By Frank J. Dinan SPECIAL TO THE NEWS For me, baseball and education, two things dear to my heart, have something surprising in common. As a devout Yankees fan, here are my thoughts on that subject. Baseball’s dead-ball era ended in 1909 when machine-made, cork-centered baseballs replaced the dead balls used since Abner Doubleday’s time. The new, livelier balls …

By Tom O’Malley There are 12 inches in every foot, and 5,280 feet in every mile. As I looked at the moon last night, I was sure we were separated by 240,000 miles and Neil Armstrong’s footprints are still sitting right where he left them. These are the facts, and facts are the bricks in the walls of reason. They are strong, sure and comforting. I have always relied …

By Marshall Rhinehart It was two years after the blizzard. The real one. Dan had an idea to get a tattoo. As he flipped through the Yellow Pages, I realized it was becoming more than an idea. He found a shop on Elmwood Avenue, in a place called Allentown. Too young to drive, we boarded a Metro Bus in front of Daemen College, a yellow and brown stripe on the side. (Th…

Tax break for Carrier is really nothing newAfter listening to the Sunday pundits, Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Democratic National Committee, I find it hard to understand how the Carrier deal is precedent-setting. States have been offering tax credits to keep companies and jobs for years, certainly New York has.The state of Indiana offered a very reasonable $7 million tax c…

Trump’s appointees bode ill for AmericaAfter President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet-level appointments are approved and his team finally gathers for dinner at the White House, the meeting will represent the most extraordinary collection of paranoia, bizarre thinking and outright malevolence since the night Richard Nixon dined alone.To date, the cast of characters will …

Flynn’s blatant disregard for the truth is alarmingEvery day brings fresh evidence that we may be going collectively mad. I read in the Dec. 6 News that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has circulated stories alleging that Hillary Clinton and those close to her have been deeply involved in money laundering and a pedophilia ring. Somehow, this is all supposed to be connecte…

It’s great to finally see a true patriot electedIsn’t it great that we elected a president for our country who is a true patriot and a person whose only purpose is to make this country great?Isn’t it great that we will have a president who no longer will apologize for all the good this country has done for the world?Isn’t it great that we will have a president who …

Fake news threatens our nation’s survivalThe recent News editorial about real versus fake news was spot on. Yes, our democracy is threatened by people who disseminate fake news, as well as those gullible enough to buy it! This last election cycle was rife with fake news, which people on both sides of the political spectrum bought wholesale.My message, like the editorial,…

How many eligible voters were wrongfully denied?So, votes in our 2016 general and presidential election have been cast and counted. Now Jill Stein and the Green Party are working on a recount of paper ballots, to check on the operation of the electoral system more than hopes of changing the results. I hope she succeeds. I believe more work needs to be done. There should be…

Trump presidency will be a disaster for this countryThroughout the campaign, Donald Trump referred to various people and policies as “a disaster for this country.” Since the election, I have been reminded of the schoolyard retort, “It takes one to know one.”Since becoming president-elect, Trump has:• Appointed Steve Bannon – a man largely responsible for elev…

Electoral College gives rural states unfair edgeA recent letter commends the Founding Fathers for creating the Electoral College. Otherwise, the writer says, “At best, the choice of president would always be decided by the largest, most populous states with little regard for the smaller ones.” Ridiculous. States don’t vote. Citizens vote. Isn’t this a representatio…

Does Simon truly think he is that important?Now we know. Jeff Simon, putting aside his natural modesty, has confessed that he was instrumental in getting Grant Tinker hired as president of NBC and thus transforming the television industry.I look forward, with keen anticipation, to future columns in which Simon explains his role in convincing the Iranians to suspend, if tem…

Boy’s generous heart is absolutely pricelessWhile most children are dreaming of their favorite toys at Christmas from Santa, one boy had a change of heart. Ian Earl, an 8-year-old boy from Royalton, thought differently. Instead he gave and donated more than two dozen toys to The News Neediest Fund for children less fortunate this time of year. Giving from this little boy…

It seems logic has been thrown out the windowFrankly, I don’t understand the comments being made as to who won the popular vote in the recent election.A morning radio show host even made the inane comment that Donald Trump won the popular vote if the 3 million to 4 million unregistered aliens who, as he claimed, voted for Hillary Clinton were disregarded.First of all, wh…

Getting tough on Cuba didn’t work in the pastI’m quite surprised at the “We need to get tough on Cuba” attitude from the right. Because getting tough didn’t seem to work that well when Fidel Castro was in power. Unless the goal was to keep him in power for nearly 50 years and have him die of old age. If it was, then it was a spectacular success.Larry SchultzSprin…