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President must also focus on developing small businessAs I ponder on President Obama’s upcoming visit to Buffalo, I hope he will focus on both education and small business development. Western New York has an esteemed and long legacy of success in technological advancements and patents discovered through the efforts of small businesses. The likes of Western New York pionee…

Experts must investigate fatalities at intersectionIn the past two months, two women have been hit and killed by cars while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard where it tees with Willow Ridge Road. The women were reportedly crossing in the predawn hours and dressed in dark clothing. While these conditions make crossing dangerous, anyone who has ever tried to cross the bouleva…

Obama should speak on Buffalo’s East SidePresident Obama’s Buffalo talk this week on the critical importance of higher education comes at the right time. Our country’s future is at stake. How will we prepare our kids to be tomorrow’s doctors, scientists, engineers, teachers and military leaders?But why the University at Buffalo? He’ll be addressing an audience of scholars …

Stop punishing customers who try to conserve waterI’m a Town of Evans resident and the Erie County Water Authority just took over our water and billing because our past board neglected it and got $16 million in the hole.My first water bill came and the cost doubled. The Water Authority has a minimum charge of 9,000 gallons. It is ripping off its customers by forcing us to …

Hunger is sad reality for too many childrenHunger Solutions New York encourages the Buffalo School District to retain its Breakfast in the Classroom program. Buffalo schools are home to the largest number of students in the state outside of New York City. Buffalo’s effective Breakfast in the Classroom program sets a statewide example for other districts looking to increase…

Liberals, conservatives need to work togetherLiberals hurl invectives at tea party types. We call them “racists,” we call them “ignorant.” Dutifully, they reciprocate. They call us “communists,” they call us traitors of America’s ideas.While the proletariat is engaged in this type of useless infighting, the very, very rich – those who control the means of production as wel…

Erie County Fair was a tremendous successThis year’s Erie County Fair was a testimonial to the incredible planning done by the fair’s organizers. With so many attractions offered, it was obvious that the main objective was for everybody to truly enjoy themselves.The flower arrangements along the thoroughfare added a classy touch, and the restrooms in the Expo building were…

Congress has not earned the right to take vacationThis Congress, especially the House, is a total disgrace. So far in 2013, 22 bills have passed, only five of which were substantive. The rest are naming bridges and post offices.Members had filibustered the very idea of taking a vote on a piece of legislation more than 400 times. They have refused to act on infrastructure u…

Disruptive students should be relocatedI think everyone would agree it is not the teachers or principal of any school that makes it fail. It’s the disruptive students in those schools whose only goal in life is to take up space and keep a desk seat warm when they decide to show up for class.The solution is to not allow the transfer of the students who want to listen, study…

Plan to transfer students doesn’t inspire confidenceI am confused about the Buffalo School District’s plan to transfer students from poorly performing schools to better schools. One part of the plan states that they will be “opening two new schools over the next three years with programs designed to assure student success.”I am confused, because if the district knows how t…

Manufacturing job loss can be traced to ClintonThere were very enlightening letters concerning the loss of many manufacturing jobs. Former President Bill Clinton signed both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the China Fair Trade Agreement which, according to authoritative sources, was the reason many United States companies moved manufacturing plants to Mexico, C…

There are creative ways to get kids to clean upAnyone who has taught elementary school knows that students love to have special assignments with a title. Each week, the teacher can name two students (even kindergarten) “inspector.” That is, if this isn’t against their contract.Every student should be responsible for cleaning up his or her own area and putting the garbage i…

Comptroller audit shows lack of selfless officialsIn response to the Aug. 9 News article regarding Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s criticism of the New York Power Authority’s gross expenditures of taxpayer’s money, are we ever going to return to the days of elected and/or appointed public officials being concerned about the people whom they are expected to represent, rather …

Fully funding Roswell Park should be a high priorityIt’s amazing how Governor Cuomo, our state representatives, the county executive and our county legislators practically trip over each other to try and take credit for giving $100 million to a multimillionaire to keep his business in Western New York for an uncertain length of time – Ralph Wilson and the Buffalo Bills. Ye…

Dipson offers comfort from a local businessAn Aug. 15 News article referenced an area “national chain” movie theatre with a few fancy new seats, 100 types of drinks, gourmet snacks and wanting to “revolutionize the way people watch movies in Buffalo.”For more than 75 years, locally owned and operated Dipson Theaters has employed thousands of our area residents, bought thei…