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With all the pummeling to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is it any wonder many Americans think it’s no longer available? It is still the law, and it is time to enroll. The open enrollment deadline for 2018 is coming quickly, Dec. 15. New Yorkers and residents in other states that run their own insurance exchanges are fortunate to have later d…

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Congressional Republicans pushing for tax cuts are already backing off one key component of their plan, but what remains of this imprudent approach continues to be both foolish and unfair, especially to a state as generous to Washington as New York is. First of all, Congress’ putative conservatives are pushing a plan that would radically increase deficits. This, after…

As President Trump’s nominee to be the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Bruce Landsberg has a particular challenge in not allowing his preconceived notions about increased pilot training hours to cloud his judgment. This hard-fought pilot experience requirement came out of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center tha…

Two questions arise in the wake of the Buffalo School District’s $7.5 million tax settlement with the Internal Revenue Service: Why did the practices that led to it take so long to be uncovered, and what will the School Board do to eliminate the problems that were found? The principal factor leading to the IRS assessment seems to be the odd nature of several of the di…

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There’s nothing wrong with critical mass. In fact, it is desirable in a burgeoning downtown Buffalo that has come alive in recent years. But when an increasing number of bars create an atmosphere less hospitable to orchestra attendees and longtime residents, then there is a reasonable concern about sustainability. The Allentown neighborhood is experiencing a welcome c…

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Officials of Catholic Health and the federal prosecutor who secured a $6 million settlement from the Buffalo hospital system hold radically different opinions about what happened there. Hospital officials say they admitted no wrongdoing in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging false medical claims at three nursing homes and, in fact, say they delivered quality care to the pa…

President Trump took an important step the other day in calling the nation’s opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history” and declaring it a public health emergency. The president’s declaration fell short of the sweeping national state of emergency many had expected. That would have given states access to funding from the federal Disaster Relief F…

Few subjects are more important to Niagara Falls – or anyone else who cares about uncovering the stunning vista along the Niagara Gorge – than the project to remove the misbegotten parkway that separates the city from its namesake river. With two recent public hearings, that effort has moved a little closer to reality. Famed road-builder Robert Moses created a “pa…

Michael “Mickey” Kearns, a Democrat running as the endorsed Republican, is The News’ choice to fill the unexpired term of former clerk Chris Jacobs, now a state senator. Kearns has been on the political scene for years, serving on the Buffalo Common Council and then in his current position as an Assembly member. While a political résumé is not required to run for c…

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Editor’s note: These endorsements by The Buffalo News editorial board for candidates in the Nov.7 election are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of those seeking office. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we urge you to vote and take part in our electoral process. … It’s time for a change. The Erie County Sheriff’s Department an…

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Using the excuse of an executive session and offering flimsy explanation is an evasive and self-serving tactic to conduct the public’s business in secret; doing so without stating the reason is even worse. As News staff reporter Jay Tokasz wrote, the state’s Open Meetings Law is being flouted on a regular basis by some governments and boards. Violation of the law is…

Three state propositions will be decided on Election Day. Voters will find them on the back of their ballots. Proposal 1 In an off-year election, this is the most important issue facing voters statewide: Should New York hold a constitutional convention to consider changes to the state’s foundational document? The forces lined up against it are formidable. To be …

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Editor’s note: This is another in a series of editorials endorsing candidates for a number of offices. These endorsements by The Buffalo News editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of those seeking office. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we urge you to vote and take part in our electoral process. … Stefan Mychajliw has…

The News is making endorsements in two closely contested races for the Erie County Legislature. District 5 Once again voters are faced with a choice between two above-average candidates, the same two candidates who ran two years ago. Democrat Thomas A. Loughran should be returned to office. Having taken office in 2006, he has shown himself to be independent, not alw…

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Editor’s note: Today The Buffalo News begins a series of editorials endorsing candidates for some of the offices to be filled Nov. 7. These endorsements by the editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of the candidates for those offices. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we urge you to vote. … Two well-qualified candidates…