Tonawanda News


July 9, 2014

A stunning scandal in Mississippi-voting|DUVALL: A stunning scandal in Mississippi

Tonawanda News — We don’t tend to talk a whole lot about Mississippi on this paper’s editorial page and for good reason. It’s a long way away in both distance and temperament. But I swear this will be worth it.

So, Mississippi, you have a senator who’s been around forever, Thad Cochran, running for re-election. Most senators who’ve been around forever don’t usually have to do very much to get re-elected except show up, run a few commercials reminding voters they still exist and wait for November to roll around.

But this is Mississippi we’re talking about. Specifically a Mississippi Republican primary. If you guessed this would not be a normal election congratulations, you’re correct.

Cochran, whose colleagues roundly agree is a really nice guy who’s really good at getting the federal government to spend money on his state, faced an increasingly common problem in the form of a primary challenge from a previously unknown state lawmaker who said Cochran wasn’t conservative enough. 

If you want to fire up Republican primary voters start talking about Washington (and I don’t mean George, though they do quite like referencing the Founding Fathers). It’s a cesspool! All the people we elect to run the government want to do is govern, govern, govern! Live free or die! Or something. Rabble rabble rabble.

So Cochran’s challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, mounted a fierce underdog campaign to unseat Cochran, who is 114 years old, by casting him as past his prime. At one point, McDaniel supporters lied their way into Cochran’s dementia-suffering wife’s nursing home to take her photo and use it for something. Use it for what was never particularly clear but odds are it had something to do with Obamacare. 

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    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

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014