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Things change. It’s a fact of life. Whether the Erie Canal needs to change is a question that needs to be carefully evaluated, but if a consultant’s recommendations are crucial to protecting the Great Lakes from further encroachment by invasive species, it would be foolish to rule them out. Such changes are, in some fashion, on the table. A consultant to a task force em…

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The conflict between a local doctor’s group and Independent Health may be creating stresses among professionals – and patients – but, in fact, it’s an appropriate argument. Its’s exactly the kind of debate that this country’s confused and expensive health care system needs. The question, in a nutshell, comes down to this: When there are two ways to carry out a medical p…

As a promotional stunt, it’s unsurpassed, at least in recent memory. As a dietary strategy … well, we’ll wait to see. But it sure was fun. You know what we’re talking about. Chef’s Restaurant promoted its new Chef’s On the Go location in Williamsville by promising a lifetime of the restaurant’s signature spaghetti parmesan. Working in partnership with 97 Rock, the resta…

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To members of the grieving families whose loved ones have died while in the custody of Erie County’s jails, there is no comfort in knowing that jail mortality has become a growing epidemic in the United States. The number of inmates who take their own lives is particularly disturbing. According to U.S. Department of Justice data, suicide in U.S. jails hit a high of 50 d…

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The one-month strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers has taken a financial toll on both sides. The company has lost an estimated $2 billion in profit, and GM workers subsisted on strike pay that is considerably less than their normal paycheck. The agreement announced Wednesday is tentative until it is ratified by the UAW and workers are sent back to th…

Every customer wants people like Gary and Christine Carlson taking care of them. Because of this couple’s strong work ethic, faithfulness and loyalty, people have been donating to the GoFundMe account set up to raise money to buy them a pre-owned vehicle. The well-earned generosity goes even further with Scott Bieler’s pledge to cover the difference between what is r…

Negotiations had gone into overtime for a deal to save Fosdick Field. The Buffalo Public Schools drew up a winning play. The BPS announced an agreement Tuesday to purchase the four-acre tract in front of City Honors School for $1. That will mean a top-notch athletic field will be available for City Honors students and for other Buffalo high schools, and in off hours wil…

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Patricia A. Skowron wasn’t the only one confused. Anyone dealing with tax bills and equalization rates would be. There’s a solution and it runs through Albany. Skowron’s bill from the Iroquois Central School District was a horse pill: Her taxes had risen by $660, even as those at a nearby house of similar value went up less than $100. That disparity is a flashing signal…

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Niagara Falls' school superintendent hit the nail on the head: “This has got to stop.” If it doesn’t, a student will be injured or killed. The only questions are when and where. The problem is reckless drivers who think, somehow, they are above the law and illegally pass stopped school buses whose red lights are flashing. Why does this even have to be said? But, a…

Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood has shown he is not a prisoner of past practices, not stuck to procedures because “that’s what we’ve always done.” The Buffalo Police Department, under Lockwood, demonstrates a willingness to embrace creative approaches, such as active outreach to build ties with the public through community policing. One of the newest in…

A nurse’s Facebook post about influenza is going viral – and so is the flu. Amanda Bitz wrote a piece about the urgency of getting vaccinated against the flu that has been shared 81,000 times. Her message is worth repeating: “The flu shot is not always about you,” she wrote. “It’s about protecting those around you, who cannot always protect themselves.” More than hal…

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It’s like the waves that ripple from a pebble tossed in a pond except for one thing: The resignation of a corrupt congressman is more like dropping a boulder into rough waters. For some constituents, the turbulence can upend daily life. The sooner those waters can be calmed, the better. That’s why Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo needs to schedule a special election to fill the vac…

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New York State’s lawsuit against the International Joint Commission is more likely to make headlines than make a difference. It’s never a bad thing for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to fight for the state, but trying to recoup money for compensatory funds paid to victims of flooding on Lake Ontario isn’t going to solve the problem. The state’s Department of Environmental Conserv…

Around the country, and no less so in Western New York, independent dairy farmers are under economic siege. It’s difficult for them to make a living producing the milk and related products that are falling under the sway of corporate farming. So, when these struggling New Yorkers are offered the chance to monetize their underused pastures by renting the space out for ar…