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All joking about “Scary Lucy” aside, the generosity of sculptor David Poulin deserves notice. He is hanging up his bronze sculpting tools and in the process giving back to the community. Poulin created what turned into a national and international sensation, but not in a good way. Poulin got ripped on social media over the statue of Lucille Ball he created for the c…

WASHINGTON – There is a temptation to blame the many apparent flubs of the Donald Trump administration on the president’s supposed impetuousness, on the boyishness and inexperience of this 70-year-old mogul. As in the bawling out that Gen. George Patton got from a senior officer in the movie “Patton,” who said: “Remember, your worst enemy is your own big mouth…

By Jill Morgan It’s a scene that is less than two minutes long and one that’s not entirely clear to the audience until the movie’s conclusion. It’s the opening of the film – Richard Dreyfuss is parked at the side of a road with a newspaper propped on the passenger seat. The headline reads of an attorney who was fatally stabbed – and it’s news that has lite…

Many times, people with disabilities have a limited natural support network and rely heavily on the relationships they build with our direct support professional (DSP) staff. A frustration that is often stated by the individuals we serve is the high turnover rate of DSPs due to the continual need to be promoted within the agency to make a living wage, or to move to another…

Reed deserves credit for holding town hallsI witnessed “mobocracy” at the town hall meting in Chautauqua County with Rep. Tom Reed. For a rural Southern Tier community, George Soros, Black Lives Matter, MoveOn.org and radicals from UC Berkeley couldn’t have scripted it any better. The constant catcalls and barking at Reed wouldn’t stop. I felt like I was in the bar…

Parallels between today, the 1920s are disturbingTwo recent articles in The News by Anthony Graziano and Keith Burich confirmed what I have been thinking for some time: the parallels between the 1920s and our current time period are striking.Start with the presidents, Warren Harding and Donald Trump. Each was totally unqualified and unfit for the job. The only difference w…

Zellner should forfeit post, work on unseating CollinsLeonard Lenihan, who is retiring as Democratic elections commissioner, said: “It’s a full-time job and it requires someone who is full time.” Yet his successor, Jeremy Zellner, plans to split his time by staying on as the party chairman.His rationale is that having both jobs is done elsewhere. Elsewhere is not whe…

DeVos is exactly what education system needsI am writing in rebuttal to the letter, “DeVos is unqualified to be education chief,” from a retired middle school teacher and current teacher at the University at Buffalo.Betsy DeVos is qualified as well as prepared to become an outstanding secretary of education, something that has been sorely missed for the past eight year…

Private colleges are not subsidized by taxpayersI have been a reader and supporter of The News for a very long time. I strongly believe in a free and uncensored press; it is our constitutional right and a safeguard against tyranny and corruption.I was very surprised and disappointed with the editorial titled “Attention-getter” in the Feb. 20 edition of the paper. It st…

Collins’ wife is off-limits, but first lady is fair gameJeff Simon is correct. The families of public officials not involved in policy should be off-limits to the media and comedians. Regardless of the benefits that accrue to her through Rep. Chris Collins’ self-dealing, his wife is not a public official.On the other hand, it would be naive to assume that Melania Trump…

Trump is mentally unfit to occupy the Oval OfficeDonald Trump is our president and this is what I’ve observed: his incessant claims of unsubstantiated, massive voter fraud; insults of foreign leaders; chaotic management style; constant misrepresentations; childish and abusive tweets; and his total meltdown in the press conference announcing his new labor secretary nomine…

America has no choice; it must engage RussiaThe New York Times and other leading American media have evidently decided that President Trump is so dangerous that he must be opposed on just about everything. Actually, I share that general position, but it can also be carried too far.In particular, it appears as though Trump has correctly decided that we must engage with Russ…

People from both parties need to be more tolerantWe are seeing a lot of calls for love and tolerance since the election and inauguration of President Trump. There are even lawn signs and bumper stickers proclaiming “Love Trumps Hate.” But I don’t see much actual love and tolerance anywhere. Liberal universities are banning conservative speakers from appearing at camp…

President Trump made a smart decision in appointing Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. Not only is it a good choice, but a significantly better one than the ideological and deceptive Michael T. Flynn, who served less than a month before being chased out for lying. The difference is nearly like night and day. While both were military men, M…

In a sign of the fierce competition for manufacturing jobs, Tennessee is trying to lure an Akron company. That company says it needs tax breaks in order to stay. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is weighing the request. Aakron Rule Corp. is a 50-year-old company. The company wants to add more than 25,000 square feet of space to its 12,000-square-foot wareho…