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Bob Confer
Works at Confer Plastics, Inc.
Attended SUNY Brockport
Lives in Gasport, NY 14067, United States
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This week's nature column for East Niagara Post​ expounds upon a recent notice from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation​ about the caution that should be exercised around coyotes and the habits in which they live. In the column I share some anecdotes about my experiences with the animals which are more accurately known as coywolves 
Last week, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued guidance on preventing conflicts with coyotes. I thought it was a highly unusual move because they hadn't done that before. It could be chalked up to a few things such as the increased population of coyotes in suburban ...
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In the past few years you've heard many politicians and others in the public eye push the issue of "equal pay for equal work" citing the statistic that women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. In this week's opinion column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers I debunk that myth 
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This week's column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers looks at the latest batch of insanity to come out of Albany. Last week, the New York Legislature approved Governor Andrew Cuomo​'s Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program which will see taxpayers footing the bill for college graduates' loans for their first 2 years out of college.
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This week's column for the Lockport Union-Sun​ offers my thoughts about the Export-Import Bank and why the federal government should let it expire this year. The Ex-Im Bank is something that most taxpayers know nothing about. But, they are on the hook for it...and shouldn't be.
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This week's column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers looks at the importance that water has meant and will mean to the WNY economy: 
If any one thing could account for the past successes of the Western New York economy, it’s water.
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This week's opinion column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers looks at the dangers of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $10.50 minimum wage. I use Confer Plastics as an example of a company that pays more than the minimum wage yet will be adversely affected by his plans.
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A week from today, I will be the guest speaker at the Lockport Rotary Club's weekly luncheon. I will be speaking about the high cost of doing business in New York State (and comparing it to those same cost factors in everyone's households) while offering my thoughts on how to improve the Empire State's economy.
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In certain parts of the country migrating snow geese are abundant, even too abundant. But, they have always been a uncommon visitor to Niagara County. That is, until now. This week's nature column for East Niagara Post​ discusses what's behind the increase in numbers
It has always been the case that migrating snow geese were an uncommon if not rare sight in Eastern Niagara County. You would have to put a lot of miles on your car in an effort to see just a few of these snow white birds mixed in with flocks of the Canada goose.
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This week's nature column for East Niagara Post looks at the biology and medicinal history of coltsfoot, the first flower of spring on the Niagara Frontier.
It has everyone pining for spring – even if it's just some of Mother Nature's signs of spring. Once the snow melts away again and you are out on one of your weekend hikes, keep your eye open for one of those signs – the coltsfoot. It's Eastern Niagara County's first flower of spring.
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International funding for the war on malaria is a $1.5 billion industry. But it's a waste of money -- and, more importantly, human lives. A half-million African children are put to death every year because the perfect weapon to combat malaria -- DDT -- is not being used as it should. This week's column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers...
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A few weeks back in my nature column for East Niagara Post​ I took apart the myth that robins are a sign of spring. So, what do I consider a sign of spring? How about the seemingly-dangerous mating ritual of the horned lark. It's the topic of this week's nature column
A few weeks back this column dismantled the widely-held belief that robins are a sign of spring, exposing it for what it is – a myth. Those red-breasted birds are with us all winter, just in lesser numbers and hidden from view for most of us. That left some people wondering just what do I ...
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Last year the NY DEC angered A LOT of people when they announced their plans to control the state's mute swan population by killing all of the birds. The ensuing public comment forced the DEC's hands in modifying those plans, plans that I discuss in this week's nature column for East Niagara Post​
Last year there was a lot of buzz in Niagara County amongst animal lovers who were incensed over plans by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to wipe out the state's entire population of mute swans.
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    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 170 great people and we make a wide variety of products ranging from consumer goods to industrial products to national defense items. Kayaks, mannequins, sleds, and swimming pool ladders are just a few of the things we make.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/

In July of 2014 I began writing a weekly nature & science column for East Niagara Post. Called "Exploring the Niagara Frontier", it focuses on the plants, animals, geological features and nature trails in eastern Niagara County. The Post's website is: http://www.eastniagarapost.com/

When I'm not working or analyzing the world in which we live my interests include: spending time with the family, fishing, hunting, camping, observing wildlife, ham/CB radio, and attending Brockport college hockey games.

I also volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. I am the President of the Iroquois Trail Council which serves 2,000+ youth in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Orleans and Eastern Niagara Counties.

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  • SUNY Brockport
    Business, 1993 - 1996
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