Letters to the Editor - The Buffalo News

Share this article

Letters to the Editor

print logo

Cuomo’s financial board will hurt municipalitiesThe governor’s plan to construct a Financial Restructuring Board (while apparently retaining majority control of appointments to that board) after the state has crippled necessary local funding in its Aid and Incentive for Municipalities (AIM) Program shall have very dire consequences upon municipalities in Western New Yo…

State doesn’t need another farm lawFarming in New York is under attack once again by people who have never set foot on a farm, but think they know best how a farm should operate.The Assembly, led by New York City lawmakers, passed the unnecessary Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act. There is already a long list of state and federal protections that oversee everything f…

Church will never become irrelevantA recent letter writer contends that the Catholic Church has changed frequently over the ages and if it doesn’t continue to change now, especially regarding contraception, it will soon become irrelevant. I offer a few points in reply.Many of her points are either sweeping generalizations or bring up issues that require a nuanced, length…

Saving music program should be high priorityI was shocked to read on the front page of The News that city school music is being cut drastically. I recently turned 75. I grew up in a middle-class family in the city and went to School 68 and Kensington High School. I learned to play the flute starting in fourth grade and played in the band, orchestra and marching band at Ken…

Kaleida Health erred on Corasanti decisionI find it absolutely reprehensible that Kaleida Health has reviewed Dr. James Corasanti’s application for clinical privileges and has decided to approve him, despite not directly hiring him at any of its facilities.Although I am not a maven of medical law and procedure, the use of the phrase: “applied for clinical privileges,…

No need to modernize the teachings of ChristA letter writer criticized Bishop Richard Malone’s letter to all parishioners in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. It is so frequently stated that we, as Catholics, should move into the 21st century. It is always implied that everything that was believed from the time of Jesus Christ should be modernized.I find it so true that w…

Scaffold Law helps keep workers safeWorkers should never be asked to put their lives on the line on the job without the right tools and safety equipment. Incredibly, it happens in the construction industry every day.I was working in Tonawanda putting up scaffolding for a construction job. A steel plank from the dismantled scaffolding fell 30 feet, hit me in the head and ne…

Law would protect workers from abuseIn some of my volunteer work, I have been drawn to the issue of farm workers and their struggles for economic justice in New York State. Through some of these workers, I have heard their stories of abuse at their work site. I have also heard that some farmers in New York State are very sympathetic to farm workers and their quest for bett…

Scaffold Law protects construction workersI used to be a cement worker in Buffalo. That is, until the day I was in an elevator shaft in the Hollings Press Building when a plank fell down the shaft and broke my neck. There was no safety equipment in place to protect me.I’ll never be able to walk again, but because of the Scaffold Law, I’m not a burden to taxpayers or ch…

Six-month school year makes no sense at allThe June 15 letter, “Teaching profession must change with times,” suggests that we “establish a 12-month school year. Half the students January through June and the other half July through December.” Does the writer realize that he just decreased the teaching time by 40 percent? What about knowledge lost while not attendin…

New York can’t afford costly retiree benefitsSome years ago, my husband and I both retired, I as a part-time school office employee and my husband as a full-time worker for a well-respected local manufacturer. I recently discovered my part-time retirement benefits from the state retirement system now surpass my husband’s full-time benefits because of “cost of living…

Buffalo General failed its psychiatric patientsOn June 6, Buffalo General Hospital disproved its interest in being a “Center for Excellence.” Contrary to a commitment to Erie County Medical Center and therefore to the mental health needs of our community, the emergency psychiatric services and psychiatric units were systematically closed for admissions, and on June 14,…

We must strengthen SNAP, not decimate itThis week, Feeding America published data regarding food insecurity in the United States from 2011. Here in Erie County, 11.9 percent of our population is considered food insecure. However, the percentage balloons to 18.2 percent when you just consider children. In actual numbers that means one in five kids are at risk. These kids an…

Music and arts help improve test scoresI read with some dismay The News report of the gutting of music programs in Buffalo Public Schools. This really hit home on June 15 as I and several hundred other people were inspired by the festival of chorale music at St. Joseph’s Cathedral downtown. The festival brought together four of the area’s strongest musical choirs and o…

New York must lift ban on liquefied natural gasThe Assembly needs to pass A4202 soon to bring New York up to speed with the rest of the country. This bill would lift the outdated ban on liquefied natural gas, allowing LNG fleets to operate and refuel in New York as well as equipment manufacturers and fueling station builders to do business here in our state.Last March, the…