A word can be worth a thousand pictures. In the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” the mild word “snip” describes what the camera, demonstrating the eloquence of reticence, does not show in gory detail: Kermit Gosnell’s use of scissors to cut the spinal cords of h…

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This winter has had its moments and we aren’t even to the halfway point of December. It looks like it will be a long and eventful winter – there are three-and-a-half maybe even four months of snowstorms and biting arctic temperatures ahead of us. This looks like it will be the kind of winter…

WASHINGTON — Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart deal with government prosecutors — thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways — are the tip of the iceberg in a scandal of money, power, se…

WASHINGTON — At the beginning of his long and well-lived life, George Herbert Walker Bush, who in politics was always prosaic, acquired, by way of a grandfather, the name of a British poet and priest (George Herbert, 1593-1633). He acquired much else from family inheritance.

WASHINGTON -- A recent Bloomberg News headline came as no surprise: “Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost.”

Years removed from the general disappointment of the much-hyped outdoor holiday market, Niagara Falls appears to finally be finding its way in terms of offering the sort of family friendly holiday experiences residents and visitors alike should be able to expect in a community visited by mil…

In sentencing Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni said she hoped the prison sentence of 28 months behind bars would be “heard around the state.”

Apex, which is proposing 39 towering industrial wind turbines in the town of Somerset and an additional eight in the town of Yates for its Lighthouse Wind project, has a well-documented history of attempting to place industrial wind projects in environmentally sensitive areas. Citizen oversi…

The Salvation Army reported late last week that donations are down statewide through the first full week of this year’s Red Kettle drive.

WASHINGTON — Unanimity is elusive in today's America but the Supreme Court achieved it last week. Although the dusky gopher frog is endangered, so are property rights and accountable governance. Both would have been further jeopardized if the frog's partisans in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Se…

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen's guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about Donald Trump's interests in building a Moscow tower comes as little surprise -- everyone attached to this administration seems to lie with ease. And yet it's explosive news in the carnival-kingdom of liars, croo…

Lost in the hail of barbs and recriminations that the talking heads unleash on poor President Trump on a daily basis is the fact that he recently made a brilliant political move of Machiavellian shrewdness. He endorsed Nancy Pelosi's campaign to be re-elected as the speaker of the House of R…

I was looking at Facebook tonight and someone had placed the salaries of the president, House and U.S. Senate members online. I couldn’t help but think, the fat cats in this nation would look at these salaries as chump change, as does the lost leader Donald!

The recent endorsement of proposed Apex Project Lighthouse wWind by the Sierra Club, Atlantic Chapter, is ill timed, ill conceived, self-serving, highly biased and smacks of elitism. The Sierra Club has clearly joined the Apex propaganda blitz in the hope forcing the Somerset-Yates community…

This week’s announcement of a large-scale restructuring plan that will likely cost thousands of General Motors workers their jobs conjures up the discussion surrounding another controversial plan that resulted in U.S. taxpayers bailing out GM to the tune of billions of dollars back in 2009.

DENVER — Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and healthiest state, the former quality perhaps producing the latter. Or the other way around. Or maybe the tangle of causation cannot be unwoven. Be that as it may, 300 days of…

Have you noticed that in the period bookended by Thanksgiving and Christmas, Americans and their families tend to be united in the spirit of thankfulness and thoughtfulness? While they may do it elsewhere in the calendar year, almost all the major religions have a time to give thanks, atone …

We're nearing the end of a long, harrowing year in which Latinos have faced daily demonization as a threat to the American people. We've watched horrifying images of women and children from Mexico, Central and South America caged like animals at the border, and we have endured public humilia…

WASHINGTON — As newly elected congresswomen are poised to color this city blue, one wonders what effect they'll realistically have on the gridlock known as the House of Representatives.

They start early in the morning. A noise awakens me from a sound sleep and I’m still in a fog. I don’t remember setting my alarm clock for this early in the morning and I slap the top of it several times. The ringing doesn’t stop, though. At that point I realize it isn’t my alarm clock, it's…

Acupuncture has been a part of Chinese medicine for literally thousands of years and it has not survived those millennia because it is a clever hoax. It has survived this long because it helps people in ways that are quite real. I am one of them. As a Texas judge once wrote, “Acupuncture is …

We recently celebrated Thanksgiving. How many of us including myself are aware of the origin of Thanksgiving? I read an article recently in the Washington Post, authored by Isaac Stanley-Becker, who noted that, “in a nation divided, (President) Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving.”

When working in the private sector, pay raises are contingent on one of or a combination of three things: The merit and successes of the individual, the current and projected health of the organization and the health of the overall economy.

Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana's Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict — first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then heroin — when his father died. He blew the $73,000 insuran…

Niagara County Legislator Randy Bradt said last week that if anyone wanted to challenge his assertion that former Niagara County Legislator Kathryn Lance lived in her district after she sold her house in Wheatfield in June, he’d “love” to hear from them.

"This is a very, very important case," prominent Republican lawyer Ted Olson told CNN. "This could happen to any journalist, by any politician. The White House cannot get away with this."

A few months ago, I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to lead Eastern Niagara Hospital forward as our community's hospital affiliates with Kaleida Health.

The Thanksgiving feast of 2018 has been cleared away, the turkey sliced and sealed for sandwiches and leftovers. The sweet potato and green bean casseroles have been savored, wrapped and sealed. If any mashed potatoes, dressing or gravy remain, they have been stored to enjoy again at another…

A stranger appeared just as we were sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. And he sat in the chair that we always leave empty to symbolize those who, due to death or distance, could not be with us this year. The stranger then began to talk — and even sometimes sing.

The sickening photo of dozens of Wisconsin high school boys apparently giving a Nazi salute sparked so much media outrage last week that even Gov. Scott Walker shook his head and said, "They're just a bunch of idiots."

The era of firebrand White House journalists such as Helen Thomas, Dan Rather and Sam Donaldson is over, the victim of a president who built his fame on pomposity.