The breaking news reports on Tuesday were that a car exploded in the vicinity of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. I had two initial reactions, both of which turned out to be false, but I was smart enough not to share them because I wanted more information. Often, especially when dealing with breaking news, the smartest replies are “I don’t know” and “Insufficient data”.
“I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ babies.” That is one of the most memorable lines in the 1939 film classic Gone with the Wind. It also reasonably accurately sums up my knowledge and that of most men of mine, and several other, generations. That said, I have learned a lot since the Supreme Court overturned Roe.
Nature or nurture? It’s one of those questions we raise again and again in many discussions. Today I just want to talk about racism and travel back to a few places not that many years ago.
The word is that you can never go home again. I was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in an adjacent suburb. I have no desire to return to Western New York (other than perhaps a visit – it’s a great place to eat). Having lived there for the first 47 years of my life it will always be a part of me. If I notice someone is from there I tend to pay just a little bit more attention especially if we share an alma mater. That can be both good and bad. New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg is a fellow Western New York native and SUNY-Buffalo alum. I follow her work and suggest you do also. Michael Caputo was born in Buffalo, off and on lived in Western New York and attended SUNY-Buffalo. The three of us are certainly not alike. Let’s explore. Continue reading Hometown Connection
Today’s article is going to be another of those multiple topics covered in brief comments ones. I’ll never get to it all so let’s explore. Continue reading A Few Things