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That light you see isn’t at the end of the tunnel. It’s at the far side of the Peace Bridge as trucks bound for the United States line up to be inspected by U.S. customs officers in Fort Erie, Ont. The deal, to hear Sen. Charles E. Schumer tell it, is all but done and it will have tremendous ramifications for Buffalo and the region.The plan, which still requires formal app…

The backyard revelry was at a height as I watched my young granddaughters Scarlett and Daisy run, throw, kick and bat the ball. I ruminated upon their future. Would I someday be watching them represent their country in the Olympics? Amazingly, it seems that anything is possible for this twosome as a result of this Year of the Woman Athlete, as embodied by the London Olympi…

The Buffalo Bills have lost their last two football games by a combined total of 66 points. The team hasn’t made the playoffs for 12 years, and it looks as though this will be the 13th. The quarterback, whose specialty seems to be throwing ugly incompletions, would be second string on half the teams in the NFL. There is continuing speculation that the team could be leaving…

The recent spate of attacks by Afghan forces against their coalition counterparts is troubling, to say the least, but it should not change the timetable for withdrawal.The announcement earlier this year by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta that the United States will end its combat mission there in 2013, one year earlier than expected, remains a viable plan.The military ca…

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This is actually a very easy equation: A + B = C.A) A notable (if insufficient) portion of the tax payments made by Buffalo residents goes to support the city school district.B) Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown represents all of those taxpayers.C) He should be more than slightly involved in ensuring that taxpayers’ investment is well-placed.Yet, he isn’t. Brown and his aides g…

By William J. Morgan Jr.The words of Brian Fischer, commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, in an October public statement about Special Housing Units reveals it all:“The debate over what is an appropriate sentence for a crime committed in society or within the confines of a prison elicits competing points of view. The New York Civil Libert…

You could say I know something about prejudice. I was the oldest of four growing up in a German/Irish neighborhood. My parents were German. Dad was a truck driver. Mom did not work. We lived in our own little world.Dad’s philosophy was “stick to your own.” You could say my parents were prejudiced against everyone who wasn’t like us. Actually a better word would be “fearful…

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For years, leaders within the health care industry and observers outside it have been saying that the U.S. system of delivering health care needs to move to a system that rewards health professionals for outcomes, not procedures. That day has arrived – long after it was due, but this change is upon us. Consider two recent developments. As of Monday, Medicare will fine hosp…

WASHINGTON – At the moment, Joe Biden’s position in the campaign arrives as an irony. Holding a trifling job and banished to the woodshed for some malapropisms, the Democrats’ presidential campaign may turn on how the vice president performs in his televised debate three days from now. In his match Thursday with Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, th…

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In a meeting with The News editorial board, Buffalo’s new school superintendent said something that shows her head is in the right place as she takes on the task of turning around this long-struggling school district. Actually, it was two things she said, first in setting a goal of reaching an 80 percent graduation rate in five years and then, in a clear-eyed statement, de…

The Buffalo Arts and Technology Center will be a welcome neighbor for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus as it promises to train the unemployed and underemployed for jobs in a key sector of the local economy. Much has been written lately about good jobs going unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the right skills. The center, expected to open in 2014, will hel…

By Taylor Pendergrass Solitary confinement – the harshest possible punishment within the prison system – is used on an unprecedented scale in New York. The state’s top prison official concedes the point. “I’ll admit, we overuse it,” Brian Fischer, commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, said in January. The New York Civil Liberties Union ju…