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Catholic Charities is coming perilously close to falling short of its $11 million fundraising goal. In a high-needs community, that’s a problem. In response, a Catholic Charities Day of Giving is scheduled for Friday throughout the eight counties of Western New York to raise funds for the 2018 Appeal. The first $50,000 raised that day will be matched dollar for dollar t…

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When will the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority step up? It has a new board and will – before long, surely – have a new executive director. What else does it need before finally acting on the stomach-turning conditions at some of its properties? Maybe a push from Washington will help. Following Sunday’s News story on the BMHA’s lowest-ranking development, Langfield Ho…

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The U.S. Supreme Court last month issued a ruling that opened the door for states to make gambling on sports legal, a decision we agreed with. Now there is a full-court press by lobbyists in Albany to have the Legislature come up with a bill to legalize sports betting in New York before the legislative session is scheduled to end this month. Why the rush? There are 1…

So, now the fight between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon is playing out in the State Senate. That, at least, is one of the obvious influences in the Senate’s inability – and lack of interest – in accomplishing much of anything. It’s a losing strategy, for democracy in general and for Senate Republicans in particular. The Senate has b…

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A move is afoot in Buffalo to undo the damage that was inflicted 45 years ago, when school board elections were moved to May. The theory, perhaps well-intentioned, was that the change would drain the partisanship from elections that ought not to be colored by politics. Not only did it not work, but something worse happened: With predictably low voter turnout, school boa…

The National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks were named after a Disney movie, but it’s the Las Vegas Golden Knights who seem to be living in one. The Knights are tied with the Washington Capitals at one game apiece in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final. The story of how an expansion team in its first year not only made the playoffs but has gotten to within three wins …

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“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” said President John F. Kennedy. Wait until the rain is falling and it’s too late. Rain fell in record amounts last year along the Great Lakes watershed, causing more than $100 million in damage along the south shore of Lake Ontario, the lowest of the lakes. A water resources bill making its way through Congress w…

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What applies to Buffalo also applies to its school district: When it comes to reversing its fortunes, there is no silver bullet. Revival will be the result of multiple, interwoven efforts that address a complex web of challenges. That means trying as many realistic strategies as possible, understanding that some will work well and some won’t. For the city school distric…

If Tops ever stops, Western New York’s economy will be the poorer for it. The supermarket chain last week announced a settlement deal with the Teamsters on a pension dispute that clears away a $180 million hurdle in the company’s efforts to restructure its business after filing for bankruptcy in February. It was a welcome development. The deal between Tops, C&S W…

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President Reagan kept a sign on his desk that said, “There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Now might be a good time to revive that slogan if our community ever hopes to realize the chance to have a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course built next to South Park. Lawyer and civic advocate Kevin Gaughan has been lobbying for f…

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Finally, a little good news out of the Erie County Water Authority. Its leaders are promising a new “gold standard” of public transparency and openness, and frankly acknowledging the “minimalist” approach the authority has taken in dealing with the public and the media. It’s an encouraging change, to be sure, one for which its ratepayers have reason to be pleased. But w…

A new report produced by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership makes a persuasive case that, while downtown Buffalo is on the path to stability, it’s not yet where it needs to be. To that end, it argues, incentives need to be maintained, not curtailed in the false belief that a critical mass will be self-sustaining. No one wants to pay incentives. They shift costs from those …

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The owners of the Buffalo Bills, Terry and Kim Pegula, are starting what figures to be a long process of negotiations over how to get a new stadium built for the team. Replacing New Era Field might not have the same urgency as developing a quarterback, but it has to get done eventually to secure the long-term viability of the Bills in Western New York. The team has f…

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“I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” — President Ronald Reagan, May 26, 1983 … Memorial Day for many falls neatly into the category of hot dogs and hamburgers on the barbecue grill. But it was meant to be a day to recognize …

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Football can be hazardous to your health. That fact has been well-established in the past few years, as details have surfaced about the lasting impact of concussions. The National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell have often gone into a defensive crouch when it comes to concussion issues, but now have moved past the denial stage. In September 2016, the leag…