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It seems to us: Teenage leadership, the not-so-popular Castro brothers and Jackie Jocko’s loss

It was obvious that some kind of traffic study was needed on Krueger Road in Wheatfield, where a teenage pedestrian was struck and killed in November 2014. And the good news is that it got done – by a 13-year-old boy.

With the help of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, Joshua Walter was able to have a speed monitor installed in that area, where he can see a memorial to Ryan Fischer, 16, who was struck from behind and killed by a vehicle and where Joshua sometimes rides his bicycle. The sign, which tells motorists how fast they are going, prompted speeding drivers to slow down. Using a radar gun his father owns, Joshua determined that without the sign, speeding was a problem.

Joshua reported his results to the Town Board and recommended that it buy a radar sign. As it happened, such a purchase was already in the works, but it doesn’t hurt to have evidence presented by a thoughtful researcher.

You have to hand it to Fidel Castro. Even in his dotage, he continues to send verbal spitballs our way. The most recent barrage began shortly after President Obama’s visit to Cuba last month, as part of his effort to move the two countries toward a more normal relationship. Castro, who has handed the reins of power to his brother, Raúl, was having none of it.

In a rambling column published in Granma, the country’s Communist Party newspaper, Castro wrote, among other things that, “We don’t need the empire to give us anything.”

His countrymen may not speak up to tell him so, but they may feel somewhat differently, if a 2015 survey by several American media outlets is accurate. In it, about 80 percent of Cuban respondents had a very or somewhat positive view of Obama, while only 47 percent held similar views about Raúl and just 44 percent about Fidel.

Perhaps Obama fired up a Cohiba.

Still on the job, despite the loss of his drummer and longtime friend, pianist Jackie Jocko is the personification of consistency and professionalism. The longtime, much-loved performer at E.B. Green’s, in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, was in his usual spot on Thursday night, making friends, singing standards and putting aside – for a little while, anyway – the loss of a partner of 70 years.

If anything can be simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is it.