By Judith Geer My husband and I love going to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the picturesque little town in Ontario, just across the Niagara River from Youngstown. As soon as we get there and park the car, Charlie will say, “Let’s go look at the lake.” It usually looks the same every time, depending on the season of the year, of course, but somehow viewing the juncture w…

Young snow shoveler was an angel of mercyI’m an 84-year-old senior. I mention my age so you can appreciate this angel of mercy. After a recent snowfall, all of the accumulated snow fell off my large awning in front of my door. The snowplow deposited its usual load on the driveway. I decided against my better judgment to make a path so I could take my garbage pails to the…

State shouldn’t charge vets for specialty license platesI recently received a newsletter from MOPH (Military Order of the Purple Heart). It stated that the state of Connecticut issues specialty license plates to disabled veterans and Gold Star families without charging an additional fee.State Rep. Sean Scanlon has introduced legislation that proposes to do the same for P…

Trump owes an apology to every prisoner of warDuring the campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump said of Sen. John McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”If you listened to his speeches or read his tweets, you already know that he is not a communicator. He rants and he is all about the illusion…

Roswell Park employees need affordable parkingWhile Roswell Park Cancer Institute offers thoughtful parking options for its patients, the recent restriction of nonresidential parking in the Fruit Belt is an unaddressed and recurring issue that concerns all employees within the medical district. Many Roswell Park employees, including those with unpaid internships, rely on t…

The more things change, more they stay the sameAs we approach the inauguration of our new president and the reported efforts of the left and assorted anarchists to disrupt the party, I am reminded of events I experienced at Richard Nixon’s inauguration 48 years ago. I was a Border Patrol agent in Buffalo in 1968 and was sent to Washington during inauguration week as a U.…

Inept state legislators don’t deserve pay raiseI have been reading about the New York State Legislature asking for a pay raise. What organization, except government, looks to increase the pay of employees who are totally inept? As a taxpayer, I say no pay increase and here’s why:• You knew what the pay was when you ran for office.• This is a part-time job, not …

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s legacy is still emerging, as is the man himself. On Friday, the Obamas will move into a large house in a quiet neighborhood only a few miles from the White House. Because he will be very involved in this town’s affairs, there’s no need to issue a final grade on his eight years. First, he and Michelle Robinson Obama and their two ha…

By Robyn E. Jobity They say admission is the first step toward recovery. So here is my confession: I am a social media junkie. There, I’ve said it. The hard part is over. To get clean, I’m conducting a radical experiment. I’m quitting social media. Not creating a less-revealing profile, or amping up my privacy settings, no. Complete account deactivation. Cold…

Well, why not? After all, police exist to protect and serve, right? So why shouldn’t a caller, unable to sleep because of excess noise, have telephoned Niagara Falls police for help overnight Tuesday? Even if the noise was from the wind. As the dispatcher relayed to cops on patrol: “All cars be advised, someone called to see if the police could stop the wind from bl…

By Patrick Cunningham and Donald Alessi For over three decades, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park sat as downtown’s lone waterfront attraction. Now Buffalo’s waterfront is the place to be, year-round. Buffalo boasts the world’s largest inland naval park. In addition to our three major ships, there are 13 memorials, tanks, planes and helico…

During his campaign for Erie County district attorney, John J. Flynn Jr. was alone among his competitors in unequivocally pledging to investigate a suspicious death in the Erie County jail. He says through a press officer that he is now “reviewing the case.” That’s good, as long as it means actually conducting the investigation that state corrections officials have c…