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UB UnBound. Ol' (white) boy judiciary.

   The lead editorial of today's Buffalo News Opinion section calls on the New York Legislature to free the University at Buffalo from the burdensome state budget regulations that threaten its promise as the Simpson primary economic engine of Western New York.
Albany should help UB
   UB President John Simpson [right] is leading efforts to increase other campus revenue possibilities and save the UB 2020 plan, and the Legislature can and should pass similar Assembly and Senate bills—A2020 and S2020—to curtail over-regulation and add local flexibility.
   The president of SUNY Stony Brook wants in on the deal.
   The university calls the many alumni and community leaders who work in support of their vision UB Believers. Good cause. Catchy name, too, I guess. But I wonder about the seriousness of a university that names any arm of itself after a Monkees song.

   We also find fault with the current method used to fill seats on New York State's appellate level courts.
Look harder for justices
   Gov. David A. Paterson’s justified complaint that no women even were recommended to him as he seeks to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals. In light of President Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination Tuesday, the state deficiency is even more glaring.

   In Another Voice, writers representing the Working Families Party and Citizen Action of New York stand up for Buffalo-area state Sens. Antoine Thompson and William Stachowski for supporting the new state budget.
- Area residents should thank Stachowski, Thompson
   First and foremost, they deserve thanks for passing the Fair Share Tax Reform... By raising the income tax rate on the wealthiest New Yorkers (families earning more than $300,000 per year), more than $4 billion will be raised. ... Progressive income taxes are much fairer than sales taxes and fees, which impact lower income families to a greater degree. Without this tax revenue, Western New Yorkers would be burdened with higher property taxes in order to support necessary health and education services.

   And, in the My View position, Clarence empty-nester Susan Wallden is pleasantly surprised by the substantial resume she has built up by running her family's home for the past 23 years.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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