- Bill Bradberry
- BRADBERRY: Immigration issue belongs to everyone I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up my digital edition of the Washington Post yesterday and found something that I think captures part of the dilemma America faces right this minute; it's a simple question: Who are we, or to put it another way, what do we really stand for?
- BRADBERRY: Tourists attracted here by history, beauty, politics As my friend and colleague, writer Don Glynn has so artfully portrayed over the decades, "For many years after the dawn of aviation, U.S. presidents visiting Western New York started at the Niagara Falls Airport. The reason: The main runway here was longer than that of the Buffalo airport and could easily accommodate Air Force One, the presidential aircraft."
- BRADBERRY: Really good summer reading, still great after all these years I am always impressed by the power of the pen, or, in today's parlance; the keyboard. Words can bring joy; they can also bring sorrow; they can bring life, they can be deadly, and they can bring justice which can often deliver neither joy nor sorrow.
- BRADBERRY: Happy 50th birthday, Civil Rights Act of 1964 It was just another early summer day, a Thursday, so dinner was probably Mom's exquisite meatloaf served up with healthy helpings of her home grown canned green beans and delicious hand peeled potatoes with hot corn bread, and for desert, a tall, thick slice of hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream and Dad's delicious homemade lemonade.
- BRADBERRY: The more things change the more they ... French journalist and novelist, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) is often credited with coining the phrase, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose", translated, "The more things change, the more they remain the same", a fitting description for the most recent disappointing news from the New York Education Commissioner about the sad state of affairs generally with New York boasting a slight rise to a 74.9 percent graduation rate while Niagara Falls remains stuck closer to the bottom at 63.1 percent with neighbors Buffalo at 53.4 and Rochester a distant last place at 43 percent.
- BRADBERRY: Former residents wish for good old days Like so many of the good friends I have come to know and love, or not over my lifetime, Mary and Walter Karwasinski lived most of their lives in the little universe where I grew up in Niagara Falls, but we did not get to know each other until we met in Florida way back in 2006 when I originally penned this piece.
- BRADBERRY: God put a rainbow in the sky "It's time to recognize the power of the Underground Railroad's brilliant legacy" pronounced Maya Angelou at the opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati 10 years ago in 2004. But my dear friend and colleague, the late Carol Murphy, as usual, was way ahead of the call ...
BRADBERRY: Another look at the case for reparations
When a few of my closest friends began forwarding the same link to me one day last week, I decided to skip past the long chronological line of mostly aggravating product solicitations and fake get rich-quick-scheme email messages piled up on my computer and read what so many were pointing me toward, an in-depth examination by “The Atlantic” (theatlantic.com) writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates of the issue of compensation to the African American descendants of slavery in the form of “reparations.”
- BRADBERRY: Digging up the past, uncovering the future I just happened to be paging through Daniel L. Davis's new book "The Life and Times of Suspension Bridge Village," Dan's latest attempt to "help revive the glory that was once…the North End", when I received a message from Lewis F. Buttery, Jr. (bri-nk.org) announcing the formation of B-R-I-N-K, (Buttery Research Initiative Niagara Knowledge) Lewis's, attempt to preserve and share his family's role in the development of Niagara Falls as one of the world's iconic tourist destinations.
- BRADBERRY: Weather, whether we like it or not One of the many consequences of this year's extended winter weather has been the relatively late start of spring and our annual spring cleaning ritual. Having been delayed by weather's other priorities, like too much rain, I really can't blame it all on Mother Nature, procrastination may have a little something to do with the late start.
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