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Tea party leading us down the wrong pathA recent letter erroneously showered liberal government with responsibility for all of the country’s ills. It would be futile to respond to each charge. Suffice it to say that the old adage “none so blind as those who refuse to see” applies.Our esteemed congressmen and women are taking off five weeks while their desks in Washington a…

Obsession with testing is doing great damageOn June 8, thousands of teachers, administrators, parents and students gathered in Albany to protest the egregious misuse of standardized testing in New York State. If this is understood to be saying no to any testing whatsoever, then the observer has seriously missed the point. In an Aug. 11 Viewpoints piece in The News, Norman …

Quality arts education pays off in the long runA round of applause to Mayor Byron W. Brown for finding a creative way to restore funding for Buffalo’s instrumental music programs, (“City school music programs to be restored – with strings,” Aug. 13 News).Everyone needs to do his part to ensure that our nation’s children have access to a quality arts education. Using resour…

County needs to dedicate funding for infrastructureThe Aug. 13 News article titled “Legislature Republicans urge Poloncarz to release funds to fix roads” has important implications for the 9th Legislative District, which includes Hamburg, Lackawanna and parts of South Buffalo. Unfortunately, the Republican caucus proposal to deplete the transfer tax surplus fund would do l…

EPA must guard citizens from dangers of frackingIn June, it was reported that the Environmental Protection Agency was abandoning its study in Pavillion, Wyo., of drinking water pollution caused by fracking, despite finding benzene, a known carcinogen, at 50 times the level considered safe.We now know that this abdication of responsibility by the EPA was merely part of a gr…

Republican roadblocks are not helping countryLet us not forget how much we appreciate the good work our Republicans are doing in the House of Representatives to move toward a balanced budget.Here are just some of their efforts: Stripping the “unneeded” food stamp program from the farm bill. Definancing Obamacare. People should buy their own medical insurance. Reducing Medi…

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…