Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
CLASS OF 2013 - We wish you all the best as you enter into a new phase of life. Some of you may be leaving the area in pursuit of higher learning. We hope that when you finish your college education you would consider returning to your hometown. This region needs educated people. Reverse the 'brain drain' and come back. There's a lot of potential. Come back and make a difference.
STRAW VOTE - We were pleasantly surprised to see not only that the straw vote to merge the Westfield and Brocton school districts had passed, but also the margin that it had passed by. In Brocton the margin of voters supporting the proposal was nearly 86 percent, while in Westfield it was 75 percent. Change can be difficult, but in the end it will make us stronger.
BUILDING PERSPECTIVE - Speaking of change, many people in the Cassadaga area are saddened by the closure of the elementary school. But like school nurse Barb Crowell said, "We have to keep in mind that this is just a building. It's the spirit within that made it so special and we will definitely be taking that spirit with us." Well stated.
HIDING THE NUMBERS - Once again, we are taking issue with the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York for not making public the cuts they are making. Last month, LERHSNY laid off a number of people from Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving. Now, the company is laying off people at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. Who are they laying off - nurses, doctors, custodians, receptionists? We don't know because they won't say. People's imaginations are far more wild than reality. If you must make cuts, be up front with the public. You want us to trust you with our health, then be honest with us about what is happening behind closed doors.