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Memories are made of this

   Sometimes, you read or hear something and you have an unexpected and visceral reaction. The planned closing of the post office on Highland Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda was one of those times for me, spurring today's memory-filled column.

   Writing about things like this makes me examine whether I - like many of us - should stop living in the past. We all do it to some extent. I wonder whether those of us who have lived here a long time are more nostalgic than most and whether that's why we resist change and try to preserve things. It's human nature to think the past was much better than the present, particularly when the present can seem so dark and the past seemed so bright.

   The closing of a post office is not the end of the world. Maybe it's just a reminder that time marches on.

  --- Bruce Andriatch


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