Tonawanda News


March 15, 2014

TUCKER: No news except weather news

Tonawanda News — If I never listen to another weather forecaster it will be a century too soon. This week’s snow storm took me over the edge. Obviously, nothing was happening in the entire world as every broadcaster could only talk about the storm that was coming, the storm that came and the storm afterwards. Yuk!

I realize that the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a severe snowstorm characterized by strong winds causing blowing snow that results in low visibilities and that the difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind, not the amount of snow.

However our local TV forecasters are so smug that they are able to close schools, scare residents and keep the story going. But since each station gives the weather at least three times each half-hour (Channel 7 does it four times) which, combined with sports leaves about five minutes for real news. Where’s spring when you need it?

Perhaps Bob Zayatz can help. He emailed that after his tirade about church and school closings a couple of weeks ago, he had a few calmer thoughts about “Spring Is Here.”

“Our daffodils are up several inches already, although covered by snow. We saw a large flock of robins. I saw a two-pair of swans in the Niagara River today. Maybe things are looking up for all.”


Bob Nielsen emailed about the Common Core controversy.

“I was a professor of philosophy for over 40 years, and can testify that over 50 percent of my students in the past 20 years were below grade level in both math and reading when they entered college, and required remediation. I think you will find that this is true of most colleges and universities. I recently observed dismissal at both the NT high school and the junior high. The number of those carrying books home was infinitesimal — though they might have been hidden in the depths of knapsacks that some carried.

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  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

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