Tonawanda News


October 6, 2013

OUR VIEW: A note on local elections

Tonawanda News — With voters in each of our communities beginning to grapple with the issues important to them in local municipal elections next month, we’re heartened candidates have sought to use this page to reach those readers. But in the interest of fairness to all candidates, we thought it would be prudent to set some ground rules.

Due to the large number of submissions we’ve received already — a trend that’s unlikely to ebb as the election draws closer — we’ve notified all candidates who have submitted letters to the editor or guest view columns they are limited to a single submission between now and Election Day. The same will go for all candidates seeking to use this space.

Additionally, all submissions must be issue-oriented. That means they should address one or a series of issues relevant to voters here. Please, spare us the laundry lists of political endorsements and boiler plate “vote for me” slogans. These elections are important and this page is an important tool for those seeking office to make their views known. 

Candidates wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity can do so by emailing submissions directly to Managing Editor Eric DuVall at 

Readers should know submissions are edited for length, grammar and, where appropriate, clarity.

As Election Day approaches we will notify candidates via a note on this page of the cut-off date for submissions, beyond which we cannot guarantee — or may explicitly deny — a submission will be printed.

Additionally, we have in the past and will continue to issue candidate endorsements. After a pilot program two years ago, this board altered the way by which we reach those conclusions. The process of offering 30 minute interviews to all candidates — which can take up to 40 hours in interview time alone while considering council races in three municipalities, two counties and two mayoral elections — became too cumbersome. It also proved repetitive. We cover these races in considerable depth and, where North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda are concerned, we host our own candidate debates in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce where the issues we discuss in private are later aired in public. 

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  • OUR VIEW: Arson suspect never deserved bail Two of the 11 fires reported on Fifth Avenue could have been prevented with some jurisprudence in evaluating whether the suspect, Michelle Johnston, deserved to be offered bail. Given the obvious nature of a repeat offender who was charged with nine felony arson counts, bail never should have been offered in this case.

    July 25, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: 'Jefferson lives' a testament to enduring freedom One hundred and eighty-eight years ago today, our nation's second president, John Adams, uttered his last bitter, ironic words: "Jefferson lives." Thomas Jefferson didn't have much of a response. He'd died earlier that day.

    July 4, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Parking law change a step in right direction We were pleased to see lawmakers in the City of Tonawanda throw it in reverse this week and vote to abolish an overnight parking during the summer in the city after initially voting to keep it last month.

    July 3, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Council should change parking law City of Tonawanda leaders missed an opportunity to make life a little easier for residents this week when they shot down by a 3-2 Common Council vote a proposal to allow residents to park on the street overnight during the summer.

    June 5, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: City right to cut ties with Natale Voters spoke clearly last year in council races and in the mayoral race they did not approve of the deal negotiated by the city's former mayor, Ron Pilozzi.

    April 3, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Turning the corner on winter -- we hope The lead on Thursday's story about the latest -- and dear God we hope the last -- winter storm of the season pretty much said it all. Enough already.

    March 29, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Wilson's legacy includes Bills in Buffalo We all owe Mr. Wilson a debt of gratitude for demonstrating such fierce loyalty to Buffalo and to the fans of his team.

    March 26, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Tonawanda Coke sentence offers deserved answers U.S. Chief District Judge William Skretny got Wednesday's sentencing of Tonawanda Coke right in acknowledging the pain and suffering the plant has caused its neighbors -- while also noting it deserves a chance to improve its standing in the community now that the trial is over.

    March 20, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Time to get a handle on robocalls Calling himself "Robo Cop," U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer last week called for harsher fines and even jail time for repeat offenders who violate the federal "Do Not Call" rules with pre-recorded telemarketing calls.

    February 16, 2014

  • St. Francis closure demands explanation

    January 20, 2014