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Bob Confer
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It's not right for a just society, let alone one that invests millions to reform its people, to ignore those who are reformed under our penal and legal system once they are released from incarceration or probation. As I write in this week's column, give them a chance. They want to succeed and do well.
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This weekend the Iroquois Trail Council will have 72 scouts and a dozen leaders and committeemen conducting special service projects for our Day of Service which will help our National Jamboree attendees get to know one another and do a good turn (which is what scouting is all about). Our focus is on public areas that get people into the outdoors. 36 boys will be cleaning/repairing trails, repairing boardwalks, and more at the Bergen Swamps. 27 boys will be cleaning/repairing trails and cleaning up roads and parking areas throughout the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge. Another patrol of scouts will be staining the pavilions and railings at Glenwood Lake in Medina. That's huge impact! I'm proud of the kids!
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Monday, May 6th is a day to celebrate in New York...it's Tax Freedom Day: You can finally start working for YOUR needs, wants and expenses (at least for the rest of this year).
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This week's column concludes my series on why trade school/BOCES should be considered a great option for preparing teens and young adults for the job market.
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I have many questions regarding Obamacare. For example, how can an employer, with privacy laws in effect, request an employee's family income so that the employer can assess the 9.5% cost factor (as a part of family income)? I've tried to find answers, but my question(s) won't be so easily answered. Health and Human Services has multiple, easy ways to contact them if you get public healthcare; but HHS offers limited ways (and a painful, limited phone system with ill-prepared personnel) if you are an employer or employee who provide and/or buy insurance (go figure). So, what is someone to do? 2014 not so far away and employers and employees need to plan NOW!
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This week's column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers looks at the link between mass honey bee deaths and an insecticide introduced in the 1990s, a relationship that the federal government has been slow to react to
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The coverage of the Boston Marathon explosion and the days that followed gave numerous media outlets numerous black eyes. It should have been a wake-up call to the press to tread lightly and report with dignity and care and not be in a race to be first or worst. So, why, just days after after all of that, would WIVB TV 4 show unsettling video footage of a plane crash to a region where many of its residents are still grieving over Flight 3407? WGRZ Channel 2 at least showed some class by airing just a video still with the plane still in the air. The "warning" that Channel 4's Don Postles gave about the video doesn't cut it -- WIVB should not have shown it at all!
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Part One of my two-part series for the Greater Niagara Newspapers posing the idea that youth should attend BOCES or a trade school instead of college.
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  • Confer Plastics, Inc.
    Vice-President, 1993 - present
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I’m the VP of the family business, Confer Plastics, Inc. which has two facilities located in North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls, New York. The company has been in operation since 1973. I work with 150 great people and we make a wide variety of products ranging from consumer goods to industrial products to national defense items. All of our products are proudly made in the USA and are sold all over the world. For complete information about the company visit http://www.conferplastics.com/

Since July of 2005 I have written a weekly opinion column for the four newspapers that make up the Greater Niagara Newspapers in Niagara & Orleans counties in Western New York. These columns look at issues in government and economics (local, state, national, and international) with a common sense approach, focusing on small government and personal & economic liberty (and responsibility!). You can read all of my columns online at my website, http://BobConfer.net/

In a similar vein, since July of 2009 I have written the occasional column for the online and print versions of the New American which is the official magazine of the John Birch Society. These columns, national and international in scale, follow the same approach I take with my newspaper columns and fit nicely with the Society's mission of "Less Government, More Responsibility, and — With God's Help — a Better World." You can read these columns at my website or at http://thenewamerican.com/


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  • SUNY Brockport
    Business, 1993 - 1996
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