In his State of the Union address Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson noted a national poverty rate of 19 percent and declared a War on Poverty. Nationally, that declaration led to the Economic Opportunity Act and other legislation aimed at boosting people out of poverty. Locally, it led to the creation of what 50 years later is going strong as Community Action of Orleans and Genesee.
The state Legislature should move ahead with a constitutional amendment that would deny public pensions to officials convicted of crimes which betray the public trust. Support should be bipartisan and timely.
When Larry Barnes was interviewed two years ago for a Daily News “Q & A” feature, he said one of the things that surprised him in his job as Batavia city historian was the absence of systematic publications about city history.
The general idea of offering incentives to turn abandoned houses into lived-in homes has a great deal of merit. Nevertheless, City Council was right to wait for the details before voting on such a proposal — so long as Council does get back to the issue soon.
The proposed law that would regulate animal shelters in Wyoming County is an excellent idea worthy of support.
Imagine the day when New Yorkers will be surprised — shocked, even — to hear that a member of the state Legislature has been linked to yet another scandal.
As New York State changes the way it thinks about and funds services for people with disabilities, agencies such as The Arc have to find ways to provide services with less money. Genesee County ARC and The Arc of Orleans County have found a way to do that together: The two agencies will share a director.
Our brief respite from the presidential election horse race has ended.
Despite the news flashes about extraordinarily bad and extraordinarily successful people, there is a vast majority of ordinary people who quietly go about doing the right thing every day. It is good, then, to see some of these good people get recognition: Congratulations go to Ray and Patty Chaya, the couple selected for the city of Batavia’s Homeowner of the Year Award.
Amidst the controversy and confusion of state English language arts and math tests being given this year, one thing is clear: The validity of test results is open to question and shouldn’t be used in teacher evaluation or funding decisions.
This is National Volunteer Week, an appropriate time to salute those who give so generously of their time and talent with no expectation of reward. But where do we begin?
The switchover of domestic violence services from the county to a private organization appears to be going well in Wyoming County. The retirement of the county staff person who had handled such cases led to the county contracting with RESTORE, which was already providing sexual assault services in the county.
The new owners of P.W. Minor are bringing it all back home with a little help from Albany. And what they are bringing is not only the manufacture of shoes the company had previously outsourced to China, but also about 100 jobs for Batavia, N.Y.
Advocates for veterans are urging state officials to approve the use of medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder.
City residents are getting another opportunity to help build Batavia’s future by participating in a “walkability audit,” a walking tour of the city to look at how best to encourage pedestrian traffic.
Most parents realize their children will likely consume alcohol from time to time, to say the least, once they go away to college.