment. Nevertheless, the strain of terrorism and the country’s raw divisions can make it easy to overlook the overarching fact: The United States remains th…

It ought to be shocking, but it’s not. What the public learned from the hearing into Carl Paladino’s fitness to serve as a member of the Buffalo School Board serves instead as confirmation: not just of the board’s willingness to game the system, but of the overarching disrespect for constituents and democratic norms that pervade governments in New York, from school b…

It is safe to assume that Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has taken more than a few flights in his day. So it escapes us why the senator is using his formidable political powers to help weaken pilot training rules that keep the flying public safe. Thune has concocted a scheme whose details even he has difficulty explaining: “basically allows for structured or discipli…

This shouldn’t be as difficult as the Buffalo School Board is making it. Members have had months to consider how best to expand the successful and popular Emerson School of Hospitality. Their complaining now that Superintendent Kriner Cash’s recommendation blindsided them doesn’t wash. They need to do their jobs and make a decision before their foot-dragging causes a…

The governor’s office denies it had any influence, but we think it would be difficult for even the most seasoned political leader to resist a video of silly clips ranging from a dancing cowboy to a begging kitten. C’mon – a begging kitten! Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray and many other community leaders have been pushing unsuccessfully for the state to remov…

It’s a measure of the scale of the opioid crisis that a plausible recommendation is for addicted people in withdrawal to detoxify, not under direct medical supervision, but at home, with the help of family members. If it seems like a chancy idea, there may be a reason for that – except for this: Without it, people will die. The problem is in the number of detox beds…

When you find a fine restaurant that checks all the boxes – ambience, service and, most important, delicious food – you want it to always be there. That’s not happening for one highly regarded Buffalo restaurant. Rue Franklin, at 341 Franklin St., has closed. Chef and owner Corey Kley and his wife, Cheryl, bought the restaurant in 2011. In 2015 News Food Editor An…

Whatever Kriner Cash’s critics may say, the fact is that the work of Buffalo’s school superintendent is head-and-shoulders above that of any of his recent predecessors. Whether the issue is vision, preparation, transparency or commitment, Cash is working diligently and effectively to improve the performance of the school district he leads and the students it must educa…

State Sen. Robert Ortt believes that he has been the victim of an overly politically ambitious state attorney general determined to further his career by subjecting the senator to what he calls “baseless charges.” But Ortt still owes his constituents an explanation of the events that began in 2010 and came to light a few months ago when he was charged with three fel…

To some extent, the problem affecting Lake Erie beaches is the same one tormenting property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline: There’s too much water. Efforts are underway to attend to some of those problems, but among them needs to be the infrastructure program authorized in the state budget earlier this year. With the deluge of rain this spring, beach water…