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Elementary education should revise its goalsI have just finished reading yet another article concerning the new Common Core curriculum. Once again the stated goal appears.What is this goal that is causing so many problems for all involved? The goal is to better prepare students for college and careers. This sounds reasonable enough. However, people seem to be forgetting th…

We need new approach to education in BuffaloWhile reading the continuing saga of the former Holy Angels School, purchased by Carl Paladino’s corporation, I found it brilliant that the McGuire Group now has a vested interest. With that in mind, I have a great idea. Why don’t Paladino and James Dentinger, president of McGuire Development, start their own school? Both of them…

Obama has only himself to blame for current messThis is a response to the letter, “Time to oust extremists and find middle ground,” in the Dec. 4 edition of The News. The writer says we need “moderates” in Washington, D.C., and specifically blames Republicans for trying to tarnish the reputation of our current president – as if he needs any help in doing that himself.With …

Gingerbread house is rooted in religionRecently a writer lamented that the Postal Service issued a nonreligious stamp along with stamps honoring Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Perhaps the Postal Service has unknowingly issued a stamp with deep, but unrecognizable religious symbolism.Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The word Bethlehem means “house of bread.” In the eighth century, Chris…

Cost of Hoskins trial hurting SPCA’s missionThe outcome of the Beth Lynne Hoskins trial has led me to speak out for the SPCA Serving Erie County. The SPCA has spent a huge amount of money in this animal cruelty trial. Even after being convicted of 52 counts of animal cruelty, Hoskins is suing the SPCA, so there are more costs to come. The organization deserves our help.The…

Merchants must keep their sidewalks clearAdvice to Elmwood Avenue merchants: If you want us to shop locally owned establishments, keep the sidewalks free of snow and ice.Nov. 30 was Small Business Saturday, but the Elmwood Strip didn’t seem prepared for the many shoppers who visited. It was very treacherous trying to walk the icy sidewalks connecting the businesses. Buffal…

GOP’s hatred of Obama is blocking all progressWe constantly hear how bad our economy is and, as usual, the blame falls on President Obama and his administration. Let’s go back to when Obama took office. We were coming off the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression. Instead of the Republicans stepping up to win some confidence from their staunch supporters, the…

What’s Will trying to prove with attacks on president?I read virtually all of George Will’s columns. That modest exercise requires one to keep a dictionary readily accessible because Will prides himself on being a word-monger. It appears that he must prove just how intelligent he is by using words such as “swivet” or “supine.”The main thrust of a recent column, not surpris…

Entitlement programs keep people in povertyPredictably, Rod Watson in his recent column opines on the “Christian hypocrisy” of the Paul Ryan budget cuts to food stamps. All of Watson’s usual partisan arguments are parroted. Unfortunately he need not search as far afield as Washington, D.C., to find examples of Christian hypocrisy. He can find it right here at home in the f…

Amherst oversight absent on Sacred Heart parkingOn Nov. 26, the Amherst Planning Board held a special meeting regarding the absence of any parking for the double gym complex being built behind Sacred Heart Academy on Main Street. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the incomplete details of the proposed new parking plan, 15 requests for a postponement by Amherst residents …

Former district attorneys did not decline prosecutionI was the district attorney of Erie County from Jan. 1, 1974, through Dec. 31, 1981. My experience includes service as an FBI agent, and a practicing attorney for more than 42 years. I remember well the Patti Rodriguez murder case of April 13, 1979, which occurred in Holy Cross Cemetery. I tramped and played hockey in th…

Restaurateur’s lack of compassion is sadI was appalled at the insensitive behavior of Schwabl’s owner Gene Staychock after the recent accident that damaged his restaurant. Instead of being concerned about the condition of the injured driver who was hospitalized, all he seemed to worry about was the almighty dollar. Staychock is an embarrassment, and his lack of compassion …

Special interests seem to have too much powerOn Nov. 28, “NBC Nightly News” ran a story about the oil boom: how it was bringing prosperity, providing energy independence and lowering the cost of gasoline. The story was immediately followed by a commercial for Exxon Mobil touting how the oil and gas industries are enriching our lives. It was obvious that we watched two comm…

Construct bike path to connect beachesAs a resident of Hamburg, I notice that we are separated from the great bike trails of the outer harbor and the Buffalo waterfront by a short section of Route 5 through Lackawanna.As the former Bethlehem Steel site gets developed, it seems a no-brainer that a bike path needs to be included to connect Gallagher Beach to Woodlawn Beach. …

Ramirez is clueless about ThanksgivingI was quite disappointed at the editorial cartoon choice made by the editors on Thanksgiving Day, a day given to reflecting on the many blessings of life we celebrate in our country. Instead, I find a cartoon by Michael Ramirez that mocks the sense of blessings in order to carry forth another attack that he and his colleagues continue …