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Clarence tax base plays a large roleIn reading the articles and letters in regard to the recent Clarence school budget vote, there has been no mention of the Clarence tax base. The cost of schools is only one side of the equation. The other side is how that cost is divided between the properties in the school district. For many years the citizens in the Clarence School Dis…

Church should join the 21st centuryIf Bishop Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo wishes to politicize and strong-arm the laity from the pulpit of Catholic churches, then let the church relinquish its tax-exempt status.This past Sunday’s edict from the bishop, read from the pulpit to parishioners, urged political action against Governor Cuomo’s rights for women bill. At issue …

Not everyone in Clarence is a wealthy residentI am tired of reading about the “McMansions” in Clarence full of wealthy people willing to pay any amount proposed to fund our “great schools.” An overwhelming majority of Clarence voters resoundingly said “no” to this concept. Most residents do not own luxury homes or earn hundreds of thousands of dollars. Clarence covers larg…

Letter writer should show students respectIn a recent letter, a Clarence woman criticized the ethics and respect of Clarence students. I taught at Clarence High School for 39 years and worked with thousands of students in the classroom and on many out-of-school activities. These great “kids” didn’t hesitate to give their opinions on important matters, but always showed gre…

Patriot Act is used to infringe on our rightsGovernment snooping on millions of United States citizens by collection of Verizon communications metadata, Associated Press professional/personal phone records and server information from Internet giants like Google is outrageous.While the president speaks soothing words, we sink into repression with government knowing our rela…

Students’ prom will be a night they rememberHats off to the parents who organized the BOCES special education prom. This was a special night for the special education students who may not have had the opportunity somewhere else. That is, to enjoy a prom of their own while interacting with their social skills as other high school students do. The parents should be commended…

Waterfront has become something to be proud ofThis recent Memorial Day, I visited the Buffalo waterfront on Fuhrmann Boulevard. I can’t say enough abaout how impressed I was, and I just had to write and spread the word to Western New Yorkers. I urge them to drive over to see and enjoy what their tax dollars produced – a waterfront to be proud of. It’s awesome.This public w…

Business Council stand contrasts the common goodOn June 2, The News printed an interview with Heather Briccetti of the Business Council of New York and an article describing our state’s lack of support for parents of severely disabled adults. One can actually appreciate how Briccetti’s SUNY education was subsidized by taxpayers and that she was later employed by New York S…

There is a more fair way to finance the governmentThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Internal Revenue Service. Most people probably think it’s existed since the founding of the country. No, this scourge was brought to life with the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913 that enabled collection of a federal income tax (originally only to be collected from mill…

Teaching profession must change with timesNow don’t get me wrong. I truly believe teachers do a marvelous job teaching our children. The only problem is times have changed for everyone and the teaching profession has to change as well.With school budgets run amok and residents trying to make ends meet, the time has arrived to establish a 12-month school year. Half the stud…

Prosecutor did a good job in difficult Hoskins caseAssistant District Attorney Michael Drmacich’s final summation on June 7 in the animal-cruelty case against Beth Lynne Hoskins lasted a little over two hours. Everyone in that East Aurora courtroom was captivated by his definitions and explanations of abuse according to Agriculture and Markets Law. In describing the condit…

Government spying will force less reliance on technologyHomeland Insecurity, what does it mean? Use a little fear mongering, add to that the justification of the guise of national defense. Then use the path of least resistance. That is, to spy on your own citizens. Why? It’s more cost effective than teaching agents foreign languages and the low cost justifies their existen…

Letter writer should know seniors pay tax on pensionsI read the June 2 letter criticizing senior citizens for flocking to expensive patio homes and condominiums so they will pay lower taxes. As an educator, he should realize that most of the seniors pay New York State income tax on their pensions. They also pay for their own health care. If all state government employee…

Do not let drunk drivers get back on the roadFor the life of me I can’t figure out what is so hard about getting drunk drivers off the road. Can anyone tell me how a person can have two, three, four or even five license suspensions if he or she doesn’t have a car to drive? All that needs to be done is when a person gets his first suspension he has to turn in the license pl…

The case of Sarah reveals a broken health systemAlmost daily, the broadcast and print media report stories of tragedy and heartache. Some cases are so deeply disturbing that one is left wondering how or why such situations are possible. We find ourselves wishing that somehow we could alleviate that person’s or family’s suffering, but often we are faced with the realization…