Published: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT
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Tue, 14 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTEconomically, the past 12 months have been tough; really tough.
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTWith Independence Day just a few days away, Listener Commentator Gary Schindler finds himself reflecting on the meaning of liberty.
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe coverage of Michael Jackson's untimely death last week was nearly non-stop on the cable news network. Listener-Commentator Mary Jo Jagord (JAY-gord) expressed relief that at least there was one station and network that was providing what she described as "real news."
Tue, 23 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTWe're all aware of the out-of-proportion salaries paid to athletes these days. But listener-commentator Joe Marren wonders if such athletic paydays could be transferred to his former profession -- the legacy media.
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTFor whatever reason, privacy is no longer an issue for millions of Facebook users who are compelled to post information about all aspects of their lives. Listener-Commentator Reed Rankin suggests it might be time to close the curtains, just a little.
Tue, 12 May 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe blogosphere is filled with citizen journalists who are making their mark. Listener-Commentator Charles Pierson is one of them.
Tue, 05 May 2009 04:00:00 GMTIt has become a tradition for listener-commentator Marcia Gruber to recognize the contributions nurses make as they observe Nurses Week. This year, Marcia tells us the story of how one nurse recognizes the people she cares for.
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMTThere is much debate over the best way to pay for the economic stimulus package. Listener-Commentator Anthony Ogorek says simply raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for the stimulus is not the answer.
Tue, 07 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMTIt's that time of year for the annual Orwell Awards, presented by our listener-commentator Gary Earl Ross.
Tue, 31 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe arrival of Spring often brings a return of thunder and lightning. Listener-Commentator Chris Mackowski says even as an adult, he's still awed by a thunderstorm.
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe debate over evolution and creation theory can be contentious. Listener Commentator, Reverend Fred Jensen, says you can be a religious person and still believe in evolution.
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMTOn this St. Patrick's Day, our listener-commentator Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is remembering a man whose spirit lives on, especially on this holiday.
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMTAs this year's ski season draws to a close, listener-commentator Jim Nolan remembers his trips to an area ski resort while growing up, and the terrifying pieces of equipment he encountered.
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 05:00:00 GMTIt's comforting to know that when we need it, a community resource of the quality of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute is there -- ready to help. Listener-Commentator Dan Lenard says he experienced first hand just how good Roswell Park is.
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTAs another Black History Month draws to a close, Listener-Commentator Joe Marren says this once good idea may no longer work. He says a recent trip down South left him feeling ashamed because there is so much we don't know about the history of civil rights.
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTThere are so many stories relating to last Thursday's disastrous plane crash in Clarence. Listener-Commentator Christina Abt shares her own story about a valued trading card and the man who gave it to her.
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTTelevision often takes a bad rap as a vast wasteland. But listener-commentator Todd Schoepflin has some good things to say about TV.
Tue, 03 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTThere's so much in our lives that is false or fake. Listener-Commentator Amy Ludwig VanDerwater says it's time to get real.
Tue, 27 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTAmericans are experiencing a sense of renewal following last week's inauguration of the nation's first African-American President. Western New York civic leader and regionalism expert Kevin Gaughan expresses a historic view on this new era.
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTSociety has often labeled poor people as being "less fortunate." But listener-commentator, Fr. Daniel Weir says fortune has little to do with poverty. He says it's all about privilege.
Tue, 30 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTThe inauguration of a new president is three weeks away. Listener-Commentator Joe Marren says he's anxiously waiting by his mailbox for his invitation.
Tue, 23 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTThis time of year, more than any other, brings back warm memories. Listener-Commentator Mary Burich says she fondly remembers some of her childhood Christmas celebrations.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTAs she walked around her Elmwood village neighborhood last year at this time, listener-commentator Lisa Forrest says she was reminded of a John Lennon holiday classic.
Tue, 09 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTThese have been trying times, even for the most savvy of investors, including our listener-commentator Anthony Ogorek.
Tue, 02 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTOne's book collection provides a glimpse into our very lives -- what interests us, what are our passions. Listener-Commentator Alex Livingston reflects on his Aunt Mickey's life now that he has been given part of her collection.
