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It seems to us: Rock icons visit Buffalo’s cultural icons, Canada beckons and Thomas joins in

Buffalo is a town of cultural jewels treasure-hunted by megastars and ministars as well as regular folks. Bruce Springsteen stopped by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery following his Feb. 25 sold-out concert at First Niagara Center. Director Janne Sirén was happy to escort The Boss, who wanted to see the whole museum.

He wasn’t the only noteworthy visitor that day. The much lesser-known Russell Tovey, an English actor, visited the museum earlier in the evening, where he got a look at a painting by Torey Thornton.

Last year, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, in town for their sold-out concert at Ralph Wilson Stadium, requested a tour of the landmark Darwin Martin House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Ronnie Wood chose to visit the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls, revealing a bit of an intra-band cultural divide.

When a bowled-over Martin House Executive Director Mary Roberts asked Mick (can we call him Mick?) how he heard about the Martin House, he simply answered, “Well, I did some research on Buffalo.”

We’re glad he did.

It seems to happen every four years, in the runup to a presidential election. Voters appalled at the other party’s nominee vow that if that person is elected, “I’m moving to Canada.”

Liberals horrified at the prospect of George W. Bush as president and conservatives equally aghast at the thought of a President Obama threatened to make the move, although immigration stats seem to show that not many followed through.

This year’s likelihood of Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump should have voters on both sides of the spectrum vowing to pack their bags.

And Cape Breton Island has opened its arms to them. Canadian radio host Rob Calabrese, who lives on the Nova Scotia island, originally called his campaign “Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins.” Response was so good that now he’s welcoming all Americans.

Visitors will find the lightly populated island scenic, multicultural and friendly. Enjoy the trip.

After going 10 years and a week without asking anything of the lawyers arguing cases before him, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has finally spoken. Thomas’ recent questioning of a government lawyer marked the end of the decade-long, self-imposed silence during oral arguments before the court.

As reported in the New York Times, his record of silence is likely to stand for a long time. It’s been almost half a century since any other member of the court allowed even a single term to go by without asking a question.

Thomas had a close relationship with recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, who famously had many questions for the lawyers who stood before him. Perhaps Thomas has decided to take up the mantle.