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Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series looking at the statewide proposals on November’s ballots.

(TNS) – I am grateful my wife and I are both healthy and my work has not been interrupted during COVID-19. But even with good health and work, emotionally the pandemic is still uncomfortable and scary and not a whole lot of fun.

New York State Sheriffs’ Week is a chance to recognize the dedication, bravery and sacrifice of our local law enforcement officials, and consider everything they do to keep us safe.

DALLAS (Tribune News Service) — One of the most challenging aspects of the modern presidency is to keep the focus on your own agenda, lest what you want to do is overwhelmed by what you have to do.

(TNS) — The battle lines in the war on COVID-19 have been getting blurrier, as infections surge and studies offer changing and sometimes conflicting data on exactly how much protection vaccines provide. Amid the fog, we mustn’t lose sight of a crucial truth: Vaccines still work, and they’re …

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Back in 1928, Herbert Hoover wanted a “car in every garage”. If he were alive today, with that goal realized, his new slogan might be a “kayak in every garage.” Kayaks are everywhere. It seems like everyone has one.

I wasn’t working as a reporter 20 years ago. Instead, I was in the 5th grade at Eden, a 10-year-old a month away from turning 11.

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Last week, one of the newspapers I write for, the Lockport Union Sun & Journal, featured a glossy magazine celebrating 200 years of the newspaper.

Lies and misinformation campaigns have fueled the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 618,000 Americans — and counting. Social media posts have promulgated conspiracy theories about the origins of the coronavirus, the severity of the pandemic, treatment options, and, of course, vaccines.

Leaders throughout New york sent out congratulatory messages to Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday, some just minutes after she became the state’s first female governor at 12:01 a.m.

GEORGETOWN, Texas (Tribune News Service) — The fall of Afghanistan was predictable, but even the most pessimistic foreign policy experts must be surprised by the rapidly developing momentum of the Taliban’s push to establish complete control of the country.

My friend Tim McMahon has responded to my earlier essay in this newspaper. (“Hands off Nicaragua,” July 29.) I know Tim to be an honorable man, and I know that he is stating the truth as he sees it. Unfortunately, the truth that he sees is the position of the U.S. State Department and the ma…

TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE — A talk show producer was calling him sexy; his instructive, caring, humorous press conferences on COVID-19 had won him an Emmy; a publisher was paying him $5 million for a book he wrote about his leadership excellence; and many had him pegged as a future president.

The shocking and credible allegations of serious, and possibly criminal, misconduct by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as revealed in the recent report from Attorney General Letitia James, cause us great concern.

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In my May 13 essay, “Honesty and balance needed in teaching of history,” I wrote, “In considering the overall success of SUNY history offerings throughout our state, as evidenced by many positive student evaluations of most of these courses, I would remind SUNY officials in Albany who want t…

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Sunday’s edition of the Buffalo New dropped a bombshell: The Buffalo Bills are in talks with New York and Erie County officials about a proposed new stadium and the Pegula family wants taxpayers to foot the entire bill to the tune of $1.1 billion.

As high schoolers, most of us learned about the Monroe Doctrine. Many people assume that the Monroe Doctrine is United States law, and possibly even international law. It isn’t either of these.

If there was one thing that Niagara County residents can take from the powerful storm that besieged the center of the county on July 20, led to a state of emergency and travel ban, and left infrastructure, businesses, and residences crippled in its wake, it is this: We are blessed to have so…