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Bad Senate. Better FAFSA?

   Today's Buffalo News Opinion page sez:

- Senate still failing
   The outbursts of anger against [Gov. David] Paterson by some frustrated senators, including Buffalo’s Gavel normally restrained Sen. Antoine Thompson, are less a proper assignment of blame than they are more evidence that the Senate is not capable of governing itself, much less the rest of us.
   Latest news. Editorial commentary from NewsdayNew York PostNew York Daily NewsAlbany Times-UnionRochester Democrat & Chronicle and The Times Herald-Record of Middletown.
   Of course, CaliforniaIllinois and Arizona are falling apart, too. And their legislatures are meeting.        

- Welcome simplification
   Good on President Obama's education secretary and IRS commissioner for announcing plans to greatly simplify the process college students and their families use to apply for loans, grants and scholarships.
   The much feared FAFSA — for Free Application for Federal Student Aid — is so long, complicated, redundant and intimidating that, for many, it might as well be called AHAYWEH — Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.

- Realtors stand for open space and lower taxes
   by Mike Johnson, president of the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors.

Bridge improvements can’t wait any longer 
   by Barbara Palazzo 

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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