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PLAYA GIRON, Cuba – I am in a village on the south coast of Cuba, a rustic area where wild pigs once ran in such abundance as to prompt passing merchant vessels and pirate ships to drop anchor and send hunting parties ashore. They called the place the Bay of Pigs. Historically key but geographically remote, Playa Giron is noteworthy now mostly for the modest museum memoria…

It has been a year of transition in the world, with the United States removing its front-line military presence from Afghanistan and rethinking its international role. Transnational issues, such as climate change and preservation of natural resources, have been pushed to the forefront by their potentially critical effects on the future of our world.Unfortunately, but predi…

President Obama may have sounded a bit off his game when being barraged with questions by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, but he was really off when trying to size up last Sunday’s Super Bowl blowout.First, politics. O’Reilly suited up for a pregame interview with the president in which he touched on just about every subject bothering the right and avoided by the left: the botche…

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It’s disappointing to have the most powerful legislator in the Assembly throw in with critics of the Common Core standards by getting behind the call for a two-year delay in implementation of educational reforms that are already long overdue.That the educational system in the state isn’t working as well as it should is an understatement. Too many students are graduating fr…

A two-year, $1.9 million grant secured by Open Buffalo, a collaborative effort of four local nonprofits, should make a difference in the lives of people stuck at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. And, in doing so, make this a better community.Along with deserved excitement about the work being accomplished by the Buffalo Billion, there should be recognition of how …

The economy is on a slow recovery, but one factor holding it back is the enormous student loan debt built up by many young college graduates who are now unable to repay the money.Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is renewing her push for legislation that would allow borrowers to refinance their federal student loans at lower interest rates. President Obama talked about t…

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In the end, it appears to have come down to money – hardly unusual in business, especially one as competitive as health care. Initial reports suggest that while Kaleida Health remained profitable, the margins were too thin for comfort and so, on Friday, the hospital system’s board cut James R. Kaskie loose.We don’t know the ins and outs of the action well enough to conclud…

The future is arriving quickly, at least for those who grew up with the Jetsons and for whom the idea of an intelligent car remains tucked away with the light sabers in the sci-fi regions of the cerebral cortex.Yet, here it comes, a product of a joint effort of big business and big government. If it works, it will save lives and put a feather in the caps of both frequently…

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You have to admire the Buffalo school principals who started much-needed after-school programs on their own, without waiting for funding to be finalized. Unfortunately, the district pulled the rug out from under five of those schools by canceling their programs.The students themselves are again on the losing end of a deal that will save the district money in the short term…

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At risk of oversimplifying a horrifying national trend, the problem of opioid addiction is something akin to a bicycle inner tube with a bulge in it: Squeeze the tube back into shape and the bulge appears somewhere else. So it has turned out to be with the critical efforts to crack down on the abuse of prescription painkillers.As New York and other states have made it more…

Principals and administrators at four of the area’s elite high schools whose students and graduates were involved in that wildly destructive house party Dec. 27 deserve credit for attempting to confront what has to be an embarrassing reflection on their institutions.Letters sent to parents and alumni by school leaders of City Honors School, Canisius High School, Nardin Aca…

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The closure of 10 Catholic elementary schools in Erie County, affecting 1,154 students and 195 teachers and staff, has naturally led to the discussion of alternatives, including the notion that an education tax credit is the answer. It isn’t.While Bishop Richard J. Malone has talked about the “dollar for dollar” investment under the Education Investment Tax Credit, it woul…

The results of this poll were as predictable as the changing of the seasons: As the federal deficit has plummeted, so has the public’s interest in dealing with the federal budget deficit. There is a certain mathematical sense to that, of course, but it is also important not to let this become a lost opportunity.The federal budget deficit has taken up a lot of attention ove…

He can still dunk like a butterfly, but in the personally tragic case of former basketball pro Dennis Rodman in North Korea, the embrace of Kim Jong Un and his policies stings like a bee. Rodman is only the most recent example of sports diplomacy gone awry. And with the Sochi Olympics just days away, it is inevitable that a new cadre of unpredictable athlete diplomats will…

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Fifty years ago, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry announced the bombshell conclusions of a new report to a crowded room of journalists: Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, is associated with other deadly illnesses and warrants remedial action.That January 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking and health spurred profound and lasting changes in tobacco use and policies…