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The iconic Statue of Liberty, positioned in New York Harbor to welcome those entering the United States, stands as a symbol of what’s best about our country and the freedom it has offered so many.But it was only when I visited Lady Liberty for the first time recently that I discovered something else she represents: an early example of crowdfunding. A display in the museum …

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The Seneca Nation made a lot of promises when it negotiated a deal to open a casino in Buffalo. It should be held to its word.A News analysis found that early promises of a thousand jobs, improved streets and marketing pitches to gamblers outside Western New York appear to have been only partially fulfilled. Traffic signals remain missing at two intersections near the casi…

Whatever occurs in the usual eleventh hour of the state budget negotiations, someone should make sure that the new Common Core learning standards are not delayed.Unsurprisingly, there is tinkering with the controversial plan and not all of it to the benefit of students who would be better served with higher standards.The Common Core offers the types of academic challenges …

Who knew that joining the Secret Service could be so, well, fun? Until your unconscious body is dragged out of the hallway by hotel staff. Then, not so much fun.The most recent rowdy episode involving the president’s protectors occurred last weekend in the Netherlands. The agent was found passed out in the hotel hallway after he and two others went drinking – in violation …

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Wow. Where did this guy come from? Well, this “guy” came from Latin America, a land where poverty was rampant and thousands of people, including nuns and priests, had been murdered in the struggle for justice. It’s no wonder that Pope Francis’ first major document, “Evangelii Gaudiam” (“The Joy of the Gospel”) urged communities worldwide to address the poverty and greed pr…

If someone’s child is about to die from a heroin overdose, we seriously doubt that parents care whether it’s a police officer or a firefighter administering the lifesaving antidote.This is about saving lives. Yet the Narcan that forestalls the effects of heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses has gotten entangled in the typical mess where the unions want certain dema…

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President Obama had to do something drastic to ease American concern following the outrage that resulted from the phone records fiasco.The National Security Agency had been collecting millions of phone records from private citizens on the off chance some needle in that haystack might have links to terrorism. So far, the culling of such data has not produced links to terror…

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It is bad enough that Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown continues to feign disbelief about what is going on in her own administration. Now she has gone back on her word about being transparent.Not that Brown ever became a model of transparency, but she recently took a couple of actions that showed outright disdain for the concept.One involved the district’s rec…

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If ever there were a legend in Western New York, it was Ralph C. Wilson Jr. And in a sports-crazy town whose heroes include Jim Kelly, the French Connection and even B. Thomas Golisano, that’s saying something.The only owner the Buffalo Bills ever had died on Tuesday at the happy age of 95. His life was long, productive and devoted in no small part to his team and the city…

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The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is taking valuable lessons from news that it must start over in its application for $30 million in funding as part of the federal Choice Neighborhood Program.That’s even while being told it did receive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development nearly $8.4 million to use toward capital improvements in its public housin…

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District officials and board members have approached an unhappy set of options to cope with decades of plummeting enrollment openly with the public. That means something.Kenmore Middle School would close, but could reopen as an administration building under each of the four reorganization plans being considered by the board.The district’s u…

New Yorkers pay among the highest residential electric rates in the continental United States. And yet, consumers have no one to advocate for lower rates. On the other hand, utilities have plenty of lawyers and experts able to “prove” the need for higher rates.The saddest thing about this arrangement is that the customers end up paying utilities to push for higher rates. T…

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Maybe now Washington will listen. With an al-Qaida magazine noting Buffalo’s charms as a terrorist target, perhaps the federal government will restore the security funding that was taken away.It is at least mildly alarming to find that the magazine, Inspire, is reporting to potential terrorists that Buffalo Niagara is not prepared for an attack. While the observation may b…

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Maybe the judge could have come down harder on Tonawanda Coke, but the sentence he imposed on the company and its disgraced former environmental controls manager is going to hurt and it will be surprising if others contemplating or committing such reckless pollution don’t take notice.U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny was clear in his condemnation of the company. Calli…

Few would dispute that this has been one of the worst winters in memory. Exception given to the Blizzard of ’77, of course, which will forever stand on its own.The bitter weather has affected everyone, but those residents along Buffalo Creek in West Seneca have been especially hard hit. An estimated 70 homes and more than two dozen vehicles suffered damage when an ice jam …