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2018-07-11 / Editorial

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ALAN RIZZO
Ken-Ton Editor

MORAL SUPPORT — Last Monday, when I came home after finishing my first paper, I was unexpectedly welcomed with applause and congratulations by my fiancee’s uncles and significant others.

In town for a visit, they all knew it was my first week as an editor and wanted to celebrate a job well done, or perhaps, simply a job completed.

Most of them had only just met me a few days before.

Those who know me understand that I don’t accept praise well. It always makes me uncomfortable, which probably has more than a little bit to do with a desire not to be the center of attention. But encouragement is always good medicine for the psyche, motivation to keep pushing to do your best. I will do that, thanks in large part to my unexpected welcoming party, whom I thank wholeheartedly here.

Of course, I also want to thank my fiancee, whom I love with all my heart, and her mother, who is a constant source of encouragement, for their support as well.

Along with that thanks, I want to ask that those reading this take the time to encourage loved ones, friends, co-workers, students — anyone — when they are in a position to do so. You never know how much your applause or words of support will mean to that person. You could be the only one encouraging them. Strive to be that person. • SHED THE MEDS — Residents will be able to safely and securely dispose of unused and unnecessary prescription medications this weekend at a free “Shed the Meds” event sponsored by Sen. Chris Jacobs. The drug drop-off will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, at Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

The senator said the event is focused on fighting the heroin epidemic by helping residents get rid of prescription painkillers, which nearly half of young people who inject heroin say they abused before becoming heroin users.

by DAVID F. SHERMAN
Managing Editor

• SIGN THE PETITION — Efforts are under way to fight an economic move that could threaten the viability of community newspapers. A single paper supplier, Norpac, is trying to manipulate the trade laws and convince the government to assess tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, which includes newsprint. Publishers and printers will not be able to absorb these tariffs and will be forced to cut costs that will ultimately result in fewer American jobs.

To register your vote in favor of reversing these tariffs, visit www.stopnewsprinttariffs.org, and please view the associated ad on page 18.

NEWS TIPS — If you have news about upcoming events or new businesses in the Ken-Ton area, or know of community leaders who could be profiled, please call me at 204-4920 or email arizzo@beenews.com.

LETTERS — The Bee would like to remind our readers that letters to the editor are always welcome.

To submit one on the topic of your choice, send it via email to arizzo@beenews.com or by mail to Ken-Ton Bee, 5564 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221-5410.

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