• VOUTOUR APPOINTMENT: Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour was recently elected head of the New York State Sheriff’s Association. For our sheriff, it’s a sign of respect from his colleagues across the state. The association is a nonprofit corporation that assists sheriffs and their deputies in the 62 counties in the efficient and effective delivery of vital services. Congratulations to Sheriff Voutour and his staff.
• MEALS ON WHEELS: These past few weeks have not been easy for some 1,500 volunteers of Meals on Wheels for Western New York who are part of a force that serves 900,000 meals to more than 3,600 homebound seniors and disabled individuals each year in the eight-county area. Their dedication to this demanding daily task is even more evident when they brave the frigid temperatures and snowy and slippery roads to fulfill their mission.
• NEWSPAPER CARRIERS: Speaking of fighting the elements, we’d like to give a special cheer to all of the Gazette’s newspaper carriers who have spent their early mornings dealing with some of the worst winter weather we’ve had in a while to deliver the paper to our customers. Most days these past weeks it’s been no easy task getting around the city or the many other communities we serve, whether by foot or by car. We salute their dedication to the job.
• CLOSE PARKERS: We’ve been encountering another nuisance driver this long winter — those motorists who ignore the “No parking from here to the corner: signs, creating yet another hazardous situation near intersections where huge piles of snow are already a major obstacle for drivers. The standard excuse for the inconsiderate drivers: “I was just going to pick up a newspaper and a lottery ticket. I was back in a minute.” That’s more than enough time for a serious accident.
• HILLARY CLINTON: The still-unofficial Democratic presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton has been rocked by revelations that she used a private email account for official business while she was the Secretary of State and the email server was in her home. This means every word that the nation’s top diplomat uttered electronically on behalf of the U.S. for four years is in Clinton’s personal possession, not the U.S. government’s as it should be. That in turn means public access is severely limited. Clearly, Secretary Clinton intended to block her Republican critics from sticking their nose in “her” business — and in doing so, she thoughtlessly blocked the whole country from knowing its business.