Tue, 25 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTThere are several high-profile local advocates who are pushing regionalism. Now, says listener-commentator Bruce Fisher, they'll soon have an ally in Washington.
Tue, 18 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTListener-Commentator Keith Frome is a respected Buffalo area educator. He's written a book titled "How's My Kid Doing" that answers questions from parents about their child's education. From time to time, we're sharing excerpts from the book in our commentary segment. One parent writes, "What does my child need to do to get into a really good university? And how early should we start preparing?"
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTThe late 1960s and early '70s were a time of some pretty bad music. But Listener-Commentator Jim Nolan admits he actually liked some of what he heard while growing up in Snyder.
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMTPresidential elections of the past have our listener-commentator Bruce Mitchell reflecting on what course he'll choose two weeks from today.
Wed, 15 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMTThe term "elite" is heard often in our political discourse. If you're elite, you're out of touch with the concerns of the average American. Listener-Commentator Paul Reitan wonders why that is.
Tue, 07 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMTThe Buffalo Sabres open their new season on Friday. It's always an exciting time of year for one of our resident hockey experts. But this year is somewhat bitter sweet as he ponders the future of the wooden hockey stick.
Tue, 30 Sep 2008 04:00:00 GMTMost colleges and universities in the nation use at least a few part-time adjunct professors to teach students. But Listener-Commentator Andrew Sachs says that practice is unfair, both to the adjunct and students alike.
Tue, 23 Sep 2008 04:00:00 GMTCourses that teach women about the intricacies of football are increasingly popular. Listener-Commentator Ed Adamczyk says he took the course he taught recently a step further and actually took his students onto a nearby football field to run some plays.
Tue, 16 Sep 2008 04:00:00 GMTDemocratic presidential candidate Barack Obama oftens talks about his improbable road to his party's nomination. And that has listener-commentator Charles Pierson contemplating the improbable stories of his own life.
Tue, 09 Sep 2008 04:00:00 GMTThere's been much debate about tax cuts in the presidential race. Democrat Barack Obama says he'll push for tax relief for middle class Americans. Republican John McCain says all Americans, regardless of their wealth, should benefit. Listener-commentator Anthony Ogorek says the candidates should stop pitting the "middle class" against the "rich" and come up with a solution to the complex tax system.
Tue, 12 Aug 2008 04:00:00 GMTListener-Commentator Keith Frome is a respected Buffalo area educator who was once headmaster of the Elmwood-Franklin School. He's written a book titled "How's My Kid Doing" that answers questions from parents about their child's education.
Tue, 05 Aug 2008 04:00:00 GMTIn the spirit of a popular movie from the 1980s, who you gonna call when you're dealing with a hazardous materials crisis? In the case of listener-commentator and Orchard Park Town Supervisor Mary Travers Murphy, the call was made to one of this area's most qualified experts on toxic waste.
Tue, 29 Jul 2008 04:00:00 GMTFor the past 12 years, the Niagara Health Quality Coalition has issued hospital report cards. It has gained the reputation as an independent voice helping consumers make choices about hospitals and doctors.
Tue, 22 Jul 2008 04:00:00 GMTSome University Heights residents are voicing their concerns about the escalation of violent crime after an elderly man was shot by two robbers. Listener-Commentator Jenny Hartnett says these troubles should not bring an end to the neighborhood, but instead rekindle civic duty to bring it back to life.
Tue, 15 Jul 2008 04:00:00 GMTSummer is a time for barbecues. Listener-commentator Jim Nolan shares his enthusiasm for a made-in-Buffalo grill that he remembers from his childhood in Snyder.
Tue, 01 Jul 2008 04:00:00 GMTAs the nation celebrates Independence Day this Friday, listener-commentator Bruce Fisher says it's time for the Confederate flag to be permanently retired from public display in this country.
Wed, 25 Jun 2008 04:00:00 GMTTim Russert's death continues to bring a flood of memories and stories about the now legendary broadcaster. Some of those stories go back to his roots in South Buffalo, long before his career in broadcasting. Commentator and fellow South Buffalo native Steve Banko tells us about his memories as Russert's first boss.
