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Trials and tributes

   The Thursday edition of The Buffalo News Opinion page holds forth thus:

- No pay for no work
   Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced last week that, despite questionable constitutionality, he would withhold the pay of senators until they resolved the power struggle that has paralyzed government in New York. It’s hardly unfair. According to DiNapoli, the standoff has cost local governments $741 million, New York City $902 million and the state $1.3 billion. If senators don’t care about that, maybe they’ll care about having their paychecks withheld.
   Latest news. Editorial commentary from Newsday [Gov. David Paterson rolled a metaphorical grenade into the State Senate yesterday, blowing up power-sharing negotiations between the deadlocked sides.] The New York Times [The Governor's Mr. Fix-It], The New York PostThe New York Daily News [a bold and masterful stroke], The Albany Times-Union [The Senate, which in fact has not been discharging its own constitutional duty for the past month, asked for this.]    

- Gibson leaves legacy of activism
   The East Side community activist who died last week at the age of 78 tended more than flowers and Rosa vegetables, she tended the civic life of Buffalo. Founder of a neighborhood Crime Watch program, leader of the Community Action Information Center and former president of the Concerned Citizens of Masten Park Community Block Club No. 1, [Rosa] Gibson was a tireless advocate of the real people who live in Buffalo, too often below the radar of public officials of all levels and stripes.
   News articleObituary.   

- Planning board foes condemn our region to decline
   by George Grasser
   News background. Our editorial. Donn Esmonde column. County executive's statement.   

- Using the written word in tribute to a teacher
   by Kevin J. McCue
   I traveled down to Allegany in October last year to visit an old friend. After lunch, I drove up the street to visit my alma mater: St. Bonaventure University. Nostalgia enveloped me as I crossed the bridge and spied the lovely venerable brick buildings off to my right.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News 

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