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Eliminating literacy test for teachers is a mistakeRegarding the New York State Regents eliminating a requirement that aspiring teachers must pass a literacy test, it is very disheartening to see that even at the Regents level, teacher welfare and political correctness have higher priority than kids learning. To whom are they being “fair”?Illiterate teachers! If a bach…

Why don’t the Democrats practice what they preach?Some random thoughts on the idea that the political climate in this country is getting scarier by the day.The Democratic Party likes to represent itself as the party of diversity and tolerance. Yet we see recently that when a college or university invites a conservative speaker to the campus, the liberal left-wingers’ p…

Ride-hailing services curb drunken drivingI have sent letters to Assembly Transportation Committee members. As I understand it, they are the reason for the ride-hailing issue not getting out of committee to a full vote. I’m very disappointed that I have yet to receive a response from anyone, save for auto replies.Ride-hailing is something I feel very passionate about. Pa…

Writer misrepresents New York Health ActThe News recently printed an Another Voice column by a BlueCross BlueShield executive who grossly mischaracterized the New York Health Act, a bill to provide universal health care for New Yorkers. This bill has passed the Assembly twice in past years, is currently sponsored by Western New York delegates in both legislative houses and…

Hostel should not be closed, forced to moveI was very troubled to read the article about Hostel Buffalo-Niagara and the possibility of it having to move and/or be shut down. Whatever happened to us being called the City of Good Neighbors? Maybe we should be called the City of Profiteers instead.When will we be able to make decisions for the good of our community and for th…

Today’s young people need to toughen upIn the not too distant past, when I heard people say things like “what kind of country are we leaving to our children and grandchildren,” I considered it hyperbole. I have come to the realization that I was wrong. The country’s future is not rosy. In fact, the evidence is incontrovertible. The millennials and whatever the newe…

Restorative justice should be our goalKalief Browder’s story is resurfacing as his documentary, “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” has begun airing on TV. It chronicles Browder’s life, from his arrest at 16, for alleged backpack theft, until his suicide at 22. Browder’s story is compelling, not only for his inhumane treatment at Rikers Island and its lasting effec…

Trump willingly embraces Orwell’s totalitarian visionStill yet again the White House has disavowed a nonpartisan report by the Congressional Budget Office because it is at odds with its alt-truth regarding the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.There is now a clear and dangerous pattern emerging reminiscent of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “1984,”…

Thorny issues surround debate over health careWith the debate going on over health care, I ponder these questions:If people need lifesaving surgery or other medical care in order to survive, and they cannot afford it, should they be allowed to obtain the care from a veterinarian? Would a civilized county allow this?If the government requires doctors, hospitals and other he…

Snowplow drivers did an excellent jobKudos to all of the snowplow drivers in our area for yet again another wonderful job of clearing the Thruway and the streets of Western New York during the recent snowfall.They work very hard to take care of our roads, to keep us safe and moving, so let’s be respectful and pay attention to the rules of the road.Susan CoughlinWest Seneca

Bias against Muslims has become acceptableAlthough most people know what it means to be a bigot, many Buffalonians struggle with the idea that hating Muslims is prejudicial at all. Today in America, being called a racist is detrimental. Even those who admit to themselves that they are racists tend to hide the fact from others. However, when it comes to discussing Muslims, …

Stop stoking hysteria over a winter snowfallIt is refreshing to see a public official, namely Hamburg Town Highway Superintendent Tom Best, place the blame for the area’s newfound hysteria over a predicted few inches of snow where it belongs – on the media.The problem with the local broadcast media is that their evening newscasts run from one and a half to two and a ha…

Photos of immigrants in News were amazingThe News photos of immigrant women on the front page of your March 14 issue were awe-inspiring. Such gorgeous smiles, such optimism, such boundless work ethic!I so wish our country more broadly appreciated the incredible sacrifices and patriotism and contributions that immigrants – of all faiths, from all countries – bring to ou…

Train station of past should be our futureAs a former board member of the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. for 10 years, of course I believe in the future of Central Terminal and the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. To me, there is only one option for a new train station in Buffalo – the old station. The reasons the Central Terminal was built where it was are as valid t…