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Editorial: On helping children, first responders and animals, but hurting business

The 45 middle and high school students in the Hand in Hand project at the Health Sciences Charter School have made a difference in the lives of three young children, ages 4, 5 and 9, who were each born missing a hand.

Teens in the WNY STEM summer camp created the hands using designs made available by e-Nable. The online community uses 3-D printers to create fabricated hands and arms for people around the world. And it’s free. A.W. Miller received the prototypes and returned a durable, lightweight finished product of plastic and carbon fiber.

Reading how these youngsters are able to do things like tie their own shoes or ride a bicycle is heartwarming. The summer program is over but life’s lessons have just begun.

Folks around here are not surprised to hear that Wegmans stepped up in Charlottesville, Va.

A post on the Metro Richmond Fire Incidents page Sunday described how the Wegmans store in that area fed 1,500 members of law enforcement, National Guard and Virginia State Police troopers during last week’s conflict.

Store managers and employees took it upon themselves to do this work after one of the first responders walked in looking for food to purchase. “The store practically refused to take a payment until we told them we wouldn’t leave until they did,” according to the post.

Good job, Wegmans.

From one animal shelter to another, of sorts. Well, a lot more luxurious.

The Ensminger Road site in the Town of Tonawanda, longtime home to the SPCA Serving Erie County, will soon become the second location for Creature Comforts Pet Resort. Amenities include luxury boarding, day care, grooming and training. Creature Comforts has another location, which opened in 2011 in the SPCA’s former satellite shelter on Pontiac Road in Angola.

The amenities these pets enjoy might rival that of their owners’ digs. So, who really is on vacation?

Upstate needs downstate business to thrive. New York City and its suburbs give more than they get from Albany. So when a recent New York Times article describes the cool relationship between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the business community, it’s a concern. Businesses are being incentivized to go to other states.

No one expects him to be as comfortable rubbing elbows with the elites as his predecessor, billionaire businessman Michael R. Bloomberg, but de Blasio could try harder to communicate; at least not overtax and under-incentivize.

Still, many business executives have grown used to the mayor. That’s good. We need business to stick around, and if they don’t feel welcome downstate, they can move upstate.

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