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THOMAS NOT TO BLAME

Recently, one of the local radio stations' (WUFO) sports talk host suggested that Dave Thomas, director of athletics for the Buffalo Public School system, should resign because of recent articles showing the deplorable conditions of our schools' athletic facilities. First, let me say to this person, let's not forget your days at Bennett High School and the conditions of the athletic facilities in the early 1980s. Secondly, get a grip and come to the realization that when our local schools were built some 50-70 years ago, they were built in neighborhoods, not large patches of underdeveloped land areas.

The conditions that presently exist cannot and should not be blamed on Mr. Thomas or the present Board of Education. These conditions are old news to anyone who is a product of the Buffalo School System.

Mr. Thomas has done a good job with what he has to work with. Three years ago, Mr. Thomas and myself started a Junior Varsity Basketball League for the city at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo. This league continues to flourish under the guidance of Jeff Leibner and the Buffalo Police Athletic League. Mr. Thomas continues to look for ways of increasing the numbers of students who participate in athletics by working with community agencies and others who are interested in finding a solution, not those who just want to complain.

Finally, a possible solution to some of the current problems would be to use the newer facilities as an option until something can be done. Again, by working with some of the community-based organizations that have relationships with the newer buildings, we can use those facilities especially for basketball and soccer for sectional play in particular.

Again, don't blame Thomas, help him find a solution.
TONY D. WILLIAMS
Buffalo

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