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Frontier interim chief should cut his own salaryIn the July 26 News, I read that the Frontier School District has hired an interim superintendent – retired Lackawanna School Superintendent Paul G. Hashem.It’s no news that our school systems are lacking in funds to maintain sports and music programs.In addition, teachers are being let go and class sizes are increasing. Howe…

I never envisioned this amid fight for freedomRecently, while waiting in line at a drugstore, I noticed a heavy-set guy in front of me with his pants so low that his entire underwear was displayed.His language was about as gross as his appearance. After he was done, he turned around (noticing that I was wearing a U.S. Marine Corps cap) grabbed his crotch and smiled. What I…

Replace Dunkirk plant with renewable energyThe July 18 News editorial favors the switch from coal to natural gas (methane) at the Dunkirk power plant. Methane would be cleaner because less sulfur dioxide and “other pollutants” are produced during its combustion.While burning cleaner than coal, methane has huge problems. Cornell’s Tony Ingraffea and colleagues point out tha…

Weinstein has achieved big initiatives for AmherstNote is made of the Buffalo News editorial board’s enthusiasm for Ulster County Executive Mike Hein’s initiatives. Yet right here in Erie County, Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein has been successfully reorganizing Amherst government for four years.Under his leadership, Amherst has implemented several innovative soluti…

Do not choose Robertson for upstate New YorkHaving read The News article regarding the campaign for Congress in the 23rd District, I thought I would weigh in on the topic. As a Tompkins County resident who has lived in Martha Robertson’s county legislative district for many years (she’s my neighbor), I thought I could shed some light for your readers who may not be as fami…

Esmonde is being unfair to Buffalo Mayor BrownThe column by Donn Esmonde criticizing Mayor Byron W. Brown was quite nasty and insulting. It was completely unfair.Buffalo is part of and not a ward of the state. Aid and subsidies from the state are common everywhere from cities, schools, public transportation, just to name a few. Brown is not responsible for everything. The …

African-Americans can stop their own self-profilingIn light of the verdict handed down by the black-free jury in the George Zimmerman case, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. has wisely advised us African-Americans to awaken from our slumber. I agree. Perhaps the first question we can ask ourselves is whether we contribute to our own racial profiling. After all, imag…

The truth was spoken about homosexualityThe July 16 letter writer, “Truth is, homosexuality is far from a disorder,” apparently has a problem not only with the Catholic Church’s position on homosexual activity but the church in general. The truth the lady from Wheatfield speaks of has been tested and retested for over two millennia. The truth the July 16 writer speaks of h…

It is time to clean the air in every part of our livesIt has been 10 short years since New York State adopted the Clean Indoor Air Act. Restaurants no longer ask, “Smoking or non-smoking?” A generation of young people has never experienced smoking in restaurants or bars. Young professionals don’t know what it is like work alongside someone who smokes. We are so accustomed …

Fracking study proves nothing substantialI am writing about the Associated Press article “DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn’t taint water.” No, it didn’t say fracking is safe, because what the study looked for wasn’t toxic chemicals, but “markers” added to the fracking liquid injected down a Pennsylvania well. When these markers didn’t appear at higher levels, it was assu…

Similar incident sheds light on role reversal outcomeA recent letter to this page questioned whether the verdict would have been different had Trayvon Martin killed George Zimmerman. One only has to look as far as Greece, N.Y., in 2009 when neighborhood watchman Roderick Scott shot and killed unarmed teenager Christopher Cervini, whom he believed was engaged in criminal ac…

Cutting the music program devalues our rich cultureAs program chair of the Wednesday Morning Musicale, which consists of some of the best performing female musicians in Buffalo, I want to voice my strong disapproval of the plans of the Buffalo school administration to drastically curtail the music program in city schools.It is apparent that this plan will gut our city of m…

President’s message lacked real substanceI have watched the president’s recent comments relating to the George Zimmerman trial several times. While he feebly attempts to put a positive spin on it, he appears to avoid venturing into certain areas. He implicitly blames everyone for the incident AND at the same time he omits several possibilities.He points the finger at the f…

Possessing a gun is not the answer to all problemsI recently saw “The Wizard of Oz” in Toronto. What would I request of the wizard? I have a heart and a brain, although both have been known to malfunction. I lack nerve, but I don’t need to dredge it out of my hidden reserve, as did Baum’s Lion.It’s clear to me that George Zimmerman lacked all three: heart, brain and nerve.…