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People need to stop ridiculing religionWe have season tickets to Shea’s and this season included the musical, “The Book of Mormon.” My husband and I knew little about it until friends started telling us we may not like it. We read reviews and quickly called Shea’s and explained that as Christians, we would be offended. Shea’s was very gracious and refunded our mo…

Let’s find better ways to raise vital fundingIt’s not that it’s not for a good cause, but isn’t there a healthier way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life? I’m referring to the lawn mower races on Grand Island this past weekend. About $6,000 was raised, which is commendable. But look at the photo on the picture page. At least half of …

Schools must revise grade level conceptAs a retired educator, I appreciate Donn Esmonde’s recent column about the rankings of schools by a local business publication. He is right on the mark on so many levels. I find it interesting that the public seemingly accepts a business report on schools before listening to their districts.Part of the problem is that schools do not…

IRS should apologize to the American publicPrior to the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012 and the midterm congressional elections of 2010, legislators and the media were concerned with the rights of voters, specifically the disenfranchised voter. I believe those elections were a fraud.Congress is investigating the Internal Revenue Service. Certain conservative and re…

Cutting music programs will hurt graduation ratesI am so dismayed at the Buffalo Board of Education’s decision to cut music programs in 14 of 28 schools for next year. Many students do not graduate from high school in the city of Buffalo due to increased rates of absenteeism on a daily basis.Music programs can stimulate a student to attend school and consequently be taug…

Howard is obliged to uphold the lawThis country is based on a social contract between its citizens and their government. Basically, in exchange for physical and legal protections from the government, the citizens agree to give that government their support. If the government fails to live up to its obligations, then the people choose a new one. This was the argument for ou…

Two six-month terms won’t work for studentsThe June 15 letter, “Teaching profession must change with times,” is, indeed, novel. Having two six-month school terms with split student populations would not, in my opinion, have much of a chance of succeeding.What happens to the children who attend school during the January to June term from July to December? Who is going…

Short Skyway commute isn’t worth the high costI couldn’t care less that Hamburg residents want to keep the Skyway so that a minute or two is not added to their commute to Buffalo. Sen. Mark Grisanti shouldn’t care either. Buffalo citizens already gave Hamburg commuters 80 more acres of land for their superhighway Route 5 than would have been required for the boulevar…

News’ stand on Holder is a pleasant surpriseI am glad, no, let’s make that overjoyed, to see The News has declared Eric Holder unfit to hold the office of attorney general. My question is, why did it take so long?I would have thought his refusal in 2009 to prosecute a group charged with intimidating voters in Philadelphia would have been sufficient cause. Or any of the…

Farmworker bill harms local farmsIt was with great frustration that I read The News editorial expressing support for the farm labor bill that could decimate New York agriculture as we know it. The bill would mandate many things, including overtime beyond eight hours and collective bargaining. We are farms, not factories, and are entirely weather dependent. With the rain w…

Women’s bar group seems to show a gender biasMy eyebrows were raised when reviewing the Western New York Chapter of the State Women’s Bar Association’s ratings of candidates for Erie County Family Court. Of four candidates, the two female candidates received highly qualified recommendations while the two male candidates received only qualified recommendations.I can…

Good schools are not always denoted on a listThe lists are out again, the list of the best elementary, middle and high schools in Western New York. The schools, districts and teachers that accomplished the illustrious lofty top 10 ranking celebrate the news. Parents buzz about their school’s place on the list. School administrators wonder how to move up in the ranks, to …

Clarence could use a balanced approachThis solution for the Clarence schools financial problems proposed by Roger Showalter might work if approached slowly. Many years ago, I worked as a music teacher in a private school where 33 out of 22 teachers were replaced in a period of three years. It was disastrous! The children became extremely anxious, asking me each June, “A…

Church doctrine changes along with the timesA recent letter that criticized pro-choice Catholics spoke about Catholic Church doctrine as if it was a static set of absolute rulings that have remained unchanged since the beginning of time. Nothing could be further from the truth!Church doctrine is a continually evolving (some say not fast enough) 2000-year progression of und…