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There is a food pantry at Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport that is open once per month. On any given distribution day 20 to 35 families (encompassing 80 to 130 people) use the service. That’s a substantial number, given how small Gasport is. The Census Bureau says the population within the ha…

MOVING TRIBUTE: Kudos to those behind the effort to have the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall spend the past several days on the grounds of the American Veterans Memorial at Niagara at Hyde Park in the Falls. The solemn structure is a 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC…

Mindful that President Trump has made it clear he wants his administration to overthrow the Roe v. Wade decision, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to sue if the U.S. Supreme Court acts to roll over that legislation.

It's summer in Western New York, and I love it! It's been, quite literally "hotter than July" in our region, as temperatures have soared well above the 80-90 degree mark for the first weeks of summer. For the first time in 30 years, my husband and I got air conditioning for our home. Despite…

Washington • The president, who might not be fully acquainted with the pertinent Supreme Court case law, says the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel was unconstitutional. The president’s opinion, because it is his, is prima facie evidence for the opposite conclusion. It is, how…

When my family and I still lived in Bolivia and after our eldest daughter Elizabeth had moved to Lockport, I had a joke that I would repeat to the point of annoyance: What are the two scariest words in the English language? Buffalo and grandchild!

Earlier this year, I attended a charity concert in Medina organized by my good friend Bilal Huzair and his lovely family. It was an interesting and eclectic evening to say the least: The celebration began with country-western music which was followed by Pakistani music and then closed with a…

It's hard to imagine amidst all the tough talk about tariffs that the Trump administration will ultimately agree to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

On New York’s Public Service website there are 67 public comments that have been lodged during the formal comment period of April 19 to May 10 that specifically address Apex Clean Energy LLC's Stipulations, a document the company must file according to the Article 10 process.

I am writing to refute some recent statements by the Town of Somerset supervisor, Dan Engert, in a recent interview. Dan said that the Town of Somerset is "fully supportive of spending whatever money is necessary to defend their interests and defend the health and property values" of our tow…

I find it ironic that Donald Trump responded to the horrific shooting at a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, by saying that the death of journalists "shocked the conscious of our nation," and that journalists should be "free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job."

DISCLOSURE: The following was written with the writer's tongue placed firmly in cheek. (It's amazing that I have to apprise you of that. But sadly, our less-than-civil society has hogtied our common sense and ability to laugh at ourselves.

If Chicken Little and Cassandra had a baby, they'd name him Jeffrey Toobin.

Editor’s note: In recognition of the Fourth of July, the Union-Sun & Journal presents the start and conclusion of the Declaration of Independence.

While I was driving to the Union-Sun & Journal office Tuesday morning, a number of callers to Tom Darro’s radio talk show “Viewpoint” were lamenting the decline of American values where millennials are concerned. 

Dear Sgt. Hosbrook, though you are my ancestor, I thought it only fitting and proper to address you by your rank and title in that great war for independence that we are celebrating some 242 years later. As an officer in the First New Jersey Regiment of General Washington’s Continental Line,…

Eight years ago, when Congress was about to pass Obamacare, John A. Boehner, leader of a powerless Republican congressional minority, gave a passionate, prescient speech on the House floor.

Be it through the Boy Scouts or numerous school tours at the factory, conversations that I regularly have with high schoolers center on the job market. They can’t help but wonder what might be the best path of study and, in turn, what sort of career should they prepare for to ensure a comfor…

CHEER: Kudos to the regional state parks commission for its new $2.7 million bathouse complex at the swimming pool at Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown. The facility was recently opened by State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey with area officials and tourism industry representatives on ha…

One of President Trump's most persistent and pernicious lies is that immigrants cause an increase in crime. That's not true. So his whole approach to immigration is rooted in a falsehood, and that makes rational decision-making virtually impossible.

It was far too easy to assume the worst — that the inevitable, finally, had come to pass.

When it comes to various levels of government and governmental agencies complying with the law where the availability of public information is concerned, newspaper staff members and residents in New York have certainly encountered their share of disappointments throughout the years. 

FRANKFORT, Ky. — There is nothing I know to say about what occurred Thursday in Annapolis, Md., and even if there were, it wouldn’t change anything.

Thirty-five years ago, as the editor of a suburban Boston newspaper, I faced a hostile crowd in a church meeting room over a story my newspaper had written about the public suicide of a young man. Efforts to persuade him to give up his gun blocked main street traffic for several hours and ca…

WASHINGTON — Timothy Carpenter's interest in smartphones has had two unintended consequences. It has drawn the Supreme Court deeper into ongoing debates about applying the Constitution's Fourth Amendment to uses of digital technologies that have swiftly — the first iPhone was sold in 2007; t…

It was one week ago, today, that over 100 people with all kinds of disabilities — as well as a handful of folks without disabilities — celebrated the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision with a family picnic at Hyde Park in Niagara Falls. The 22nd of June was chosen for this picnic, as it was the…

My sister-in-law, Mary, will be happy to know I just went through a colonoscopy this morning. She took delight, ten years ago, when I described my last one in a column. Hopefully, it's not because of my misery but because she and her husband, Ed, are in the medical field and are concerned ab…

Forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state could require nonmembers of a public employee union to pay an “agency fee,” otherwise known as costs of collective bargaining, for their representation by the union.

There is a new arrival in town. I am referring to the recent appointment by Apex of Mr. Paul Williamson as development manager for Lighthouse Wind. The story, however, remains the same. Apex, ignoring the overwhelming local opposition to Lighthouse Wind, has doubled down and recommitted to c…

WASHINGTON — If I were a cartoonist ... , I would often say to my friend Doug Marlette, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who died 11 years ago. He'd listen patiently as I described my vision for his work, whereupon, he'd occasionally sometimes say, "Not bad."

Remember when Niagara County joined a large lawsuit involving multiple counties and the state, all seeking funds in exchange for the costly medical hardships brought on by products sold by the tobacco industry?