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We wonder if Gov. Andrew Cuomo has undergone the anti-sexual harassment training the rest of us do every year. If so, it didn’t take.

It felt like we were in line to vote, except that we stood – or sat – six feet apart from one another, in a fast-moving line snaking through a CVS. Now I’m looking at the supply of cleaning products, now I’m reading the front of bar mitzvah cards. Then it was a stack of bottles of water, and…

My oldest sister is 78 years old and lives in Texas. Her husband is 83. Last month for more than three days they lived without power, heat or running water. Outside it got as cold as 19 degrees. Millions of other Texans suffered along with them.

As we’ve seen throughout the lengthy history of our great nation we can be a people divided. It’s nothing new in the social media era.

A story within a story comes to you this week. Peter Kalm tells us, "When you are above the fall, and look down, your head begins to turn; the French who have been here 100 times will seldom venture to look down, without at the same time keeping fast hold of some tree with one hand."

Proposals to further regulate the nursing home industry are circulating in the state Legislature in the wake of Attorney General Letitia James’ devastating report on undercounting of the COVID-19 dead who resided in long-term care facilities.

America is now in a dangerous place, yet many pranking on a volcano of sorts don’t seem to realize that. Don’t look for Kelly Ripa and sidekick to get it. Or Colbert and Fallon. Or millions living a still good life in the environs of Portland, San Fran, and of course Hollywood.

There was a tree stand on the back side of my property in Allegany County that I was going to check out on the ATV. While I was going up the steep trail he flew out from my right but only went a few trees over before landing.

President Biden faces a tough choice on immigration. Does he accept compromises that advance some, but not all, items on his reform agenda? Or does he insist on the sort of all-or-nothing strategy that has failed repeatedly since President Reagan signed the last comprehensive overhaul in 1986?

The dust has settled now. The binoculars and scopes are put away.

It’s been a few crazy weeks now. When I first knew I was coming to work for the Gazette and Union Sun & Journal, my wife Beth and I started loosely home shopping because while moving is a lot of work, we might consider it. Our first step was a ride to Niagara Falls.

For most people in New York, it seems getting a Covid shot must include a spreadsheet, high tech knowledge and a bit of luck.

If you’re going to reach kids these days, what better place than their cell phone?

Back when my mother and father lived in the Tampa area, I used to call them on a regular basis. It was in the spring of 1987 when I made such a call. Mom picked up the phone. We had a nice chat and she told me that things were fine. She was in a particularly good mood because my brother, Tim…

The COVID-19 crisis, and the government’s handling thereof, has led to a tale of two economies.

Peter Kalm, a gentleman of Sweden while traveling in America, wrote to his friend in Philadelphia about a particular visit to the great fall of Niagara during September of 1750.

Winter has made its mark for this year. We’ve been experiencing various snow storms and some frigid winds. This year, the storms have hit in February. Past years they have hit in January. Is this a sign of climate change?

I was headed to an area where a friend had seen a pair of bald eagles feeding on a road-killed deer when I spotted a small hawk up on a telephone pole.

Legally, Donald Trump was acquitted by the U.S. Senate. But politically, he has been found guilty by the American public. And the clash between those two judgments is creating a jagged split right down the middle of the Republican Party.

Former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo was a brilliant thinker and hypnotic speaker, as New York talk-radio luminary William O'Shaughnessy emphasizes over and over in his book “Mario Cuomo – Remembrances of a Remarkable Man.”

It was the second hour of my first day. The phone was ringing. I didn’t know the system. Theresa McCarthy was standing at my desk, getting reacquainted after 20 years. I got a panicked look on my face.

Go figure: In California, the names of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and others are headed to the trash bin. Well, at least, if they are affixed to buildings as the names of 44 different schools in the San Francisco area.

The New York State Comptroller’s Office has been petitioned to investigate the process by which Lockport City School District acquired its controversial, and now shut-down, facial recognition-powered surveillance system. The petitioner, system critic and Gazette contributing writer Jim Shult…

I started listening to Rush Limbaugh in 1988 when he came on WBEN. At the time, I was a weekly newspaper editor. Ronald Reagan was President and Limbaugh had a bully pulpit. I fancied myself a Conservative.

