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Committee, city working together to get trail builtWe are writing in response to the June 24 letter with respect to the Rails to Trails project. The Rails to Trails Committee under University Heights Collaborative (UHC) is working with the city to ensure existing federal funds earmarked for the project are utilized. This requires approval of a preliminary plan, in addition…

Agencies give refugees chance to rebuild livesAfter living for seven years in Malaysia and a refugee camp in Thailand, I resettled in the United States on my 26th birthday. I don’t have to live a fearful life anymore. I’m so very grateful that the resettlement agency in Buffalo helped me find jobs, furnish my first apartment to become self-sufficient, master the public tra…

Indifference to life is morally repulsiveI couldn’t agree more with Leonard Pitts, who stated that there are certain “old and bloodstained” words that should never be changed from their original meaning to distort the truth of what they originally meant. Especially when they affect the life of an innocent child.If “Redskins” is a curse word then “abortion,” used in any way…

U.S. needs to enforce immigration policiesOur politicians are telling us our immigration system is broken and we need to grant more advantages to those who violated our borders and laws. The current plan is to create a military surge at the Mexican border while sending the welcome wagon to illegal aliens who are already here. This sounds like former President Ronald Reagan…

Volunteers can help city students succeedRecently, The News ran two articles – one about the abysmal Buffalo schools graduation rate, and another about how much boomer retirees are invested in our community. Although these are very disparate subjects, there is common ground. The graduation rate in Buffalo Public Schools represents an urgent community problem. Boomer retire…

Residents chose to live near Lancaster AirportSo, the Lancaster Airport expansion irks some residents in the area. The airport was there long before they made the decision to buy or build a home in that part of town. It amazes me when people make stupid choices and then blame others if they perceive a problem.Didn’t they check out the area for noise levels from industries,…

There is no logical way to rationalize abortionOn June 17, our family welcomed our new grandson Nathan. Nathan means “a gift from God.” As I held him for the first time and was in awe of his sleeping eyes, tiny nose, mouth and perfect little ears, he pushed his brand new feet out of the bunting. I stared at them and wondered where he would walk the earth to make a differen…

Corasanti shouldn’t be granted privilegesI couldn’t agree more with a recent letter writer. It was a sad day for health consumers in Western New York to learn that Kaleida Heath has granted privileges to Dr. James G. Corasanti, a man who, in my opinion, is totally lacking in moral compass and conscience. I sincerely hope the Catholic Health System will not extend privilege…

Doctor should lose his medical licenseI absolutely concur with the gentleman from Lancaster who wrote the letter, “Kaleida Health erred on Corasanti decision.” How inappropriate that Kaleida gave privileges to Dr. James G. Corasanti. Not everyone who requests medical privileges is approved. Why doesn’t he just buy a building and set up shop?I can’t believe that people are …

Music instruction should be restoredThe Buffalo Public School District is continuing on its long path of decline. Low graduation rates coupled with the latest cuts in music education are indicative of systemic failure.Test scores, we are told, are everything, and preparation for tests must take precedence over “frills” like music. A study published in 2007 at the Universit…

Additional data is needed to assess schools’ successThis is again the time of year when my mind returns to some of the research I did during a 43-year career in education: 10 years as an industrial arts teacher in the Maryvale schools and 40 years at Rutgers University and the University at Buffalo.The recent News article about high school graduation rates prompted this le…

Schools must find way to keep music playingSince the children of Buffalo stood on the steps of City Hall pleading for their instrumental instruction and bands to be restored, good news was received about the $15 million coming to the city from the settlement on casino revenues. Some of this money could be shared with the school system in a designated way. Paying down old d…

Equality agenda’s failure is not Republicans’ faultI must take issue with the June 26 editorial on the State Legislature’s efforts to pass a women’s equality agenda for New York. The News’ attempt to lay blame at the feet of Senate Republicans is completely off the mark. In fact, it was the Senate Republicans who worked in good faith to negotiate an agreement on nine of th…

Do a little research before buying ticketsThe recent letters regarding the offensiveness of “The Book of Mormon” prompt me to ask the writers: Do you not know what you are buying before you pay for it?A quick Google search of the show would have told them that the writers’ claim to fame is “South Park,” a Comedy Central series that, when it first aired in 1997, my preteen …

Cuomo following through on his promises to WNYI was surprised to see the headline “Cuomo had a tough legislative session” appearing, of all places, in a paper here in Buffalo. The News seems to have missed the point that this governor, for the first time in the 30-plus years I have lived here, has made upstate and Buffalo his never-ending priority.This legislative session …