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The questions surrounding video of an Erie County sheriff’s deputy assaulting a man at a Buffalo Bills game last year begin with why that officer wasn’t charged with a crime and end with whether this is a professionally managed sheriff’s department or home to a corps of lone wolves lacking any fear of either their boss or the law. The video, which recorded a confrontati…

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George H.W. Bush was, literally and figuratively, a man from a different era. Both his mannerisms and his manners are hardly recognizable in today’s miserable politics. It’s not that he was the last good man to serve in the White House — his son, George W. Bush and the son’s successor, Barack Obama, were both good and decent men, whatever criticisms anyone may have had of …

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A recent and uplifting story in The News offered a reminder of the strength and vibrancy that newcomers bring to this community and why they should be welcomed with open arms and hearts. These particular newcomers are citizens of the United States whose island was devastated by a hurricane in September of last year. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Their island was o…

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The problems plaguing the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority run deep. The old saying, “not enough money in the world,” applies. So, when Council President Darius G. Pridgen suggested that $1 billion may be needed to renovate the Housing Authority properties, and that a study should be conducted to determine the figure, anyone familiar with the long-standing issues cou…

Well, who else would it be? Pancho Billa, also known as Ezra Castro, has been named as the inaugural member of the Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame, part of the proposed BFLO Hall of Fame Experience. “I almost feel like he’s the face of the Buffalo Bills fan,” said Therese Forton-Barnes, director of strategic planning for the nonprofit organization. The plan is to create a comb…

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School districts have tried anti-bullying campaigns for years. It’s impossible to quantify their success — how do you measure a bad thing that didn’t happen? — but most of us know bullying when we see it, which is far too frequently in the Buffalo Public Schools. Erie County Family Court Judge Brenda M. Freedman is taking the effort to curb such behaviors beyond school …

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General Motors plants in the Town of Tonawanda and Lockport are not in the crosshairs. That’s the good news. But here’s the shocker: the company plans to idle five factories in North America and eliminate approximately 14,000 jobs. For the affected workers and their families, it goes without saying: These will be difficult times, as production ends at assembly plants in…

There is about 35 percent less vehicle traffic on the international bridges connecting the United States and Canada than there was in the year 2000. That’s not much comfort, though, if you’re stuck in a long line of cars and trucks trying to cross. Relief is in sight for motorists entering the U.S. on the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schu…

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When Byron Lockwood took the reins as Buffalo’s police commissioner in June, he pledged to use community policing to show residents that officers are “the good guys.” The department launched a Neighborhood Engagement Team to go into some higher-crime neighborhoods and get to better know the citizens as well as coordinate with community groups like Buffalo Peacemakers. T…

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Second in a series of editorials It’s not just the LLC loophole that needs fixing, if New York is to commit to a new era of government ethics. State government is awash in corruption that needs to be attacked on several fronts. With his third-term well in hand, it’s up to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to lead the way. That will be to the benefit of all New Yorkers, including …

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A popular maximum says “it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission.” The idea is that decisive action is better than risking delay while seeking approval. The concept doesn’t often work when it comes to legislation, where haste can make for bad laws. That’s the case with the generally sensible efforts to legalize recreational marijuana use in New York Stat…

Young people need jobs and employers need young people to fill jobs as baby boomers retire in ever greater numbers. It is not always easy to meet the need, which is where Say Yes Buffalo, with a generous donation from Citi Foundation, has stepped up. The nonprofit, whose mission is to ensure free college tuition for graduates of Buffalo public schools who enroll in a st…

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Better economic times have not reached all corners of society, let alone in one of the poorest big cities in the nation. Families are still struggling, with breadwinners living paycheck to paycheck and, in some cases, holding down two and three jobs. Readers of this newspaper have sympathized — sometimes cried — over heart-rending stories of children who go without gift…

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. may have decided not to prosecute a long controversial portion of the SAFE Act, but that decision will do nothing to end the confusion. That job falls to the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who passed the law six years ago. Five years ago, U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny upheld key parts of the SAF…

It is, finally, Christmas season, though still unofficial. Yes, the stores have been hauling out their holiday decorations since before Halloween and some incorrigible radio stations have already been filling the airwaves with Christmas music. But, now, with Thanksgiving past and a pre-winter chill setting in, it’s time for the caroling and Christmas shopping to begin. …