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Rejecting public calls to resign, Bishop Richard J. Malone on Sunday used a biblical metaphor. “The shepherd does not desert the flock in a difficult time,” he said. The sad truth is that Bishop Malone has lost his way, as well as his credibility, in his handling of abuse allegations against priests in the Diocese of Buffalo. It is time for him to step down. The dioc…

New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said it best. Diverting federal education money to buy guns for teachers is “atrocious and ill-conceived.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering letting states use federal money to pay for firearms and firearms training. Doing so would reverse a longstanding federal policy against funding gun purchases. That policy…

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We share the Buffalo school board president and district’s outrage and disgust that Erie County Youth Detention employees placed leg irons on an 8-year-old boy and left him shackled while he waited in Family Court to appear before a judge in February. This unjustifiable action serves no purpose other than convincing that boy and others that there is no hope for the futu…

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When Sen. John McCain walked into a room, he commanded attention not by well-honed public speaking but through the force of his personality. McCain, a lion of the U.S. Senate and an American hero, died on Saturday at age 81. The former Vietnam prisoner of war turned politician never shrank from a fight, but he also never hesitated to reach across the aisle. Our national…

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The 49-year agreement between a nonprofit group and the Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad will open up a new world to those who had no idea the beauty beneath their feet. They will find it because of the pact allowing the construction of a 27-mile trail along the rail line from Orchard Park to Ashford. The project will also spur economic development to businesses that will no…

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A 17-month-old boy and his 54-year-old grandmother were gunned down on the front porch of her Grape Street house in early July. One month later, also on Buffalo’s East Side, a 31-year-old mother of five was shot to death in broad daylight in a car containing three of her young children. The summer’s rising heat index has coincided with outbreaks of gun violence that put…

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This is unfortunate, but given the Catholic Church’s commitment to its teachings and New York’s commitment to marriage equality, the outcome isn’t surprising: On Thursday Catholic Charities announced that it will close the foster parent and adoption services it offers. The crisis arose recently when a same-sex couple applied to the Catholic agency to become adoptive fos…

For all who believe humans have already discovered everything there is to see on Earth, we give you Brazil. There, near the country’s border with Peru, a drone is reported to have discovered a previously unknown and isolated Amazon tribe whose members have had no contact with the outside world. These are people who have never heard of Stormy Daniels, if you can imagine.…

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It’s indisputable: Give young people an example to model and they’re likely to be influenced. The problem in Buffalo, and many other places around the country, is that too many young men are surrounded by examples that can tempt them into a lifetime of trouble. The need has been to counter that influence with those of successful men – men who look like them and who offe…

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Remember when the waterfront, including Canalside, was just a figment of everyone’s imagination? It wasn’t even Canalside. Or the waterfront. Not in the sense of place. Those came later. Back then, only a few years ago, the area that bordered Buffalo’s waterfront – the city’s defining resource – was a wasteland. How things have changed. Now, the once moribund portion…

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It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, given other instances of questionable spending by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. While another recently uncovered instance appeared to be based on nepotism and evasions of standard bidding practices, the most recent report seems to be based in good part on laziness. The problem, at a minimum, is that leaders of the BMHA h…

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When it comes to selecting coaches for sports teams at public schools, seniority rules. It's a problem that requires attention. At Hutchinson Central Technical School, members of the football team signed a petition asking that Nick Todaro be reinstated as head coach after he was passed over for the job in favor of another teacher who has more seniority. Todaro, forme…

Water is often taken for granted until the day it stops flowing. Wisely, the Town of Tonawanda has no intention of letting that day arrive for the manufacturers that depend on water from the former Huntley Generating Station. NRG Energy shut down the coal-to-energy facility in March 2016, but the site has continued providing untreated water for use by area manufacturers…

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There were no shots fired, but a battle of dueling press releases broke out a few days ago over the proposal to put a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in South Buffalo. Civic advocate Kevin Gaughan sent out word that he had passed a milestone this month by completing the purchase of 107 acres of land that he intends to be the site of the course. Mayor Byron W. Brow…

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One could hardly blame the victims of child sex abuse perpetuated by Catholic priests for feeling frustrated. Many middle-aged adults have steadily come forward after years of misplaced shame to tell their family, friends and community about priests who took advantage of them when they were children. Even now, the tremors of humiliation and rage are palpable. Coming …