Wed, 18 Jun 2008 04:00:00 GMTA private funeral service will be held in Washington Wednesday for Buffalo native and broadcast journalist Tim Russert. Listener-Commentator Christina Abt says Western New Yorkers felt connected to Russert because of his love of home, family and country.
Tue, 17 Jun 2008 04:00:00 GMTAmerican Axle continues to have a presence in the Buffalo area following the recent ratification of a new contract by the company's workers. But listener-commentator Anthony Ogorek says the loss of the Tonawanda forge plant as part of the agreement is yet another example of the changing face of manufacturing.
Tue, 03 Jun 2008 04:00:00 GMTAs you listen to the pleasant sound of that songbird outside your window this morning, listener-commentator Christopher Hollister says your choice of coffee may have an impact on that bird's ultimate survival.
Tue, 13 May 2008 04:00:00 GMTSpring is a time for renewal and optimism. Listener-Commentator Bernadette Ruof says she won't let the troubles we face this spring deter her spirit of renewal.
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 04:00:00 GMTHello. It's time again to honor the political hypocrites in our midst with this year's George Orwell Awards, inspired by Animal Farm and 1984. Even as we speak the golden piglets wallow in the mud in the ceremonial pig pen, just waiting to sully the hands of the eminently deserving.
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 04:00:00 GMTTuesday is the presidential primary in Pennsylvania. The outcome may be very important to the Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. But listener-commentator Paul Wieland says he's opting out of the presidential campaign and the war in Iraq.
Tue, 15 Apr 2008 04:00:00 GMTAnyone who has ever accidentally inhaled a bit of water at the beach or in the backyard swimming pool knows that waterboarding is torture. I find it stunning that anyone could think otherwise.
Tue, 08 Apr 2008 04:00:00 GMTIt's always nice to be vindicated, something that Listener-Commentator Christina Abt she experienced years after she criticized an American corporate icon.
Tue, 01 Apr 2008 04:00:00 GMTThroughout this presidential campaign, political pundits have proclaimed that the working class supports Hillary Rodham Clinton or that young, college educated people are backing Barack Obama. But listener-commentator Carole McNall cautions against making such broad generalizations.
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 04:00:00 GMTThis week marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. Listener-Commentator Paul Reitan has offered a number of commentaries on the war since it began. Today, he expresses his concern about the use of private contractors in Iraq and just who they're accountable to.
Tue, 04 Mar 2008 05:00:00 GMTPresidential primaries are being held Tuesday in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont. There's been a lot of talk in recent days about the words of the candidates and the speeches they deliver. Listener-Commentator Bruce Fisher looks back at some masterful orators.
Tue, 26 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMTA new federal courthouse is being built in downtown Buffalo. Some are saying it should be named after such Buffalo area war heroes as "Wild Bill" Donovan or Matt Urban. But listener-commentator Steve Banko suggests naming the courthouse after someone who was devoted to peace.
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMTMany of us have that special teacher we remember from our youth. Listener-Commentator Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said her sixth-grade teacher continues to influence her life in many ways.
Mon, 04 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMTIt's Super Tuesday. Primaries are being held in two dozen states, including New York. But listener-commentator Gary Earl Ross says there has to be a better way to elect our presidents.
Tue, 15 Jan 2008 05:00:00 GMTAs the U-S population ages, the number of people we encounter who are suffering from Alzheimer's Disease increases. Listener-Commentator Lisa Forrest, a college librarian, shares the story of her recent encounter with a woman who wanted help for her "memory test."
Tue, 08 Jan 2008 05:00:00 GMTThe new year is already a week old. And for many of you, your New Year's resolutions have already been broken. For those of you still holding on to them, listener-commentator Tony Billoni has some advice.
Wed, 02 Jan 2008 05:00:00 GMTWednesday is the first day on the job for new Erie County Executive Chris Collins. Listener-Commentator Anthony Ogorek assesses Collins' recent election and his prospects for turning around county government.
Thu, 27 Dec 2007 05:00:00 GMTIt's been many years since Listener-Commentator Cheryl Fisher was in Law School. She recently returned to speak to students in her role as president of the Bar Association of Erie County -- an experience that she says reminded her about what the law is all about.