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Residents of Niagara Falls are about to take it on the chin – not to mention in the nose, the gut and the wallet – because the state of New York and the Seneca Nation of Indians haven’t resolved their differences over casino gambling in Western New York.But make no mistake: Either way this shakes out, it is Albany that is to blame for a crushing tax increase that Nia…

I knew this day would come, just like the many other “firsts” as my daughter grew from infant to young woman, but this latest struck me as particularly bittersweet. For the first time in 14 years, in August she headed north on a canoe trip without me.She was 9 the first time I took her on a back-country trip to Algonquin Provincial Park three hours north of Toronto. Un…

By Annemarie GibsonI went into teaching not because I wanted summers off, or because I thought it would be easy. I didn’t choose this path merely because I like children or because I thought it may not be difficult or because I thought I’d be wealthy.In fact, it’s safe to say I didn’t choose teaching at all, per say. It chose me. I believe I was blessed with a gift…

Democracy is a valuable and wonderful gift, and acknowledging an obvious truth does nothing to diminish its importance: This election is almost over.Tens of millions of Americans are breathing a sigh of relief that after nearly two years of listening to politicians snipe at each other while distorting each others’ records – as well as their own – it will all be over …

The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to act on cases asking it to end the Voting Rights Act’s advance approval requirement. Its reasons are, as always, unknown but the decision was a wise one. As a number of states have demonstrated this year – and have practically bragged about – racial discrimination continues to thrive in the hearts of those who would deny de…

The abbreviation is UAV, for unmanned aerial vehicle, and in the name is its great advantage: The United States has developed a weapons delivery system that doesn’t require a pilot.Commonly called drones, these UAVs started out as unarmed surveillance aircraft designed to be used in environments that would endanger the life of a human pilot.As drones have become more …

By Mark O’BrianOn Election Day, Californians will vote on Proposition 37 to decide whether grocery products made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be labeled as such. The outcome of that vote could influence national policy.Proponents generally believe that food from GMOs poses health risks. Opposition to labeling is financed by agri-businesses that supply …

Five months after a tow truck driver was slain, prompting a change in Buffalo’s towing policy, a city audit shows one company had been receiving nearly 90 percent of the city’s private towing business. This is an ongoing problem that City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder believes he knows how to fix while also putting the city on the right side of state law.Before May, …

Today, times are tough. Faced with economic difficulties, global intolerance and public safety concerns, we Americans certainly are experiencing a variety of challenges. Yet, what is disconcerting to me is when I view one of these challenges at what is supposed to be a friendly, competitive interscholastic athletic event in my hometown.I am a resident and parent in an affl…

By Andrew HylandA recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on the impact of graphic, hard-hitting ads that illustrate the many harms that come from cigarette smoking led researchers to a clear conclusion: Strongly emotional and graphic anti-smoking advertisements work.These compelling ads are effective at increasing attempts to quit among adult smokers, …

My son works at Union College in Schenectady as director of the Academic Opportunity Program. AOP helps disadvantaged students succeed in college. My son started there four years ago, so he had worked with the 2012 graduating students from when they first started as freshman. The graduation rate of that group was 100 percent, a remarkable accomplishment for them and for hi…