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Editorial: It seems to us -- Emigrating instruments, political popularity and one man's generosity

What’s a cello without a cellist?
If you’re a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, it’s not just a sound-of-one-hand-clapping kind of question – though, it surely is that, as well. But here’s one practical answer: It’s an incredibly pricey thing to take overseas and, in that sense, more valuable than its player.
That’s what the BPO is dealing with as it prepares for next month’s concert tour in Poland: It costs more to transport an instrument than it does its player. They need special crates for protection and they need special documentation, too. Instruments made of Brazilian rosewood, elephant ivory or tortoiseshell – among other things – require legal documentation before they fly.
The last thing we need to be dealing with are claims of illegal immigration by American musical instruments.

Must be cold comfort for three New York Democrats; although their home state poll numbers have been sliding they’re still more popular than the state’s top politician, President Donald J. Trump.
Recent poll numbers from both Siena College and Quinnipiac University show Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer sliding in the eyes of voters. For better or worse, public disfavor often comes with the job. The top Democratic leader is, no surprise, viewed unfavorably by three-quarters of Republicans, according to a Siena pollster. Last month’s “the Schumer shutdown” moniker didn’t help. But we’re confident the veteran politician and frequent Buffalo visitor will do what he does best and continue taking his case to the people.
Same goes for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who are both up for reelection this year. Here’s some advice for all our New York politicians, though hard to follow given the nature of the business: Do your jobs as best you can and the voters will appreciate it.

Dave Davis is a generous man, especially when it comes to his beloved alma mater, Hobart & William Smith Colleges. The 94-year-old attended the colleges in the 1940s.
As a recent News article stated, Davis (Clarence A. Davis Jr., better known as “Dave”) has given generously to colleges over the years. More recently, the former owner of Queen City Garden Town Nursery donated its Harlem Road property to the colleges which in turn helped the schools to make $200,000 by reselling the property.
It is one example of his many gifts, from twice serving as president of the Niagara chapter of the Amateur Athletic Union to hiring athletes to work at the garden center to starting a local track club. From what we can tell, his greatest gift is his dedication to others.

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