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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…

It’s been a long time since Western New York wielded so much clout in Washington. While none of the three men who represent this area in Congress has the juice once held by former Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, two members sit on one of the chamber’s most influential committees and the other has the ear of President Trump. That can only help this region. Reps. Brian Higgi…

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…

The same inescapable logic that drove restrictions on smoking in public is now making its case against public vaping – the use of e-cigarettes. These devices are poorly regulated, and their clouds of vapors contain ingredients known to be unhealthy – nicotine among them, but, in some, formaldehyde, a likely carcinogen, among others. So, if cigarette smoking is banne…

By Melanie Blow I know where a dangerous sex offender lives. He’s not registered under Megan’s Law and can pass a background check. I believe he is still abusing kids. I know where he meets them and where he abuses them. There is nothing I can do to stop him. I know this man is dangerous because when I was a child he sexually abused me. I didn’t tell anyone, be…

This is the day whose meaning is too often forgotten or misunderstood, but which is among the weightiest on the nation’s patriotic calendar. Memorial Day is also, sadly, the holiday whose relevance accumulates additional significance every year. Today, Americans take a moment to salute those who laid down their lives for their country – a country that remains unique…

By Chad Storlie Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. Memorial Day is a day of appreciation for sacrifice. Memorial Day is a day of profound thanks. To truly feel and appreciate the sacrifice of Memorial Day, we need to make the remembrance personal. Too often, Memorial Day can be a day of distant appreciation and remembrance because we do not make the feelings of lo…

WASHINGTON – This holiday is now by custom preserved for family gatherings. And sport; and for those lucky enough to live near glorious Lakes Erie and Ontario, all kinds of water sports. But for a shrinking number of Americans, it is still a day for mourning this nation’s hundreds of thousands of war dead. Memorial Day could be a day for us to persistently demand an…

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 …