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If by calling for state officials to rethink bail reform, critics mean there are areas to tweak, we agree. But that’s not what they seem to mean. Instead, they want Albany somehow to drop the bill it passed this year after some 18 months of effort because it is imperfect. State officials should look past those doubts and listen instead to Erie County District Attorney J…

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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has become a chronic rock-thrower in local politics, but he’s shown once again that he’s living in a glass house. An outside accounting firm reviewing his office’s auditing operations found a “serious deficiency” in its quality control practices, noting that an audit lacked proper documented evidence and, worse, that the problem …

Got your Bills playoff tickets yet? They went on sale this week, even though the Bills may or may not make the playoffs and even if they do, they may or may not play at home. It’s a thing. Under a new NFL policy, all teams in first place of their divisions or within three games of the lead, while also having a winning record, had to offer postseason game tickets not …

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What price for safety? That’s the question that hides within the push to provide transportation to students who must otherwise make their way through dangerous neighborhoods between home and school. The answer is that the price is going to be higher than Buffalo pays now, but that’s only part of it. The rest is that the School Board should consider that question as p…

When contemplating the seemingly endless quest to develop the former AM&A’s department store building in downtown Buffalo, one imperative emerges: Get on with it. A recent Buffalo News story detailed a number of government investigations surrounding a Chinese investment group’s $70 million redevelopment of the 10-story complex. Representatives from state and federal…

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The resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone gives the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo a chance to move forward from the sexual abuse scandal that has tarnished the church here for months. Malone’s retirement is not the end of the story, but a beginning. There is a long way to go in winning back the trust of Western New York Catholics who lost faith in an institution that wa…

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Medicaid is a crucial program for New Yorkers without other health insurance, but you wouldn’t know it from the way the Cuomo administration is playing with its finances: turning to financial gimmicks that paper over unexpected expenses while doing ignoring the problems behind them, including its higher-than-average costs. It’s politically expedient but it counts as both m…

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The first thing to say about the fine levied against Kaleida Health is that $500,000 wasn’t too much in light of the negligent management of a downtown nursing home. An infant died at HighPointe on Michigan and employees there falsified records regarding the death of a 56-year-old resident. A half-million dollars is hardly excessive, even though it is among the most signif…

Upstate and Western New York businesses would do well to take the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s advice and bid for any part of the $51.5 billion to modernize New York City’s buses, trains and subways. After all, regional taxpayer money and tolls already subsidize the city’s transit system. It is a statement of fact that cannot be overly emphasized and, as Patrick Foy…

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Neighborhood residents have offered a good deal of input into how they would like to see the Elmwood Crossing development take shape on the campus of the former Women and Children’s Hospital. Not all will get what they want, but the developers have been attentive. One vocal assortment of residents amplified their complaints with an online petition that’s gathered more t…

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It’s the kind of resistance that should have been expected. Change is often difficult, even when it is urgent. So it is as the country begins the crucial task of overcoming its dependence on fossil fuels and adopting clean sources of energy. That’s where the work of moving ahead with change begins: accepting the fact that a warming climate is a threat to the planet and …

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It’s not a cure-all for what ails the Buffalo City School District, but the decision to change the School Board election to November is a good move, assuming voters will play their roles. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week signed legislation moving the election date from the democratic desert of May, where it has long been stranded, to the November Tuesday when Americans ar…

How many people know the person who runs the dealership where they bought their last car? Most might be lucky to remember the name of their salesperson. Scott Bieler may be the exception. The president and CEO of West-Herr Automotive Group seems to be the kind of man whom people, including his employees, want to know. Because of his generosity, his concern for others an…

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The holiday season is upon us, and it is a time when people shop, prepare festive dinners and get together with family and friends. It’s also a time to consider those who are less fortunate. Not everyone has a place to live, or enough money to feed a family, or buy their children Christmas presents. Sometimes the basics are the very things missing, and if someone would …

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The jubilant holiday of Thanksgiving has a history that’s frequently connected to warfare – and that’s not counting the family political discussions between dinner courses. A group of Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe broke bread together in a 1621 feast in the Plymouth Colony of New England. The Wampanoag leader, known as Massasoit, had taught the Pilgrims to plant corn…