Coronavirus was just surging across China this time last year — more than 1,770 deaths had been tallied since the outbreak began in December — and was seeping over oceans and across borders into other parts of Asia. Americans exposed while on a cruise ship were being flown by chartered jet f…

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross famously outlined anyone’s getting through anything in her “Five Stages of Grief,” namely, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. In that order. Whatever you’re coping with, that’s the route you’re on, whether the issue is death – yours or some loved …

The work that I do with the Democracy Center — the organization I founded and have run for nearly 30 years — usually involves a lot of traveling. We work with groups all over the world to help them develop their advocacy campaigns on issues like children’s rights and climate change. But my l…

Our superb Niagara Falls City School District fiscal stewards – the Board of Education and the financial team — have created a sound preliminary 2021-2022 school year budget that once again does not raise the tax levy. Keeping the tax levy steady is especially important this year, as many re…

The winter of 2010-2011 was not kind to local landowners who have bass ponds on their property. Most ponds in the area froze over on Thanksgiving and didn’t thaw until Easter. We weren’t blessed with the periodic thaws and rains that keep smaller local waters ice-free or a bit open on occasi…

We moved up to 1751 for the next "tourist" visit with comments and reaction to the Falls at Niagara in the early years of settlement . However, these were not settlers per se but explorers with a profound desire to visit the area around the falls themselves. Their comments are repetitive to …

It's all gone from the sublime to the ridiculous? Or is that simply from ridiculous to more ridiculous?

The eastern coyote is a relative newcomer to New York state that began to appear in the 1930s.

The end of the pandemic is near, but more frustrating than we might have expected.

After Republicans lost the White House and both chambers of Congress last November, you might think they'd be asking themselves: How can we attract more voters in the next election?

It is a privilege to be here and serve your newspaper as Regional News Editor. Much has changed over the last 20 years but the critical mission, as community watchdog and voice, has never been more important.

The prevalence of flu in New York state is way down compared to this time last year, according to an analysis of health tracking data by Univera Healthcare.

I'm not going to accept the results of the Super Bowl. I was in one of those pools with a hundred squares and little did I know before I signed on that it was all set up by unscrupulous actors. It was a fix like no one has ever seen before in the history of sports.

The United Way of Greater Niagara has completed its 2020 campaign. We are aware of the challenging times but find our community generous in helping others. We continue with our mission: To invest in programs that focus on Education, Health and Financial Stability that deliver measurable resu…

Growing up, Camp Dittmer was special to me.

Paul Dudley wrote an account of the Falls of the river Niagara, taken at Albany, Oct. 10, 1721 from Monsieur Borassaw, a French native of Canada. He served as an informant to Dudley and appeared to have been a French boatman or trader. He was apparently at the Falls several times, among them…

The lunar year, or Chinese New Year, begins Feb. 12 and the zodiac animal associated with 2021 is the ox.

Families are important entities, aren’t they. But sometimes of course bringing deleterious effects … and for life.

I became fascinated with eagles when I first moved to the Alabama Swamp in 1986 and have been studying this majestic bird ever since. Today I get just as excited when spotting a bald eagle as I did back then. Photographing them, being involved with the eagle cams and monitoring nests for the…

President Biden faces a major decision just weeks into his presidency: Does he genuinely try to work with Republicans to produce a bipartisan compromise aimed at alleviating the damage done by the pandemic? Or does he push forward with just the votes of Democratic lawmakers, who hold slim ma…

I am always drawn back to places that at some point played a significant role in my life. So when I was stopped recently at the light on Main and Cleveland in Niagara Falls, I found myself face to face with another old haunt I'd just driven by, a former work place at which I'd spent five won…

Two weeks ago, more than 100 parents, students and taxpayers in Lockport City School District petitioned our Board of Education. The petition asked the board to answer some basic questions about the district’s failed facial recognition surveillance project. At its Jan. 20 meeting the board m…

There is something comforting about a comprehensive snowstorm impacting 100 million Americans, causing whiteout conditions, shoveling galore and snow days for those still going to school, with Buffalo and Western New York as only a supporting player. New York City got it hard this week, with…

The next "tourist" to visit Niagara Falls was one of the early Jesuit writers on America. He was in Niagara Falls in May of 1721.

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