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It is not too late to save beautiful St. Ann ChurchFor a century, there was growth, prosperity and prominence. In 1958, urban centers lost status to nearby suburbs. St. Ann Church, a center of education and faith practice, was not spared. In 2006, the founding Jesuits no longer staffed it, the wonderful Sisters of Saint Francis moved on and Mass attendance counted 20. Ther…

We must act again to protect Lake ErieA Sept. 15 front-page News article reported that Lake Erie has a growing “dead zone.” Four decades ago, Erie County led the United States in cleanup and reduction of the fertilization of lakes and waterways. A small group of women succeeded in persuading Erie County legislators to take a bold stand and ban phosphates in laundry deterge…

Sixth-graders do not belong in middle schoolAfter years of fiscal mismanagement, last spring West Seneca’s Board of Education came up with a quick-fix plan to save money by sending 10- and 11-year-old sixth-graders to middle school. The plan was hastily thrown together in a few months’ time without much thought and little concern about the children involved. Right now the …

Collins made right call on Syrian interventionRep. Chris Collins made the right call on Syria when he announced that if Congress votes on authorizing military action, he would vote no. Equal to his decision is how he went about making it. Instead of some knee-jerk reaction, Collins took a measured approach. In addition to traveling back to Washington to attend intelligence…

Why are IDAs granted such enormous powers?“Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul.” This old adage attributed to John Wycliffe criticizes the practice of tackling old problems by creating new ones. Granting tax exemptions to companies for projects – in the hope that the business will create new sources of tax revenue – qualifies as a practice Wycliffe would reject.Across Erie County …

Background check useless if gun buyer isn’t on the listThe Adam Zyglis editorial cartoon blaming the National Rifle Association’s supposed burying of gun background check legislation for the Navy Yard shooting deaths ignores the fact that the shooter heeded Joe Biden’s suggestion to buy a shotgun and, in doing so from a licensed dealer, underwent a federal background check…

America must take a stand against chemical weaponsA recent letter writer said that the United States cannot and should not be the Supreme Court for the world and he went on to say he was against any military actions in Syria. I agree, but I think we should champion liberty and justice and show a willingness to defend the basic human rights of others in the face of tyranny …

Let’s work to restore vibrant middle classTwo articles that recently appeared in The News, dealing with increasing income gaps as well as gaps in jobless rates, are very disturbing. Ninety-five percent of the income gains reported since 2009 have gone to the top 1 percent, an alarming statistic. At the same time, the earnings of the remaining 99 percent have increased only…

State tests will create a new set of problemsA major disruption is being caused by the State Education Department led by Commissioner John King Jr. New state tests with strict regulations were forced upon school districts. The results from the tests have identified thousands of children for required remedial service, vast numbers that could not have been anticipated.In som…

There’s plenty to do and see in the FallsI would like to comment on the Sept. 13 News article which stated that few people stay in Niagara Falls after visiting the area. Those interviewed said, “there was nothing to do, so they went to the Canadian side.” Nothing to do? Niagara Falls has the Aquarium, which is filled with tourists every weekend from all over the country. S…

Tests being promoted are counterproductiveI recently visited a friend who is beginning another cycle of training for Montessori teachers in Western New York. Her name is Eileen Buermann and she has been at this endeavor for 35 years. Most of the Buffalo Bennett Park Montessori Public School early childhood teachers have been trained through Eileen’s program, as well as man…

Obama should return his Nobel Peace PrizeSyria is a stressful situation. It has put pressure on many people throughout the world. Here at home, that pressure has turned President Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize awardee, into a military hawk. Had it not been for the bungling Secretary of State John Kerry and the enterprising Russian President Vladimir Putin, Obama was prepared t…

Buffalo should replace Skyway with a tunnelIn 1980, at the then Hilton Hotel, Clement Chen was honored by his colleagues in the architectural industry as architect of the year, at the hotel he had designed and built near Buffalo’s waterfront. At his presentation, he outlined his vision for Buffalo’s future.One thing he stressed was that building the Skyway at the eastern e…

King is not qualified for top education postHow is State Education Commissioner John King Jr. qualified to improve public education in Buffalo? He is not a certified teacher in New York State. He has only one year of public school teaching experience. He is a founder of charter schools in Massachusetts. His children go to a private school that does not promote Common Core …

Once-beautiful Amherst destroyed by developmentOnce upon a time, Thruway exit 50 terminated at Main Street. From that juncture to Sheridan Drive was a territory that included a quarry, a pond and wilderness. The neighborhood boys would roam the expanse, exploring caves, playing games of chase, catching reptiles and lolling about on the tops of the trees.The Lord Amherst wa…