Tonawanda News

December 22, 2012

TUCKER: Winter weather blues

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — It’s that time of year again. We’re only two days into “official winter” and the TV weather forecasters are already giving “Winter Storm Warnings.” Can’t they let us enjoy the holiday, snow and all, without their dire warnings?

Of course I realize that two-to-three inches of snow will cause chaos and that folks in the Southtowns are overjoyed at a lot more snow (think skiing)  — but c’mon get over the warnings. There’s nothing any of us can do about it anyway.

The other day I was making a list of the most annoying things and events that bug me. At first, the top of the list was, of course, signals and stop signs. But then it dawned on me that weather forecasters will top the list. And for those of you who hate reading this column, I can sympathize with you, as I look at the TV weather while all the time it makes me angry.

What goes around, comes around.


Peter Gfroerer called to ask me a mathematics question. See if you know the answer.

How high would a pile of $100 bills be to reach $1 trillion? If each stack of $100 bills is one-half inch high, the answer is 784 miles.

Pete’s bottom line here is to state that few, if any of us, know or can even contemplate how much a $16 trillion deficit in this country really is. It’s a question to ponder, but I’m putting off pondering until after the New Year.


The week before Christmas and the one after, are the slowest time for news of all kinds here at the News. Community events are at their lowest peak as people take time out to enjoy the holiday, as they should! Thanks to those who kept the community pages alive and well.


Everyone surely has a comment on the most horrible, tragic event in Connecticut. Lots of blame to go around, for sure.

However, what about the most violent movies and TV shows that have been coming our way for a number of years, each movie more violent than the one preceding it, the TV shows that can’t seem to get enough of blood and gore and which are offensive to many except the young. Then there’s the X-box and video games, which even if they are rated for younger children, are violent as well. How young people can view all this and have the images nearly burned into their minds and not be affected is beyond me. Do you remember the “Legion of Decency” which rated movies? Imagine that the Legion were alive today. There would hardly be a movie or video that would pass inspection. And let’s not forget the kids who are violent to their teachers who have no way of combating this as teachers are at the mercy of such out-of-control students.

I would, however, like to qualify the statement on students as there are far more really good kids out there and all one has to do is look at the News and all the good they are doing in the community. The Christmas for Kids at Tonawanda High School was remarkable and that school was one of dozens in our area whose students helped the needy, the elderly, the homeless. Kudos to them and their dedicated teachers. So often we look at the “bad” and forget the “good.”

Let’s pray for the families of the victims of the school tragedy as they face this holiday season.


Are you “yarned out?

If you were one of the dozens who donated yard, here’s a report form MaryBeth Kupiec, president of the DeGraff Memorial Hospital’s auxiliary and also coordinator of volunteer services and the McLaughlin Center.

“I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the amazing PR, as the yarn continues to flow in daily here at the DeGraff gift shop. This year the ladies have donated 64 lap robes, blankets and shoulder wraps to Niagara County Hospice. The volunteers make slippers sold at the gift shop and Mrs. Rogers makes the smallest hats, booties and blankets for the babies at Woman and Children’s Hospital,” MaryBeth said.

“I just can not say enough about the volunteers at DeGraff, the kind, compassionate folks that come to our hospital everyday to help us, the staff and patients, expecting not a thing in return. These yarn projects, whether knit or crochet, give the ladies a purpose, something they can do from their home to help out our community hospital,” she added.


On this cheerful note, a Merry Christmas to all.

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email