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Editorial: Improving lives for half a century

In his State of the Union address Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson noted a national poverty rate of 19 percent and declared a War on Poverty. Nationally, that declaration led to the Economic Opportunity Act and other legislation aimed at boosting people out of poverty. Locally, it led to the creation of what 50 years later is going strong as Community Action of Orleans and Genesee.

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Saturday 05/02/2015
Editorial: Corrupt officials should lose pensions
Posted: May 02, 2015

The state Legislature should move ahead with a constitutional amendment that would deny public pensions to officials convicted of crimes which betray the public trust. Support should be bipartisan and timely.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Editorial: A remarkable book
Posted: April 30, 2015

When Larry Barnes was interviewed two years ago for a Daily News “Q & A” feature, he said one of the things that surprised him in his job as Batavia city historian was the absence of systematic publications about city history.  

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Monday 04/27/2015
Editorial: Pause, but not too long
Posted: April 27, 2015

The general idea of offering incentives to turn abandoned houses into lived-in homes has a great deal of merit. Nevertheless, City Council was right to wait for the details before voting on such a proposal — so long as Council does get back to the issue soon.

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Saturday 04/25/2015
Editorial: Shelter permit plan worthy of support
Posted: April 25, 2015

The proposed law that would regulate animal shelters in Wyoming County is an excellent idea worthy of support.

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Friday 04/24/2015
Editorial: House of thieves
Posted: April 24, 2015

Imagine the day when New Yorkers will be surprised — shocked, even — to hear that a member of the state Legislature has been linked to yet another scandal.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Editorial: When less is more
Posted: April 23, 2015

As New York State changes the way it thinks about and funds services for people with disabilities, agencies such as The Arc have to find ways to provide services with less money. Genesee County ARC and The Arc of Orleans County have found a way to do that together: The two agencies will share a director.

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
Editorial: Presidential hopefuls
Posted: April 21, 2015

Our brief respite from the presidential election horse race has ended.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Editorial: A round of applause
Posted: April 20, 2015

Despite the news flashes about extraordinarily bad and extraordinarily successful people, there is a vast majority of ordinary people who quietly go about doing the right thing every day. It is good, then, to see some of these good people get recognition: Congratulations go to Ray and Patty Chaya, the couple selected for the city of Batavia’s Homeowner of the Year Award.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Editorial: Vexing testing questions
Posted: April 18, 2015

Amidst the controversy and confusion of state English language arts and math tests being given this year, one thing is clear: The validity of test results is open to question and shouldn’t be used in teacher evaluation or funding decisions.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Editorial: Volunteer Week
Posted: April 16, 2015

This is National Volunteer Week, an appropriate time to salute those who give so generously of their time and talent with no expectation of reward. But where do we begin?

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Monday 04/13/2015
Editorial: A safe place for healing
Posted: April 13, 2015

The switchover of domestic violence services from the county to a private organization appears to be going well in Wyoming County. The retirement of the county staff person who had handled such cases led to the county contracting with RESTORE, which was already providing sexual assault services in the county.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Editorial: P.W. Minor brings work home
Posted: April 11, 2015

The new owners of P.W. Minor are bringing it all back home with a little help from Albany. And what they are bringing is not only the manufacture of shoes the company had previously outsourced to China, but also about 100 jobs for Batavia, N.Y.

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Friday 04/10/2015
Editorial: More studies needed
Posted: April 10, 2015

Advocates for veterans are urging state officials to approve the use of medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Editorial: Walkability audit
Posted: April 09, 2015

City residents are getting another opportunity to help build Batavia’s future by participating in a “walkability audit,” a walking tour of the city to look at how best to encourage pedestrian traffic.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
Editorial: College students must understand perils of hazing, pranks
Posted: April 07, 2015

Most parents realize their children will likely consume alcohol from time to time, to say the least, once they go away to college.

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