Niagara Gazette — Even if the lawmakers eventually approve the controversial fracking process, the Southern Tier would likely benefit the most from the job creation since that’s the area where the Marcellus Shale is dominant in the Empire State. In addition to New York, the formation stretches across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. It is believed to contain more than 410 trillion feet of natural gas.
THE FLIP SIDE: New York’s recently enacted gun control law has upset some mental health advocates who claim provisions in the law unfairly stigmatize people diagnosed with mental illness. The law requires therapists and other clinicians report patients to a centralized data base if they’re considered a threat to themselves or others.An official with the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services contends the new law could damage trust between patients being treated and their therapists.
MONEY TALK: Overheard at Murphy’s Cafe, Third Street: “The lottery is a tax on idiots. Or on people who can’t do math” — two lawyers discussing the state budget deficit.
HELPING HANDS DEPT.: If you’re heading to the St. Patrick’s Day Party March 17 at the Conference Center Niagara Falls, you can assist less fortunate people by donating non-perishable food items at the door. Everything collected will be donated to the Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry in the city’s North End. The agency feeds hundreds of people every day.
THINK SPRING?: A reminder that the popular Buffalo Home & Garden Show continues today at the Buffalo Convention Center. It also is scheduled for March 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 9 p..m., and March 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.