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One money-grab at a time. Before New York State allows in-person sports betting that could further enrich the Seneca Nation of Indians, it should require that the nation’s three Western New York casinos pay all the money they already owe to the state and, through it, to the cities of Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca. There’s no way that Albany should move ahead w…

It’s Marketing 101: Do not offer a special deal if you’re not prepared to follow through. And especially do not do it to mothers on the one day of the year set aside to honor their many contributions. The people at Tim Hortons apparently skipped that class. The ubiquitous coffee-and-doughnut chain had offered a free “mom-sized” iced coffee at two Western New York loc…

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We are unequivocally pro-voting. Voter turnout always seems like a disappointment, except in the most hotly contested elections. All citizens should exercise their franchise. But doing so does not excuse us from our other adult responsibilities – even if the State of New York, perhaps inadvertently, has tacitly encouraged that very thing. When the State Legislature pass…

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How important is Erie County Medical Center’s trauma and emergency department to Western New York? In 2018, the department treated more than 70,000 patients, and more than 7,400 of those were transferred from other hospitals. The Grider Street facility is the only Level I adult trauma and emergency department in the eight-county region, the go-to place for numerous type…

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There really is no free lunch. The aphorism comes to mind in considering the matter of housing costs in Buffalo. They’re going up, so much and so fast that builders can’t afford to construct houses priced for first-time buyers. That’s one of the costs of Buffalo’s welcome and ongoing revival. As problems go, it’s not a bad one to have, especially since it goes hand in h…

If the residents of the suffering 27th Congressional District are looking for some good news – and they could use some – they can find it in reports that State Sen. Chris Jacobs is considering a run for that House seat. Indeed, even the possibility counts as some of the best news that put-upon district has had in years. The decade beginning 2009 sure seemed to be shapin…

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Starting a company is like climbing a mountain. It’s a high-risk endeavor where one false step can mean the difference between planting your flag at the top or plunging into obscurity. ACV Auctions, the tech startup featured in Sunday’s News, is looking pretty sure-footed. The company, maker of an app used by car dealers to buy and sell used cars, has created 300 jobs i…

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It was never just about the Catholic Church. Yes, the church’s role in harboring clerics who abused children – and then in shamefully covering up those crimes – delivered a profound shock to the public conscience, but does it matter to a child if the adult sexually abusing him or her is a priest or a camp counselor or a relative? Or a Boy Scout leader? Pedophiles …

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“I’m Hanna Hall, a 5’3” Division I point guard from the University at Buffalo, and I struggle with mental illness every day.” With those words, the UB basketball star, who helped the Bulls win the Mid-American Conference championship this past season, turned herself into a hero for mental health advocates. Hall released a video this past week, through the NCAA, in which…

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The statistics in a story in today’s Buffalo News are striking: In the first three months of this year, nearly double the number of people in Canada tried cannabis products for the first time as compared with the same period a year ago. Last October, Canada became just the second nation to legalize recreational marijuana use, joining Uruguay. A survey by the Canadian go…

It may not be a bad idea, when you think about it; Developer/politician/critic/bad boy Carl Paladino has offered to buy most of the Commodore Perry low-income housing complex near downtown Buffalo and to redevelop it into a residential and commercial neighborhood. His opening bid: $1. In response, Gillian Brown, the executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing…

This shouldn’t be that difficult. The answer to what to do with Erie County’s budget surplus is to: 1. Meet the county’s obligations. 2. Catch up on essential work that needs doing. 3. Save the rest – or most of it – to defray residents’ 2020 tax bills. Done. And yet, the county’s elected officials are predictably squabbling over what to do with money that i…

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Mayor Byron W. Brown’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20 is not exactly a lean one, but it does something few municipal budgets ever achieve: It decreases spending. Brown’s stay-the-course plan, subject to approval by the Common Council, is for $508.6 million in expenditures, a 1% decrease from the last fiscal year. A city with large swaths of poverty has great ne…

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What happened in Buffalo Tuesday was a travesty. Or, more accurately, the travesty is what didn’t happen – and it makes the case for fundamental change. With all nine seats on the Buffalo School Board up for election, only five were competitive – and barely that. According to the Erie County Board of Elections, voter turnout Tuesday was a paltry and corrosive 6.6%. …