The security circus — we’ve all seen it. It’s when you are standing in line at the airport and an 85-year-old woman is forced out of her wheel chair and sent humiliated and in pain through the metal detector. It’s when you mutter sarcastically under your breath, “Yeah, she sure looks like a …

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In 2015, while I was campaigning for the alderman position to represent the 5th Ward, I heard numerous residents express their concern about the future of the Davison Road infirmary property. The message I heard was that the development should be returned to the tax rolls and the project sho…

We all knew a few spacey kids in kindergarten who just couldn't get their acts together. Their desks were a mess, they never knew what they were supposed to be doing, and they'd lose their heads if they weren't attached.

ALBANY — In a week that was punctuated by Amazon’s stunning announcement that it was walking away from the state’s package of $3 billion in incentives to build a new headquarters and bring at least 25,000 jobs to Queens, one event left overshadowed was a hearing that included an update on Ne…

By the Republican response to the three most-famous Democratic freshmen in Congress — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — you'd think these women were Shakespeare's Three Witches rather than the three amigas seen chumming and…

Since the fire that destroyed the Barker village hall and library building on Jan. 20, I have heard many amazing stories from residents and non-residents about how much that building meant to them. For many it’s the historical aspect, for others it was the place that made this quaint village…

In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation proclaimed that by that year America's high school graduation rate would be 90 percent and American students would lead the world in math and science achievements. Sen. Daniel Patric…

As the years pass on, we all lose a few steps. I know I have. They say that "time is a great healer." Really? I'm not referring to my dwindling arithmetic skills — which my golfing associates claim is an intentional ploy to win a quarter — but more so of my ability to adjust to some of today…

It’s hard sometimes to know whether what sounds like promising economic news will actually manifest itself in the sort of things that are often used to measure economic success, such as new private-sector investment, expansion and job growth and retention.

If you grew up during the 1950s and 1960s, then you are familiar with how laissez-faire things used to be. We didn’t have many “low calorie” foods; we ate what we wanted and we were afforded much more leeway than we should have had. There’s a pretty good reason why kids today aren’t allowed …

I want to share my thoughts and the decision making process I apply for appointing people onto the city's committees and boards. I have said that I wanted to put people from every ward onto more committees and boards to allow for greater resident voice in the decision making process in Lockp…

There’s a commonly held perception — and I’m not even sure why — that newspaper readers fall into a series of categories, none of which bode well for the long-term health of the industry.

I had gone for a walk in the woods but soon was lost. “This is odd,” I thought to myself, “I know these woods like the back of my hand.”

Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that today barely exists but that could, if the judicial branch will resuscitate it, begin to rectify the imbalance between the legislative and executive branches. It is the "nonde…

As stories go, the face-off between Jeff Bezos and David Pecker (paging Charles Dickens) has all the elements of a 21st-century battle royale between good and evil, represented by the richest man in the world, who happens to own The Washington Post, and the pied piper of sleaze, respectively.

Consumers of mainstream media will be well aware that, according to the New York Times, President Trump allegedly discussed with aides the possibility and ramifications of a U.S. withdrawal from NATO. They will also be aware that Trump has harshly criticized some of our NATO allies, mainly f…

His tractor is so noisy that, when driving it, the man who calls himself "just a farmer from Butler County" puts his cellphone under his cap, set on vibrate. Charles Grassley, 85, who has served in the Senate longer than all but 11 of the 1,983 other senators — and who still runs 3 miles fou…

I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles earlier this week. Time had come to take the 10-mile trip to renew my driver's license. (I wasn't able to do it online because of a required eye test and updated photo demand.)

Women finally achieved the right to vote when the 19th Amendment became law in 1920. Here's a good way to celebrate its centennial: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment — or ERA — that completes the job of banning all forms of gender-based discrimination, not just in the voting booth.

Many longtime friends and city residents have approached me and asked if I am running again for mayor of the City of Lockport in the upcoming November 2019 election.

In 1983, just before winning a third term as Louisiana's governor, Edwin Edwards famously said the only way he could lose the race was "if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

When was the last time that cities in Iowa and Illinois faced temperatures as cold as last week? Never. When was the last time that people in Algeria faced last summer’s high temperature of 124 degrees? Never. When was the last time that Earth’s oceans recorded temperatures as high as they h…

Greetings, Town of Lockport residents. 2018 was a very busy and productive year for the town. I wanted to take this opportunity to review some of the many accomplishments that took place.

We are honored and excited to serve as chairs for the 2019 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities. We have been involved with Catholic Charities for years as parishioners at St. Mark’s Parish in Buffalo and as donors and Appeal volunteers. We have learned and experienced firsthand how the o…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has presented his budget for FY 2019-2020. As an active patron of the Niagara Falls Public Library, I have strong concerns that New York state libraries in your hometown are not funded to properly support the federal 2020 Census count, hurting Western New Yorkers.