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By Robert Hughes After 3½ months, the NFL's lockout of referees has finally ended. In retrospect, many are asking, "Was that trip really necessary?" And now, did the solutions that the new contract contains represent nearly 17 weeks of concentrated problem solving? Does the result represent a significant benefit to the league, the referees, the owners, the fans and the pl…

Call it Bloomberg's War. The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has launched a frontal assault on ill health in his town. His intentions are important and admirable, although there are legitimate questions as to how far government should go in regulating private behavior. Bloomberg raised eyebrows six years ago when his city became the first in the nation to ban ar…

A group of determined citizens has been working to save a bit of Western New York's green space, and now it's time for the New York State Parks to build on that work with a $279,000 grant to help purchase 60 acres of farmland. The group has been working for the better part of a couple of years to raise the $630,000 needed to develop the Mill Road Scenic Overlook vista in t…

By Judy Malys I believe in relationships. It's what I built my teaching focus around for 21 years and it is the lack of relationships that is hampering Congress today. I even love politics, but have never liked politics in education . it just seemed wrong. But the trend is to both politicize as well as privatize our children's education. The public seems to be falling for …

News that planning experts who have already demonstrated a knack for devising creative ideas to fill vacant space in Buffalo will take on downtown Niagara Falls is worthy of its own "Welcome" sign. Any signs of life in downtown Niagara Falls should be given a hearty greeting. We've already hailed the opening of the $30 million Culinary Institute Niagara Falls as the first …

Just as the City of Buffalo managed to do, the Town of Amherst is now working on a palatable agreement on how best to regulate food trucks. Both town and city have found themselves at the center of a growing national phenomenon of curbside dining. Food trucks have been around in Amherst for at least a couple of years, but it wasn't until a recent flap that the subject got …

By Lois Gibbs I first started organizing in my community - Love Canal in Niagara Falls - after figuring out that a chemical waste dump was making my kids and neighbors sick in the late 1970s. It quickly became clear that our local elected officials and the company responsible for the toxic waste didn't want to take responsibility for the public health hazard that they had …

By Howard Hein Conflict and strife continue to mar the Middle East and the African Levant, occupying the headlines now for seemingly countless months. On the receiving end of every news story emanating from the region is the average American citizen, who is at risk of becoming desensitized to the growing turmoil. Unfortunately we, as a nation, may not have the luxury of ta…

New York State education has failed to teach students correctly about the birds and the bees. The New York Civil Liberties Union analyzed sex education materials used in 82 public school districts. The results demonstrate that the lack of "binding statewide sex-ed standards is compromising the health and well-being of our young people." The report, "Birds, Bees and Bias: H…

By Christopher Spicer No responsible adult would ever dream of putting a young person behind the wheel of a car without teaching him the information and skills he needs to drive safely. Yet, as a new report from the New York Civil Liberties Union shows, too many communities and schools across New York State are doing the equivalent of that when it comes to preparing our te…

It's getting predictable, and it's depressing. For the second time in eight years and the fourth time in 20, a labor action has threatened the National Hockey League season. Owners locked out the players a week ago after the NHL and the Players' Association failed to agree on a new contract. And so, once again, fans will be denied the attraction for which they may have al…

The good news out of the mess in the Buffalo Public Schools is that students in three low-achieving schools may not be deprived of the benefits of $5.1 million in federal funds, despite the death dance that school officials and the teachers union seem to crave. That's the only good news, though. An arbitrator ruled in August that the district's decision to transfer 54 te…