Share this article

Editorials

print logo
Editorials

By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Sun, Apr 27, 2014

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”– Amelia EarhartWhile Hillary Clinton continues to hold a huge lead in the next presidential election – with double-digit leads against all Republican challengers in the latest CNN polls – the fact is that Clinton is only one of numerous women leaders now prominent …

If you are the proud parent of a Dartmouth student, you should send a thank-you note to President Philip Hanlon. Actually, if you are the proud parent of a college student anywhere, or one nearing college age, you should also drop Hanlon a line.Because while the stemwinder of a speech that Hanlon delivered on April 16 was aimed at what he described as “extreme behavior” at…

It’s good to know that Russian President Vladimir Putin can depend on U.S. President Obama in a time of true need.In an affirmative “got your back!” moment, the Russian president declared that despite their, ahem, difficult relationship – the worst U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War – he believes Obama would pluck him out of the water if he were drowning.Reporters f…

Editorials

News staff reporters Jonathan D. Epstein and Jay Rey recently dug into the nuts and bolts of the hotel construction boom under way here, including upside comments from some developers and cautionary warnings of too much too soon from other experts.It is difficult not to get excited by the activity. Among the hotel projects: the Marriott Buffalo HarborCenter next to First N…

The recent concern about the safety of railroad tank cars hauling crude oil should be a clarion call for the rail industry and government to work together to come up with a solution.Just the other day, outgoing National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman criticized the rail industry, which she said is running outdated tanker cars filled with oil th…

Editorials

Few people of open minds and good hearts would deny that diversity is not just an admirable goal but a necessary one for colleges and universities that aim to prepare their students for life in the real world. And few would deny that minority populations have had and, to varying extents, still have unfair difficulty in taking advantage of the multiple benefits of higher ed…

What child-abuser Jeremy Bolvin did was monstrous. Now he’s out of jail after serving less than three years, but thanks to his revolting crime there is a better chance the next guy who beats a baby may not get out so soon.But even that’s not guaranteed.The 27-year-old North Tonawanda man was twice convicted of brutally beating his babies. In 2007, Bolvin was convicted of t…

Editorials

Reports that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may want to run for president are drawing groans from some voters, many of whom are Republican, the party of which Bush and his famous family are prominent members.That’s a symptom of what is undermining the national aspirations of the Republican Party, because Bush is exactly what the party needs if it hopes to thrive rather than …

If Monday wasn’t a crucial day in Boston’s storied history, it certainly seemed like it. In the first Boston Marathon since pressure cooker bombs killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 people, some of them grievously, the city once again showed its grit, this time joyfully, and seemed in some way to reclaim its spirit from the shadow of a terrible day.It started…

Editorials

No one wants to wonder whether his doctor is giving the best medical advice or withholding better treatment or prescriptions because of cost.But those questions are likely to start popping up in the minds of patients as pressure mounts for doctors to play not only the role of healer, but also accountant. Some of the most influential medical groups in the nation – the Ameri…

Funding from the New York Power Authority continues the job of remaking the Buffalo Niagara waterfront.As reported by T.J. Pignataro in The News, the latest projects include a kayak and canoe launch at a small Scajaquada Creek park, renovations at Riverside Park and a boathouse to serve the local rowing community.These pockets of development all tie in to help improve acce…

Editorials

If it was obvious before that Russia was pulling the strings in Ukraine to justify Russian intervention in a sovereign nation, it is now undeniable. The problem is that Russia may not care that its provocations are transparent. It will simply keep denying that it is doing what it is doing, and then keep on doing it.It continued that patter on Monday, and here’s why: Russia…

The reaction of officials in the Orleans County towns of Ridgeway and Shelby to the Village of Medina’s dissolution plan is indicative of the resistance encountered by such radical proposals.Town leaders are angry, and that’s putting it mildly, with Village Mayor Andrew W. Meier, who they said is spreading inaccurate information. Ridgeway and Shelby town officials released…

What do you think about Eric and Charlotte Kaufmans’ decision to sail across the Pacific Ocean in a small boat with their two small children? You have an opinion, don’t you? Meaning: They were nuts, right? Well, actually, I’m conflicted, and hesitant to pass judgment. I keep getting asked this question because recently I did the same thing.Ten years ago this April, my wife…

You practically need a scorecard to keep track of who’s being promoted in the Buffalo Fire Department and which of those people donated how much to what candidate. The Brown administration denies any quid pro quo, but it certainly is odd that for the past three years, not one of the top three leaders of the department had sufficient civil service rank to oversee even a fir…