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It seems to us: UB and Walmart walk back blunders, and our wallets will be getting a touch of diversity

We suspect that University at Buffalo officials will do everything in their power to keep their word and never, ever allow a repeat of the heart-wrenching blunder that saw 5,109 high school students mistakenly receive emails saying they had been accepted.

UB meant to send out an email encouraging applicants to fill out their financial aid forms. University officials sent out clarifying emails a few hours later with deep regrets and apologies. About a quarter of the applicants later learned they had been accepted.

Possibly the worst example of that kind of snafu occurred back in 2009 when the University of California, San Diego sent out 28,000 acceptance emails to students who were supposed to receive rejection notices.

We’re glad to see Walmart had a change of heart and decided to install a Metro Bus stop right at its new store on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.

It took longer than it should have for the Arkansas-based company to come around, considering what happened back in 1995. Cynthia Wiggins, a 17-year-old mother, was crushed by a dump truck as she was trying to cross seven lanes of traffic on Walden Avenue heading to her job in the Walden Galleria food court. The mall had refused to allow NFTA buses onto mall property.

Walmart, after saying it was too late to rework the design and safely accommodate bus passengers on store property, adopted a suggestion by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Smart.

The store opened Wednesday. Buses should be running on schedule.

And speaking of reversing a bad decision, the Treasury Department has decided to let newly popular Alexander Hamilton keep his spot on the $10 bill and instead put a woman on the $20 bill. When African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman takes her place on the new $20 bill, paper currency will finally recognize and celebrate America’s diversity.

Tubman is not the first woman on our currency. Founding Father George Washington’s wife, Martha, had that privilege back in the 1800s. Sacagawea, the Shoshone guide who assisted Lewis and Clark on their Western expedition, has been featured on the highly unpopular golden dollar coin since 2000. Before that, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was featured on an equally unpopular dollar coin for a few years.

The $20 bill featuring Tubman is set to be released in 2020 in time for the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The backs of the $5 and $10 notes will also be changed to include images of suffragists and civil rights leaders.

The new $20 bill will honor the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom. Slave owner Andrew Jackson will be demoted from the front to the back of the bill.