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This is the year Buffalo takes off. We know because the fuse has already been lit and there’s no way to stomp it out. How long the flight continues after this year will depend upon the determination of government and civic leaders not to let the momentum slacken.The story on today’s front page, leading into The Buffalo News’ 2013 Prospectus sections, lays out what is occur…

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We have said for years that better leadership is needed from the Buffalo Board of Education. For decades board members have presided over a district that has failed to provide a quality education to most of its students.To get a better board, we need better candidates. That’s why word that Carl P. Paladino is considering a run for the Buffalo School Board may be a good thi…

By John MetalloU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced a decision that requires schools to allow students with disabilities to participate in interscholastic athletics. Specifically, the decision noted, “Disabled students who want to play for their school could join traditional teams if officials can make ‘reasonable modifications’ to accommodate them.”I…

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She was summoned on Wednesday to answer difficult and important questions, and that is what Hillary Clinton did. The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, still demands answers, and the secretary of state did not shrink from her necessary testimony.Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the outgoing …

By Laurence T. BeahanThe National Rifle Association is right. There is considerable danger that reasonable people, including many NRA members, will conclude that there are too many guns of all types available in the United States and that there will be a movement to reduce that number. Our gun deaths, 10 for every 100,000 people each year, are far too many. Our gun death r…

By Ross T. RunfolaThe Manti Te’o Internet saga may be unusual but it reflects the growing trend of Americans to communicate in online chat rooms, in which participants are generally unknown to each other, with a greater frequency than they do in face-to-face communication with friends.As American society becomes larger and more complex, and social networking on the compute…

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If, in the introduction to his state budget address on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was attempting to tamp down expectations, then he was on the right track. This appears, on first look, to be as vanilla a budget as the State Legislature has seen in years. And that’s a compliment.In another year of continuing economic weakness, Cuomo has presented a budget that closes a $…

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It was unconscionable that it took so long, but House Republicans finally acted a week ago to deliver substantial aid to Northeastern states whose coastal areas were laid waste by Superstorm Sandy – nearly three months ago.Question: Does anyone seriously think the Southern Republicans who were among the primary opponents of this bill won’t be pleading for relief when the n…

By Michael SaltsmanWe’re less than one month into 2013, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and like-minded advocacy groups who want to raise New York’s minimum wage aren’t wasting any time. The governor has called for an $8.75 minimum, and one union-affiliated group in Manhattan wants to raise it as high as $15.They claim the facts are on their side, too. Two recent studies from an …

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It will take the thorough investigation promised by the Commission on Correction in order to find out what really happened in the case of Tommie Lee Jones Jr., who died while an inmate at the Niagara County Jail.Circumstances leading up to Jones’ Dec. 29 death are somewhat murky. Complicating matters is the timing of Jones’ death, along with that of another inmate, around …

By Jason ZwaraIt is welcome news that the Buffalo School District and the Buffalo Teachers Federation finally reached agreement on a new multifactor evaluation system, just before the state-appointed deadline. Had Buffalo failed to reach an agreement by Jan. 17, it would have lost out on nearly $34 million in additional state aid, prompting layoffs and devastating program …

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During his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to the Emancipation Proclamation that freed millions of slaves in 1863. But, he insisted, a hundred years later “… the Negro is still not free.”Today, we’re celebrating the birth of the civil rights leader a few weeks after marking the 150th anniversary of the…

They’re back, and not a moment too soon.Businesses that catered to Buffalo hockey fans suffered mightily during the National Hockey League’s 113-day lockout, while Western New York’s hockey fans went through an extended period of withdrawal. There was hardly a “Woo-hoo!” to be heard as the cavernous First Niagara Center stood empty and silent.No more. Today, the Sabres pla…