Niagara Gazette


December 26, 2013

GLYNN: A hard look at Rockefeller Drug Laws


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PAY HIKES: There’s good news, starting Jan. 1, for people now working for a minimum wage.

In New York State, one of 13 states that have approved an increase, the current $7.25 per hour rate will be boosted to $8 per hour. The highest is Washington state where the rate rises from $9.19 per hour to $9.32. (In the Sea-Tac, Wash., area, which covers 6,000 airport workers in Seattle and Tacoma, the rate will soar from $9.19 per hour to $15. The latter is being challenged in court).

As you might expect, an annual minimum wage raise is always welcomed by low-wage worker advocates and criticized by business-friendly groups.


HELPING HANDS DEPT.: Doug Baker, president and chief executive officer of Mercy Flight-Western New York notes that in its last fiscal year, the agency forgave more than $1.3 million for care provided to uninsured and under-insured patients, an average of $1,209 per mission.

Mercy Flight continued to upgrade its equipment in 2013. Its fleet now includes one Bell 429 (helicopter) and four BK117 aircraft for its flight operations and 12 ambulances and three fly cars for its ground operations in Genesee County.

Individuals, clubs, businesses, youth groups or schools interested in finding out how to sponsor a mission should contact Samantha Ryan (716) 626-4100, ext. 308 or on the web at


FOR THE RECORD: Ask people familiar with the debate over The Common Core State Standard for education and they’ll tell you about the widespread myths that prevail. One example: It is said Common Core accelerates overtesting.

The American Federation of Teachers replies that the standards say nothing about testing. Some states are falling into the trap of too much assessment — by testing  before implementing or rushing to impose high stakes. Others, however, are taking a more sensible approach. The AFT says that before administering new tests, states must get implementation right.


TRIVIA QUIZ: What former president was called The Little Magician? (Answer Sunday).

Contact Reporter Don Glynnat 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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  • NIA Higgs, Norma mug HIGGS: A cupcake gets the Niagara Beautification Commission spotlight Not a cupcake per se, but a cute shop in LaSalle operated by a "sweet" lady who is a real dynamo when it comes to running a business.

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  • NIA Glynn, Don mug [Duplicate] GLYNN: A key factor in luring the convention A natural wonder in the nation's oldest state park isn't the lone factor for selecting Niagara Falls as a convention site.

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  • SINGER: Regional poetry and sad realities If that isn't (or wasn't) poetry, I don't know what is! I'm referring to the self-satisfied, sluggish trot of ice chunks emanating from Lake Erie in early May 2014 -- sauntering, it felt, along the lovely Niagara.

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  • NIA Smith, Doug and Polly LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Quest for an appointment comes up short We're rolling up our sleeves for Quest. The Big Mac of blood tests, the Tops of tourniquets, the Sears of screenings, opens on our Island at Monday's crack of dawn.

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  • NIA Davis, Vincent mug VINCENT DAVIS: Pledge your allegiance to the Slurpee, America's treat By now you must be aware that it is, in fact, summer. And since summer is a season not characterized by any obvious weather events (sometimes it's hot for days in a row, sometimes you get a bunch of rainy days and chilly nights) but instead activities, I'd like to bring attention to an underrated staple of summer sun enjoyment: Consuming the brain freeze-inducing snack classic, the Slurpee.

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  • NIA Hamilton, Ken mug HAMILTON: Popeye's '7-Minute' guide to educating southerners -- and me! Writer Mark Twain said that when he 14, his father was so ignorant that he could hardly stand to have the old man around. But upon turning 21, Twain said that he was astonished by how much his father had learned in just seven years.

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  • NIA DeLuca, Michele mug DELUCA: Wegmans call warns of bad fruit I was humming to myself the other day, getting ready for work on a lovely summer morning, when I decided to check my messages on the house phone. I hit the play button and heard a message from Wegmans warning me about some fruit that I had bought at their store. As quick as that, a message with the scary potential to change my life or the life of someone I love.

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  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Ortt jumps on drive to repeal the SAFE Act It was a no-brainer for North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, a Republican candidate for the 62nd Senate District seat, to join the forces to repeal the state's SAFE Act.

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