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Wages: Plan may tip the scales

Restaurants have always been a risky business proposition. For every one that becomes a fixture, there are dozens that struggle. It is this environment into which Gov. Andrew Cuomo is treading with his intention to possibly eliminate the credit that allows employers to pay tipped workers less ...

CLYMER: A fantasy of ‘success’

A south county school district that thinks it can took one more step backward. After the resignation of Bert Lictus, current Panama schools superintendent, Clymer hired interim Superintendent Ed Bailey. The move comes after a bitter failed merger vote and Lictus’ stepping down as a shared ...

silver creek: Cheering on the plunge

A chilling annual experience once again turned out to be quite heart-warming. With temperatures climbing out of single digits, about 40 people took the plunge to raise money for the Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Silver Creek Emergency Squad and Fire Department, Sunset Bay ...

WINTER: Finding beauty in the cold

Now that a warming trend has begun — and sub-zero temperatures seemingly are not forecasted for the coming two weeks, we can take some time to show a little appreciation for the beauty of nature in the winter. Recent submitted photos by Tom Prevet and Ron Szot highlighted snowy owls located ...

State of STATE: Property taxes still too high

We do not agree with all the goals outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, but there is one we definitely appreciate him banging the drum on: high local property taxes. During his speech last week, Cuomo noted local governments need to continue to do more regionally. ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SNOWMOBILING — There are some out there who are growing tired of the snow, and it’s only early January. But for snowmobilers, it’s another story. We’ve had a number of winters lately with little snow or warmer temperatures ...

NORTH KOREA: No doubting a danger

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Winter: Tough choices in driving

We all know how scary it can be to travel in white-out conditions. We saw it on Christmas day in our area — and we witnessed it some 50 miles to the east on the state Thruway on Tuesday afternoon. Around 4 p.m., there was a 20-car pile up between Exits 49 and 50 heading eastbound that ...

Football: Late gift is cherished

Christmas came six days late for Western New Yorkers, but no one was complaining. On New Year’s Eve, what was almost unthinkable at the beginning of the football season actually happened: the Buffalo Bills were playoff bound. After beating the Miami Dolphins — turning a romp into a ...

HEALTH CARE State can help with cure

The most expensive cost per month to most working New Yorkers isn’t their home or even their groceries — it’s ever-escalating health care premiums. A recent WalletHub study ranked New York 46th in the country for cost of health care, though the state ranked ninth in access to care and ...

New year: Cheering on some good news

Old habits are hard to break. That’s usually the opposite case with resolutions, which are tough to keep. So, in changing our sometimes negative attitudes about good things not happening in Western New York, let’s attempt to be more positive as we move into a new year this 2018. There are ...

STATE THRUWAY Rough road keeps getting worse

In his Saturday column, Thomas Kirkpatrick Sr. mentioned one of his pet peeves. He’s not alone. Motorists across Western New York — and those from around the country and Canada — must wonder just what is happening regarding the poor road conditions near the Silver Creek exit. It just ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST REMEMBER THE MAGIC — We want to applaud Partners in Kind. On Christmas Eve, the organization sponsored a special breakfast for area children who went through some kind of hardship in 2017. This was the second Remember the Magic ...

MISBEHAVIOR: Taking on harassment

A few weeks ago, the entertainment industry formed a special panel, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. If you have to ask why, you have not been paying attention during the past six months or so. Chaired by law professor Anita Hill, the ...

New York State: Another hike in the wage

Before the year ends, a number of small businesses will feel an extra pinch from New York state as the minimum wage will increase from $9.70 per hour to $10.40. State Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes the current wage is not a living wage. But for some of these earners, it may mean a loss of jobs ...

Holidays: Laughing off the streets

Even with the big day over and gifts exchanged, the stress remains during the holidays. Today, there is the rush to get to stores for after-Christmas shopping and families remain together — sometimes in tight quarters. So do not forget to laugh. One of our subscribers and Chautauqua ...

Governor goes on the defensive

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a female journalist she was doing “a disservice to women” last week by asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government. Karen DeWitt, the National Public Radio reporter who asked the question, was performing a ...

CHRISTMAS: Some neighbors work holidays

Few times of the year are as quiet and uneventful as Christmas Day. During the morning hours, at least, just about everyone is home enjoying the holiday with family and friends. But not quite. Police and sheriff’s department cruisers patrol the streets and byways. Paid firefighters staff ...

CHRISTMAS Our joyous time arrives

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BALD IS BEAUTIFUL — Good job to the middle and high school students at Forestville Central School who participated in this year’s Bald for Bucks campaign. The students went and got sponsors to get their heads shaved. Brayden ...