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A loss. Preventing more loss.

   Buffalo News editorials today: Mourning one who lived long. Hoping that more don't die young.

- Senate loses an icon - Buffalo News Editorial
   He was as unlikely a senator as there ever was. Robert C. Byrd was born into a hardscrabble life and not only became a powerful U.S. senator, but also the nation's longest-serving one, at 51 years, and its Byrd longest-serving member of Congress, counting the six previous years he served in the House of Representatives. ...
   Byrd, who
died early Monday at age 92, survived an early and potentially disastrous association with the Ku Klux Klan, in part by repeatedly apologizing for it. He opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, mounting what turned out to be a vain 14-hour filibuster, but became a friend to civil rights legislation as his power in the Senate increased. ..
   Things change. So do people. Given time and a good heart, they can rise above their worst moments. Robert Byrd did that.
   Related:
- Sen. Robert Byrd's vanished ethic - David Broder/The Washington Post
- Byrd triumphed over KKK ties - Staunton [Va.] News Leader Editorial
- Byrd Evolved, Unlike Many of His Critics - Alan Colmes/AOL News
- Andrew Sullivan Is Not Going to Pretend That There Was Anything Good About Robert Byrd - New York Magazine
   Coda below...

- Regulate cigarette promotion - Buffalo News Editorial
   Placement of tobacco ads may not seem that consequential to most, but the proximity of those advertisements to easily influenced children makes all the difference in the world. That’s why measures to clamp down on the practice should be supported.

   The Buffalo Common Council is considering new rules for vendors marketing tobacco products, and the issue drew debate at hearings Tuesday.
   The issue hits home for Masten Council Member
Demone A. Smith, whose inner-city area is often the target of such advertising with cigarettes prominently placed in convenience stores, sometimes just across the street from schools. ...
   K. Michael Cummings, chairman of the department of health behavior at
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, paints a grim picture of the physiological consequences of smokers who start at a young age and are too addicted to stop—although, as the young will often boast, they feel they can quit anytime.
   Those
lobbying for a change, including the American Cancer Society, want to eventually be put out of business. In order to achieve that goal, smoking rates have to decline and children and young people, seen as “replacement customers” by the tobacco business, must be educated, if not shielded, from a legally addictive product that could have harmful effects later in life.
   Increased tobacco regulation at the local level, especially as it pertains to affected inner-city neighborhoods, is worth considering.
   Meanwhile, another reason why we need to drive these coffin nails out of our lives:
- Author Christopher Hitchens diagnosed with cancer - The Guardian 

   We'll ask Robert Byrd to play himself off: 

Though he might prefer to be remembered for this:


-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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