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FISHER OWES APOLOGY OVER ELECTION REMARKS

Reading The Buffalo News, I was both shocked and angered at the remarks made by Judith Fisher concerning Victor Turchiarelli's recent School Board victory.

If I may offer to quote the article: "I don't think he once mentioned the word children, and I'm concerned about whether he knows how to spell the word."

Callous remarks like hers ring true to reflect the lofty station she believes she holds in life. But let me assure her that her words also ring with crystal clarity to the ears of all Italian-Americans. Italian-Americans who not only can spell and read, but who can vote, as well illustrated in the May 2 election.

To echo Mr. Turchiarelli's campaign statements, he is concerned about the children attending the Buffalo Public Schools. His two children attend the Buffalo Public Schools, unlike Mrs. Fisher's, who attend a private school.

I hope that Mrs. Fisher's remarks are not indicative of her feelings for the children of all the blue-collar families in Buffalo.

I believe an apology is in order to Mr. Turchiarelli, the Italian-American community and the voters of Buffalo who cast a ballot for her.

JOHN C. FIORELLA
Former Member,
Buffalo Board of Education
Buffalo

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