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Concord Historical Society is waiting to be discoveredThe article written recently in Gusto by News Critic Mary Kunz Goldman proved to be a big disappointment. Totally overlooked was the Concord Historical Society, which operates a campus on the corner of Main and Franklin streets in Springville.Included in this campus is the Pop Warner Museum, Carriage House, Concord Merc…

Speeding drivers cause angst on the expresswaysIt is very shocking to be on Interstate 290 (the Youngmann Memorial Highway) in your car and watch as vehicles race past you going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. As if that isn’t bad enough, after passing you other cars one by one weave in and out, between the other cars on either side of you and ahead of you as they take turns pass…

Trump has America on right track againA recent letter bashed all “deplorables” for voting in Donald Trump as president of the United States. The writer even quoted Shakespeare (how learned).Trump may have been inexperienced (which was an asset), is certainly not boorish (for sure) and is a womanizer. Probably. But not while a president.Did this person forget the worst woma…

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Sheldon Silver and his legal team still say the former Assembly Speaker is not a crook. For the second time in three years, a jury in a Manhattan federal court wisely concluded otherwise. To recap: Silver was tried on corruption charges and found guilty in November 2015. U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni sentenced him then to 12 years in prison. However, an appeals…

By Larry Zielinski At the University at Buffalo School of Management, one of the courses I teach is innovation in health care. An underlying theme I try to relay to students, based on the experiences of innovators from many different industries, is that the best innovations are those that take complex, costly products and services to broader markets by making them sim…

By Doug Routt  I have an affliction with a neat name called Viking disease. It is a northern European male disease so I won’t need Ancestry.com to figure out my lineage. It’s also thought that the early popes may have had this disease; hence, they bless with only three fingers. Its real medical name is dupuytren’s contracture. The problem is that cords start growing …

Turns out, a shrinking enrollment among the student body in Buffalo Public Schools does not equate to shrinking numbers of teachers and staff. It may be that this seemingly odd, inverse ratio is appropriate, but given the district’s strained finances, it is critical to examine that staffing. A recent News story reports that enrollment in the city school district is down…

Don’t attack judges for showing leniency In a recent editorial, provocatively titled “The thief that got away,” The News harshly criticized federal Judge Richard Arcara for sentencing the former head of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority to probation. In doing so, The News gave yet another example of an all too prevalent willingness in our society, exemplified at the …

Tops stores deserve community’s supportThe Tops bankruptcy situation should concern everyone in Western New York. Why? Because Tops, back under local ownership for the past five years, has served us very well in numerous communities throughout the region, often where other grocers would not go, employing our neighbors and our neighbors’ children, and contributing in countl…

Suit against Queens Landing is on behalf of thousands of usA spokesman was recently quoted in The News trying to defend the proposed 23-story Queens Landing Outer Harbor atrocity. He finds it frustrating that “three individuals are trying to dictate what happens on people’s private property, that they don’t own.”Those three individuals stand at the head of and represent th…

Don’t vote for politicians who bow to the NRADespicable Donald. What better way to refer to a person who would use tragedy for a photo opportunity and self-promotion?That’s exactly what our president did following the Parkland, Fla., shooting when he invited student representatives to discuss solutions to provide greater gun safety in our country while admonishing fellow R…

Factory-farmed meat imperils the environmentYou should care about the planet. What’s the easiest way to help protect the planet and even reverse some of the damage? Stop eating meat and dairy from factory farms. Stop going out to chain restaurants that use factory farmed meat.If everyone in America either became a vegan, vegetarian, only hunted for their meat, or bought on…

By Rick Johnson With little fanfare, we again bid a fond adieu to last month’s Earth and Arbor Days. Yes, some of us may have participated in shoreline cleanups, and undoubtedly trees were planted in commemoration, but the health and well-being of our fragile environment doesn’t seem to be the quite the priority it had once been. Our collective attentions are inevitably…

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WASHINGTON – Like spasms, more destructive tweets erupted at the White House this week. One of the worst will be soon forgotten, if it has not been already. That is the one in which President Trump threatened to yank the White House credentials of reporters whose organizations reported unfavorably about the Trump administration. Trump said in the tweet that unfavorable …