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Erie County’s sheriff was at it again on Saturday, taking part in uniform in a political rally, a place the head of county law enforcement had no business. It was terrible judgment – again – on the part of Sheriff Timothy Howard. Howard took a leading role in the Spirit of America rally that drew several hundred people to Niagara Square. That it was meant to support the…

Since 1872, the year that America created the world’s first national park, the parks have been under threat. At first, the danger came from official indifference, but soon enough, it was because politicians couldn’t resist the temptation to exploit the parks. It’s happening again, as President Trump threatens to ease restrictions on drilling in as many as 42 of the coun…

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If plans for mixed-income housing on the East Side get off the ground, it could signal the change many have called for in that part of the city. The fact that there is a proposal on the table by a trio of developers is a positive sign. As recently reported in The News, the developers specialize in affordable housing and they want to use their expertise on what would be …

Modern technology came crashing into Buffalo’s venerable City Hall in the form of a drone last week. It was a bit of a new spin on the old accident of a baseball smashing a neighbor’s window. This window, however, was on the 23rd floor. Fortunately, no one was in the office at the time. The Rochester man who owns the drone offered to pay for the window, expected to cost ab…

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President Trump’s order to undo his predecessor’s policies on clean energy is unnecessary, unwise and, regarding Buffalo’s economic hopes, unwanted. He has made a bad mistake. Forget, for the moment, the fears about the effect of fossil fuels on climate change which, if scientists are to be believed, is real and holds the potential for widespread calamity. Forget, too, …

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Question: When is a private transaction not a private transaction? Answer: When the deal has important public ramifications that affect other people’s lives. And, with that, the case should be closed. The issue comes up periodically, and most recently with the $7 million purchase of a building at the corner of Perry and Illinois streets. Terry and Kim Pegula, whose B…

There was much to like in Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz’s fifth State of the County address, especially a number of programs to help the poor and protect the elderly. Without spending huge sums of money, his initiatives could end up helping significant numbers of residents in the coming years. Such things as: • “Help Me Grow,” which will screen children fro…

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Let’s be blunt: President Trump’s policy halve the number of refugees entering the United States will hurt Buffalo. These new arrivals are carefully vetted. They pose little in the way of threat to the safety of the community; rather, they help to bolster its otherwise declining population and they become economic contributors to the region. We should be welcoming and e…

The positive impact of Catholic Charities is apparent throughout Western New York. The nonprofit’s work touches the lives of many regardless of religious affiliation and across age, culture and demographic boundaries. The work is fueled by the generous people of Western New York. The 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal, the 93rd, is underway with a goal of $11 million. Today…

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It is unconscionable that New York State moved a dangerous Level 3 sex offender into a nursing home in Western New York and, worse, that it did so without ensuring that administrators in the home knew about it. Who was looking out for Thomas Moore’s alleged victims, most of whom were suffering from dementia? It’s true that state officials had no good options under the c…

Western New York is home to five of the unhealthiest counties in the state, a complex problem that can best be addressed in parts, with those many pieces eventually becoming a solution. An annual ranking of health outcomes by the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Cattaraugus County 60 out of 62 in the state, Niagara County 58 and Chautauqua County 54. Erie…

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Testing is an important element in the educational process. Without measuring progress it is impossible to know how well students are doing in any given subject or how well school districts are doing in the critical job of delivering on high-quality education. Therefore, with New York State English language arts assessments underway for most third- through eighth-grader…

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This is the Uber Year for Albany. The inexplicably difficult effort to allow ride-hailing services to operate in upstate New York seems at times to dominate a debate that also includes such critical issues as education, health care, ethics, economic development and more. That’s how Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services want it and, frankly, it’s not inappropriate. …

While Albany’s elected leaders are hashing out the latest state budget, they need to add some relief for businesses plagued by the high costs of workers’ compensation. This is not a new topic. Legislators and the governor can go to their archives and reacquaint themselves with all of the failures to reduce an unnecessary burden on businesses, nonprofits and local govern…