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Increasing the number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents should be a matter of dollars and cents. More agents equal more sales.The more agents to question drivers and inspect vehicles, the faster the crossing times and the better we can attract Canadian visitors coming here to patronize our stores, concerts and sporting events.Simple. Right?But this is the Peace …

Don’t let Israelis, Saudis derail accord with IranIsrael and Saudi Arabia have denounced the tentative deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu calls it a historic mistake. The Saudis, who financed Pakistan’s nuclear program and whose ruling royal family members supported Osama bin Laden, are deeply suspicious of the proposed agreement.If there has been a …

Why is post office hiding religious Christmas stamp?This isn’t about the SAFE Act, fracking or immigration. Instead, I write about the mailing I received recently from the U.S. Postal Service promoting its holiday stamps. I am the first to appreciate a desire for equality at the holidays and I welcome a promotion of all faiths and celebrations. “All” is the operative word …

WASHINGTON – In a random counterpoint to the grossness of our Black Friday urges, Pope Francis I is pleading with his bishops to come out of their mansions and side with the working poor.Francis’ appeal, part of an “exhortation” for spiritual renewal, contains the most passionate and detailed attack on the world’s “economic system,” meaning unrestrained capitalism, in Vati…

Raise public awareness to end domestic violenceDomestic violence affects people of any age, gender, race, socioeconomic class, education level and marital status. In 2012, there were more than 11,000 reported incidents of domestic violence in Erie County, with only one in seven cases being reported. Many calls to 911 are made by children calling on behalf of their mother. …

Board should reject Teach for AmericaOn Nov. 6, Katie Campos presented to the Buffalo Board of Education on using graduates from Teach for America to educate some of our most challenging children. TFA, a corporate-funded organization, recruits young and enthusiastic individuals to teach in poor urban schools, after being provided only brief training, sometimes limited to j…

It’s hard to blame prekindergarten teacher Sharon D. Perry Dunnigan for being concerned about the hygiene of some of her students. It’s an issue that requires attention. But it’s also a matter that demands care and sensitivity in handling, and Dunnigan could hardly have done a worse job of that.The veteran teacher at BUILD Academy, disturbed by an unknown number of childre…

By David ChiazzaMuch has been made of recent development projects across Buffalo Niagara that are creating jobs, driving economic growth and, in many cases, restoring properties to their former glory after years of neglect, along with a renewed emphasis on “smart growth.”That is what our firm has done throughout its history of developing projects that include the restorati…

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They’re getting nervous in Albany. Soon, the knives may come out.Leaders of the State Legislature and at least two law firms that employ lawmakers are suing to quash subpoenas seeking information on their outside income. They dress up their opposition in legal armor, but the truth is – at least in part – they just don’t want their constituents to know how they are making m…

It is a pleasure each year to recommend to nature lovers a number of fine natural history and science publications. These books are well worth considering for holiday gifts.By far my favorite read this year has been “Wild Ones” by Jon Mooallem. Motivated by his preschool daughter’s world bursting with animal images, at a time when possibly half of our animal species are th…

Teacher has students’ best interests at heartI congratulate pre-K teacher Sharon Perry Dunnigan. What better time than now to educate the need for hygiene? These children need this education for the future to have friends and be hired for a job. What nerve the Buffalo School Board has in taking disciplinary action against her when she is trying to do her job – teaching.Lin…

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Penicillin was mass-produced for the first time during World War II, when pharmaceutical companies were enlisted by the federal government to fight life-threatening infections, then a leading cause of death at home and on the battlefield.Buffalo native Lauren Belfer wrote about those times – when a knee scrape could become a life-threatening infection – in her critically a…

Humans have no exclusive claim on intelligence. Across the animal kingdom, all sorts of creatures have performed impressive intellectual feats. A bonobo named Kanzi uses an array of symbols to communicate with humans. Chaser the border collie knows the English words for more than 1,000 objects. Crows make sophisticated tools, elephants recognize themselves in the mirror an…

Criticism of president just doesn’t make senseWe now see the Dow at 16,000, Nasdaq at 4,000, a larger reduction of federal jobs than under President Ronald Reagan, 44 straight months of private-sector job growth, people with pre-existing conditions getting health care, two needless wars winding down and Osama bin Laden now a memory. Do you really believe that the computer …

Catholic Church lacks power to ordain womenTo further dialogue and a true understanding of a controversial topic, a few refinements must be made in reference to statements in the letter, “Time to stop excluding women from the priesthood.”Admittedly, rejection of women priests by simply stating, “it is not in the divine plan” is unhelpful; better articulation is needed. Whi…