- BRADBERRY: Let's shop till we drop … locally So, now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone and the annual shopping spree has officially begun, let's shop … "tis the Season!"
CONFER: Common Core: Welcome to more of the same
It's not coincidental that as standardized testing has become the norm at all grade levels nationwide, the outcomes have suffered. The 'new' rage in education, Common Core State Standards, promises more of the same.
- HIGGS: A look at a few neighborhood landmarks We started our series on landmarks buildings with schools and now we are delving into churches. There are a few obvious towering landmarks which will eventually be written about here, but I felt the need to go into the neighborhoods (which is where most of my thoughts are centered anyway) to fish out a few landmarks there.
- GUEST VIEW: Wednesday referendum: Old vacancy costs vs. new revenue The Niagara Falls City School District land sale referendum on Wednesday is very important. It is both a public vote and a community business decision. Do we want to live with blighted buildings until we pay to demolish them, or do we want to see them responsibly renovated in our lifetimes? The vote lets the public chose new tax revenue and blight elimination versus costly government ownership of vacant buildings.
- GLYNN: April & Nino won Grammy for '63 song When job opportunities appear hopeless, many people start looking elsewhere, even if it means moving far away from the hometown.
- SINGER: The mirage of Mideast peace A tiny news item a little while back indicated that "Al-Qaida-linked militants" proudly claimed ownership of rockets they'd shot into northern Israel from southern Lebanon. Not much damage thankfully ensued, though apparently one rocket just missed a retirement home for Holocaust survivors.
- LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: O Christmas tree -- is back again It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Last Christmas. Sorry about invoking back-to-back song titles, but we're using 2012's tree. Real, not artificial. Indoors. And thereby hangs a tale, along with a few ornaments …
- HAMILTON: Onion skins, councils and mayors Not since the days of Mayor Michael O'Laughlin have I been so surprised by a single package of council votes. The biggest surprise was when council unanimously got it wrong in not accepting the help of that Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments that Mayor Paul Dyster proposed, and that should have passed muster.
- GLYNN: Shopping can take edge off family tradition Thanksgiving, unfortunately, has lost some of its luster.
- EDITORIAL: When a holiday isn't a holiday When is enough enough? When can we just take a day off from all the commercials, all the sales, all the midnight lines wrapping around big boxes and just be thankful for what we have?
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