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By Victoria RossThe Buffalo News’ Nov. 3 editorial supporting drone warfare was sadly misguided. For each targeted person, many innocents are killed and countless terrorized. Even accurately targeted “kills” multiply rather than subtract from our enemies. Before long, we’ll be exposed to drones ourselves – a nightmare scenario. Let’s choose another path.Stanfor…

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There are at least two significant conclusions to be drawn from reports by two consultants on the status of the Buffalo Public Schools.First is that the district is more fortunate than many people initially understood that Say Yes to Education has partnered with it to improve education here. It is producing reams of data the district would otherwise lack and which should h…

There are those who would be pleased that Supervisor Barry Weinstein struck a blow for decorum in Amherst Town Board meetings, which sometimes stray from the issue at hand. However, in the interest of free speech and open government, the incident could have been handled in a more tactful manner.As reported by The News’ Sandra Tan, Williamsville resident Thomas Frank was …

When I climbed Masten Avenue’s hill to begin my first year at Buffalo’s Fosdick-Masten High School in 1947, I had everything planned out for my future: I would play shortstop for the New York Yankees, period. Four years later I had changed my mind, or, more accurately, it had been changed for me by two things: my sad lack of athletic ability and teachers who showed me …

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In the end, it was an uplifting finish to a small and mean campaign. Mitt Romney was gracious in his heartfelt concession speech and President Obama, in his victory address, delivered the kind of soaring oratory for which he is famous. It suggests that the campaign, run just a little differently, could have enriched the nation’s politics instead of degrading it. Maybe ne…

Poetry is a beautiful thing. It can convey emotions or an idea in a few simple, well-crafted lines and phrases. Poetry can live. Every time a poem is read it is reborn with new life, but where would the poems be without the poets?I believe that everyone began with poetry when they were young. Poetry allows a young mind endless creativity. I know for me, being introduced to…

An election year bereft of mandates offered the same stingy benefits to Chris Collins, who defeated incumbent Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul in the 27th Congressional District.Whoever won that race would have done so with the slimmest of majorities, but in the state’s most conservative district, that would have counted as a remarkable achievement for Hochul. For Collins, the f…

By Marian DeutschmanWhen we think of silos, we generally think of one grain separated from another in huge containers. Silos also segregate parts of an organization. From my own experience, there are two areas where we desperately need to overcome communication silos – academia and health care.The silo effect occurs when we become isolated – the larger the organization…

By Philip RumoreThe Buffalo News’ placing blame on Buffalo teachers for holding up negotiations to secure funding increases is analogous to blaming the district for refusing to agree to the demands of a teacher who has not only refused to honor his contract but also demanded that he be allowed to continue violating that contract and then incredibly asking the district to…

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So I just drew 2 separate cartoons on Election Night. The first edition of The News had a 10pm deadline, and since the results didn't come in by then, I went with the version below. But as the night wore on, Obama secured the victory through wins in the rust belt, which led me to the sketch above. I usually avoid metaphors that have been heavily used by other carto…

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Americans stayed with President Obama on Tuesday, despite an economy that remains fragile. It was a hard-fought victory, but he has little time to savor the moment. The work must begin immediately, even if he is hobbled by the aftereffects of one of the most dismaying presidential campaigns in recent memory.These races always offer a migraine’s worth of negative advertis…

Erie County and the medical center that bears its name have struck what appears to be a useful deal that will protect county taxpayers while ensuring that the hospital receives the revenue it is due by law.The deal struck by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz with Erie County Medical Center allows the county to spread higher-than-expected payments to the hospital and its n…