- LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: A proper salute for the Island's 'Uncle Sam' It's not every day they send off Uncle Sam with a 21-gun salute, and for many in the front rows at Island Presbyterian Church last Saturday, it's just as well.
- HAMILTON: Make black history, instead of just skipping it When Niagara Falls Chief of Police John Chella retired, fellow citizen and former City Administrator Bill Bradberry and I sent an email to Mayor Paul Dyster asking him to consider interviewing a black police chief to replace him.
GLYNN: Niagara's scenic ice bridge marred by tragedy
That footage on the television news showing the Crystal Beach ice caves -- luring several thousand visitors along the Lake Erie shoreline -- conjures up thoughts of beauty and disaster at Niagara Falls.
BRADBERRY: Zora Neale Hurston and R. Nathaniel Dett, folklorists
Life can be so short, yet so full, I thought as I stood reading the headstone, "Genius of the South, 1901 - 1960, Novelist, Folklorist, Anthropologist" atop Zora Neal Hurston's grave in Fort Pierce, Florida where she died poor and penniless in the County Home on Thursday January 28, 1960.
COPS NOTEBOOK: Ranting about the silence
It’s one of those weeks when it’s time to rant.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seems like a nice enough guy. Affable, funny, smart, a good lawyer and a pretty savvy politician.
- CONFER: Move New York's primaries to June In 2009, the federal government passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which mandated that the states have federal absentee ballots in the hands of overseas military personnel at least 45 days before an election, to ensure that their completed ballots could be received by local boards of elections in a timely fashion.
- TOM'S CORNER: Tom dispenses shock and strut wisdom The Gazette has partnered with local automotive expert Tom Torbjornsen to publish his weekly national column. Tom's Corner will appear in Thursday's editions.
- HIGGS: Historical treasures inside St. Mary of the Cataract This week we take a look at the interior of St. Mary of the Cataract and some of its treasurers referred to in the document prepared by the Rev. Michael H. Burzynski, PhD a recent pastor.
- GLYNN: Texting and cell phone abuse take heavy toll The woman in the supermarket checkout lane was on a cell phone, apparently calling someone about the groceries she was about to buy. No one in the line had a clue what could be so important to make a personal phone call while other customers waited. One irate man reminded the woman that it was inconsiderate to all the others in line.
- SINGER: Remembering their sacrifice On a lush Western New York day last summer, with temperature about 85 out (hard to feel in an air-conditioned car), I got back to the Thruway. And I noticed a flag at half mast as I approached this particular booth. I asked if it was some notable who had died, but learned it was "a New York state soldier."
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