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2017-04-20 / Editorials

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BRYAN JACKSON
Cheektowaga Editor

SMIGUS DYNGUS — I officially checked another box on my Buffalo area to-do list on Monday, as I attended Dyngus Day festivities on the city’s East Side.

As someone who loves food — particularly things like meat in tube form and little pastries filled with delicious bits — Dyngus Day wasn’t a hard sell. That being said, I’ve been in the area for a number of years now, and it took until this year to make it to the celebration.

My wife’s employer takes part in the parade each year, so that made the decision even easier to make 2017 my first Dyngus Day experience.

So, Monday evening, I hopped in the back of a pickup and chucked candy to kids — and kids at heart — in the parade, then made my way to St. Stanislaus for the party.

Needless to say, I’ll be back at Dyngus Day next year, if for nothing else, to practice my polka.

MOTHER’S DAY — Tell your mom why she’s the best with The Bee’s annual Mother’s Day contest.

All children’s submissions will be published in the May 10 and 11 Classified Advertising sections.

Entries must be received by Monday, May 1. One boy’s entry and one girl’s entry will be selected at random, and the winners will receive a floral arrangement from Mischler’s Florist.

Additional information can be found in this week’s Classifieds.

REAL NEWS — For anyone looking to learn more about the fake news phenomenon, veteran journalists Cynthia Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman will take a critical look in a lecture to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter Student Center at Canisius College, 2001 Main St., Buffalo.

Their lecture, “Confused by the News,” will examine the contemporary news scene and help audience members discern truth from untruth, professional from amateur, and the enduring from the ephemeral.

There is no cost to attend.

Skrzycki is a senior lecturer in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was recently selected to receive the 2017 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Skrzycki launched her journalistic career at Canisius College.

Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He came to the paper from The Boston Globe, where he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief. Shribman also served as a national correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the U.S. political scene.

VOICE YOUR OPINION — One way to express your opinion is to write a letter to the editor and email it to bjackson@beenews.com.

The Bee’s policy states that letters to the editor cannot exceed 300 words, must include your name and street address, and no one may have a letter published more than once every four weeks.

To comment anonymously call the Bee Heard line at 632-0390.

Should you have an idea for a story, email or call me directly at 204-4915.

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