Tonawanda News


June 14, 2014

TUCKER: Give a cheer for yogurt

Tonawanda News — Yogurt, something I’d never eat, is now the official snack of New York ... and the naming of the wood frog as the official amphibian of the state ... is not off the table yet, a unique way to keep New York as a laughing stock to other states.

Do our legislators have nothing better to do than come up with this frivolous stuff? Does the state not have any pressing issues to take care of? What a joke.

How about helping small businesses by cutting taxes and supporting them with technical support? No, Governor Cuomo and the legislators are cheering the new companies coming in and starting up with no taxes for 10 years. There are rules about competing with others in the field, but with Internet and global access, those lines of demarcation are easy to erase. Why not look at businesses here that could use those kinds of tax breaks to keep their doors open?

Oh, by the way, the legislators approved 144 bills in a rush before this weekend’s three days off, followed by four days before they are off for the summer to “work” in the district.

The legislature is itself a laughing stock — at our expense.


Robert Adner of the Town of Tonawanda emailed a wonderful human interest story told particularly at this time when we recall D-Day and the fighting in WWII. The story is about Mr. Adner and his Army buddy of 65 years, Norman Batchelder. 

“My original outfit was the 39th Infantry Regiment, Company “M,” reassigned to USARPAC which is the headquarters for the entire Pacific command,” he wrote. “We served together in Hawaii in 1948 and 1949. He married a Japanese girl whose father owned a pineapple plantation on Kaui which was left to Norm and Alice. I was best man at his wedding in Honolulu in 1949 and we have kept in contact ever since. ... Although we were both combat engineers we got sidetracked when our ship broke down in Hawaii on the way to Japan. Sadly Norm, who is flying in from Newport Beach, Ca. with his son and daughter-in-law, is in the first stages of dementia so it is likely to be out last reunion.”

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    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 25, 2014

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 17, 2014