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Here’s the biggest problem with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to review federal agreements reached with several troubled police departments: It’s rooted in denial. These agreements were not the product of imaginary abuses. They responded to actual events that demanded intervention in a country that values the rule of law and its equal enforcement. And, d…

Ambulance response time in the City of Buffalo has improved significantly, but that doesn’t mean the private company contracted to provide the service should take its foot off the gas pedal. Or that City of Buffalo officials should lose their focus on the issue. American Medical Response is now meeting contract terms requiring an ambulance to arrive in less than nine …

It took great vision and imagination by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson to create his architectural masterpiece in Buffalo. More than a hundred years later it took just as much vision and imagination to save it. The result will be revealed April 30 with the opening of the Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center at the Richardson Olmsted Complex. It was…

The “grow your own” program about to launch in Buffalo schools is a valuable effort involving the district, Buffalo Teachers Federation and SUNY Buffalo State. The aim is to increase diversity among teachers by mining the student body for future teachers. In a district where 67 percent of students are black or Hispanic, 85 percent of teachers are white. The first…

State legislators on Monday approved full funding for the second phase of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development surge. It was a hopeful sign in an otherwise unhappy budget process that has delivered the first notably late spending plan since Cuomo took office in 2011. Still, give this much to New York Republicans and Democrats: They’re not whol…

Erie County’s sheriff was at it again on Saturday, taking part in uniform in a political rally, a place the head of county law enforcement had no business. It was terrible judgment – again – on the part of Sheriff Timothy Howard. Howard took a leading role in the Spirit of America rally that drew several hundred people to Niagara Square. That it was meant to suppo…

Since 1872, the year that America created the world’s first national park, the parks have been under threat. At first, the danger came from official indifference, but soon enough, it was because politicians couldn’t resist the temptation to exploit the parks. It’s happening again, as President Trump threatens to ease restrictions on drilling in as many as 42 of th…

If plans for mixed-income housing on the East Side get off the ground, it could signal the change many have called for in that part of the city. The fact that there is a proposal on the table by a trio of developers is a positive sign. As recently reported in The News, the developers specialize in affordable housing and they want to use their expertise on what would be …

Modern technology came crashing into Buffalo’s venerable City Hall in the form of a drone last week. It was a bit of a new spin on the old accident of a baseball smashing a neighbor’s window. This window, however, was on the 23rd floor. Fortunately, no one was in the office at the time. The Rochester man who owns the drone offered to pay for the window, expected to cos…

President Trump’s order to undo his predecessor’s policies on clean energy is unnecessary, unwise and, regarding Buffalo’s economic hopes, unwanted. He has made a bad mistake. Forget, for the moment, the fears about the effect of fossil fuels on climate change which, if scientists are to be believed, is real and holds the potential for widespread calamity. Forget,…

Question: When is a private transaction not a private transaction? Answer: When the deal has important public ramifications that affect other people’s lives. And, with that, the case should be closed. The issue comes up periodically, and most recently with the $7 million purchase of a building at the corner of Perry and Illinois streets. Terry and Kim Pegula, whose…

There was much to like in Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz’s fifth State of the County address, especially a number of programs to help the poor and protect the elderly. Without spending huge sums of money, his initiatives could end up helping significant numbers of residents in the coming years. Such things as: • “Help Me Grow,” which will screen ch…

Let’s be blunt: President Trump’s policy halve the number of refugees entering the United States will hurt Buffalo. These new arrivals are carefully vetted. They pose little in the way of threat to the safety of the community; rather, they help to bolster its otherwise declining population and they become economic contributors to the region. We should be welcoming a…