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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

Outstanding teachers are those who make students feel smart and loved. Ashli Dreher, a former New York State teacher of the year, fits the bill. And now she is about to receive an even bigger honor: induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, a first for a Buffalo Niagara teacher.

The Lewiston-Porter teacher (she previously taught in Franklinville and Amherst) was called an angel by Jennie Welder, who nominated her for both honors. Lew-Port Superintendent Paul J. Casseri called her a miracle worker.

Welder expressed eternal gratitude for Dreher’s work with her two daughters, Laura and Amy. Both daughters attended Dreher’s special education classes.
Her love for her students and profession shines through. Congratulations.

The National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green University compared 25- to 34-year-olds – baby boomers – in 1980 with the same age group today – millennials. Back in the old days, two-thirds of that age cohort were already married. One in eight had already been down the aisle and back – married and divorced. In 2015, only two in five millennials were married and only 7 percent had been divorced. Twenty-two percent still lived at home, compared with just 9 percent in 1980, according to a Bloomberg News article.

There could be many reasons for the disparity, but maybe millennials are thinking simply: what’s the rush?

It was thoughtful of Buffalo Common Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. to apologize for his Catholic-bashing this week, but what was this man thinking?

Wingo ridiculed the entire faith during a debate over admission policies at City Honors High School. “If parents feel a Catholic education is right for them, by all means go to your Catholic schools and have fun saying your Catholic prayers,” he said, right out loud.

It was offensive and dumb. But Wingo needs to do more than just watch his words. He needs to change his thinking.

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