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Recently, in my old hometown in Montana, a man died of exposure. According to news reports, he was a Walmart employee in the town of Miles City, homeless and living in his car when the weather plunged to 27 degrees below zero.We tend to shrug off the homeless when we see them pushing their shopping carts or holding up signs asking for money. They’re mentally ill, we assume…

WASHINGTON – As the world’s leading connoisseur and curator of Bad Writing on the Internet, I often get letters from people about some common misuse of language that happens to annoy them. Most of these complaints are pedestrian. (Yes, I know “ATM machine” is redundant. Zzzz.) But reader Amity Horowitz just wrote in with an eye-opener. Coyly, Amity invited me to Google the…

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Fast-track authority is a good idea in auto racing, but not in international trade policy.That’s because fast track – also known as “trade promotion authority” – speeds trade pacts through Congress, denying the people’s representatives the chance to improve them.Our democracy is damaged, along with our economy. Since fast track’s original enactment in 1974, the United Stat…

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Like most Americans, I’m frustrated with the slow rate of economic growth in the United States over the last several years.Most proposals to fix the problem focus on domestic issues – government spending, taxes and infrastructure projects, to name a few.As the chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., I particularly like to talk about the need to invest in our nation’s infrast…

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The new year is going to start out poorly for a lot of Buffalo students. Because of a financial shortfall, the school district and its partner, Say Yes to Education, will not be able to offer the after-school programs they had been planning, and which the federal government requires.Say Yes originally planned to offer after-school programs two hours a day every school day …

One would think that being president of the United States would keep you busy enough getting the economy back on its feet, implementing a national health plan, pulling troops out of Afghanistan, dealing with Syria and North Korea and, well, you get the picture.But apparently, Barack Obama has time left over to watch television. As did George W. Bush before him, Bill Clinto…

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Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak is playing a game with voters that is every bit as intolerable as those he is accused of playing with his female staff members. The Cheektowaga Democrat needs to declare his innocence or resign.Gabryszak has hunkered down since a half-dozen former or current employees have come forward to accuse him of a pattern of sexual harassment. The detai…

The United States must pay more attention to its Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. If not, the mainland must be prepared for a financial disaster in the territory.Puerto Rico is coming closer to the financial brink with each passing day and now has an estimated debt of $70 billion, and growing rapidly. Its days of living large by borrowing to make up for bad investments and…

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Mayor Byron W. Brown took the oath of office the other day, marking the start of his third four-year term. Some politicians grow stale in the job. The good ones reinvent themselves, bringing fresh ideas and new solutions to old problems.For the future of the city and his own legacy, Brown must ensure that he falls into the latter category. We believe the mayor has moved th…

What if someone paid you huge sums of money to be hit by a Mack truck? And then, after you suffered the expected consequences, paid you another huge sum of money to do it all over again and again?While you could justifiably blame yourself for your injuries – after all, no one forced you to do it – there’s also some responsibility to be borne by those offering the huge sums…

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Probably few people were shocked to learn that New York State is about to fall behind Florida in the population game. The latest census report is simply more reason for state leaders to join Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s push to make staying up North more attractive to businesses and residents.According to census estimates for July 1, New York (population 19,651,127) is barely cl…

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OK, new year, fresh start. It’s the dawn of 2014 and all things seem possible. Here’s our list of headlines we’d like to see over the coming 12 months – some, admittedly, more likely than others:JANUARY. State to take over persistently failing school districts. In his annual State of the State address, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo follows through on his pledge to impose a “death s…

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News, by definition, counts as some kind of deviation from the norm. That accounts for the sense, held by many, that news is too often negative. Normal is paying your bills on time. When Congress threatens not to do that, it’s news. When child protective workers don’t protect children, and children die, that’s news.But what if the norm is already negative, and the deviatio…

Pamela C. Brown has been thrown a lifeline. She should grab it and go.The Buffalo school superintendent has been a disappointment in many ways, enough so that many private-sector leaders, and perhaps some in the public sector, have banded together in an effort to help her out the door. They are urging Brown to take a half-million-dollar buyout – far more than she will rece…

Here we are at the end of the year and Congress still has not acted on a new farm bill. This is truly unacceptable.Draconian cuts to food stamps being pushed by Republicans are worrisome for millions who depend on that help, but the best they can hope for is the much more lenient trim recommended by Democrats.Lawmakers say they’re close to a deal but, if so, they’d better …