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By Connie Jozwiak-Shields I see her photo each day as I wait for the elevator to take me up to my office where I teach at D’Youville College School of Nursing. Her name is Eleanor Grace Alexander, a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, when she died at age 27 serving her country during the Vietnam War in 1967. She was a D’Youville College School of Nursing gradu…

By Adele R. Haas The easy recording of everything today still amazes me. My husband and I were a part of this recently at a family holiday gathering when my grandson, Jonathan, “interviewed” us as my daughter, Catherine, recorded it on a smartphone. Initially it felt awkward, but at least we both looked good; we were dressed in our Sunday best. (Someday will our gre…

By Kevin Gaughan SPECIAL TO THE NEWS In autumn 1964, one year after President John F. Kennedy’s death, a memorial edition of his book, “Profiles in Courage,” was published, with a foreword by his brother, Robert Kennedy. In it, Robert noted that on the day the president died, his maternal grandmother was alive, age 98. She’d been born a century before, in 1865,…

By Gavin MacFadyen SPECIAL TO THE NEWS As the country pauses to mark Memorial Day, it is important to remind ourselves what the annual observance means. To some, it has primarily become a day marking the entrance into summer – a long weekend of family and fun. It must never be forgotten that Memorial Day exists for the most solemn of reasons – a chance to reflect…

By Timothy R. Allan SPECIAL TO THE NEWS One day soon, go down to Canalside. Do this at sunset or on a fine early morning. Or, perhaps, it might be more fitting on a rainy day. Give up a little of your time. It’ll be peaceful and still. Sea birds will drift above the river. Occasionally, they’ll cry out. Who knows why they do? Take the short walk from the Buffa…

All right, class, here’s your assignment: Write a couple of believable paragraphs that include the words submarine, park, tendons, tree and maybe. Something like: John Pawlowski just can’t stay out of the news. First, it was for the apparently suspicious habit of eating his submarine sandwich each week on the same Town of Tonawanda street, raising the suspicions of …

By Jolie Milstein From the Forge to the HELP Buffalo II, families in Buffalo have always been on the front line of fighting for affordable housing. That fight has only taken on greater importance as the borough gets less and less affordable for low- and middle-income families who are struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully, the City of Buffalo – and all of New Yor…

By Andrew R. Graham As we pause for this Memorial Day, it is hard to realize that there are precious few remaining who actually participated in World War II. But we who were too young to wear a uniform back then had some experiences that remain unforgettable. Once such moment occurred for me while I was playing in the backyard of our farmhouse near Manlius outside of…

Sean Kirst is a Western New Yorker through and through. “My story is the Buffalo story,” Sean wrote to me a few months ago. “A father raised in an orphanage founded by Father Baker, an orphaned mother from an immigrant family whose brothers worked on the waterfront.” Now he has come home, to write a local news column for The Buffalo News. For newspapers, c…

By Tony Kutter Every Monday, The Buffalo News interviews a veteran of a foreign war. Several weeks ago, the reporter interviewed a 91-year-old veteran of World War II. It turns out my wife, Trudy, worked with him in the accounting department at Ashland Oil Co. in the 1950s. He was a guest at our wedding. We never thought about him anymore, assuming he had passed away…

ABOARD THE GOOD SHIP ANDREW – You’ve heard of a champagne cruise. Call this one a campaign cruise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited about 100 of his closest friends aboard a Buffalo Harbor tour boat Wednesday to see firsthand all of the marvels of Albany’s largess since 2011 – coincidentally the same year as the start of his administration. It was a beautiful day fo…

Different people may have different ideas about plans taking shape for the continued development of Canalside, but if the announcement of those plans in The Buffalo News was meant to counter suggestions that the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. isn’t meeting its obligations, then case closed. There’s a lot that is about to happen. The overall thrust is that the c…

It’s not uncommon for a president’s budget proposals to be declared dead on arrival by Congress. President Trump’s budget began decaying the moment it hit the Republican Congress on Tuesday. That’s the good news, so harsh is this budget proposal. Federal spending does need to be brought under greater control, just not on the backs of the poor, the weak and the s…