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Motorcycle requirements are much too restrictiveIt is time for New York State to change its unrealistic motorcycle licensing requirements, both for the convenience of the motorist as well as public safety.New York imposes onerous restrictions on motorcycle learner’s permit holders. They may only operate under the “general supervision” of a motorcycle license holder, …

Delaware Avenue traffic change is for the betterI strongly disagree with the letter writer from Kenmore asking that the traffic on Delaware Avenue be restored to two lanes. First off he stated he was walking along Delaware when he observed the traffic tieup. Living in Kenmore, I have driven on Delaware numerous times since the change and have found no problem. I believe th…

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It’s time for Eric Holder to go, but for that to happen, something else needs to occur first: Rep. Darrell Issa needs to stop talking. The kook from California can’t be taken seriously, and when he rattles on about Holder and the Justice Department’s assault on a free press, he only makes the attorney general a more-sympathetic figure.Holder doesn’t deserve it. His…

Airport security should treat people with respectLast week I was traveling through Buffalo-Niagara international Airport. I was shocked at how a Transportation Security Administration agent treated an older gentleman. The agent was “barking out” to take everything out of your pockets. The older gent evidently forgot to remove his handkerchief from his back pocket. The …

By Adrienne M. Costello-SulikNo school district is perfect, but for many years Clarence has been about as close as possible. For decades the town has enjoyed top-notch schools at reasonable tax rates.The numbers speak for themselves. Clarence was rated second in academic success and first in cost effectiveness by Business First in 2012. Business First also reports that of …

Oh, how curves have changed my life! As a child my rigid, Germanic father indoctrinated me into the universal truth that straight lines ruled. Mowing the lawn was a two-way, straight-lined affair, and if any wayward grass clippings remained, the rake was required to be used in the same direction as the cutting. (Those darn April showers caused me to hate raking). Of cours…

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Most Americans, we suspect, would agree that U.S. border agents need broader latitude than other law enforcement officials in their ability to conduct searches. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution generally prohibits searches without probable cause and, even then, a judge must issue a warrant. Customs officers, by contrast, require the ability to search vehicles and i…

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Farmworkers in New York, and most other states, have a raw deal. The State Legislature is now considering a bill to reform an intolerable lack of legal protection. It should approve the bill, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo also supports.Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights – named for her late father – is a leader in the fight…

By Robert J. DuffyWhen people hear Peace Bridge, different thoughts come to mind. Some people think of traveling to Canada, some people think of the traffic, some think of the new bridge that was discussed for years but never materialized.I think of all of the above plus I see a lost opportunity for Western New York to grow and a lesson to be learned.I am a lifelong reside…

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The official end of the 2013 session of the New York State Legislature arrives in nine days. Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before then. Here are some of the most important measures on the Legislature’s docket – issues that have shown themselves to be important to the state.Campaign finance/ethics reformAlbany remains a cesspool of corruption. Every year, it seems,…

By Theodore J. WelchPaul S. Pinto paints with a very broad brush in his analysis on how school fiscal administrators determine the tax levy each year (The Buffalo News, June 3). While I am sure that a few districts operate as Pinto claims, the process that I am familiar with, both in my district and in the Western New York area, has demonstrated that schools take extraordi…

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The bid in the New York State Legislature to put the Peace Bridge Authority out of business is something other than it appears and is, in fact, worth the effort, not only in terms of producing progress on the bridge and plaza but also of creating a more accountable management structure.The legislation, pushed by Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan, D-Buffalo, and Sen. Mark J. Grisant…

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The recent School Board election in the City of Buffalo drew many more voters than the previous one, but that isn’t saying much. The paltry turnout is why it’s important to move city School Board elections from May to November.This year we saw one of the most controversial elections in recent memory, and fewer than 12,000 voters turned out. More than 3,200 of those vot…

By Brian SampsonRecent scandals have rocked state government and justifiably outraged taxpayers. Unfortunately, well-funded special interests are arguing that the appropriate response to these scandals is for hard-working New York taxpayers to give politicians even more money.These special interests are trying to convince us that publicly financed campaigns will make every…