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Fairness for farmworkers has been long overdueIt is time for all New Yorkers to think about the food they eat and the nutritional produce that they and their families too often take for granted. The farmworkers who tend and harvest these crops have long suffered and toiled without fundamental protections, protections that most of us take for granted. Their plight is so ba…

President Obama is taking a prudent step in deciding to send military support to Syrian rebels after a two-month investigation produced near certainty that the regime of President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in its fight for survival. Nevertheless, no one should doubt the significant risks to the Middle East and potentially the United States as this country lend…

By Gary A. OlsonThere are a number of reasons to support Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s recently announced “Tax-Free New York” program as a catalyst to stimulate the connection between public and private institutions of higher education and new jobs and businesses in New York.The governor’s bold measure to grant tax relief to startups, and to outside businesses that partne…

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…

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 show…

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 commend…

Dad and I were involved in an event that made both of us nervous. I was in the front seat of our car having my first driving lesson. (We didn’t have driver education back then). There’s a list of procedures, I suppose, that involves adjusting the rearview mirror, adjusting the seat for comfort and fastening the seatbelt. (We didn’t have those either). But none of tho…

State money is misspent on Buffalo Public SchoolsThe continued failure of the Buffalo Public Schools to turn out educated and functional youth is an ongoing problem, compounded by often disruptive home lives, fathers missing from the home, inadequate nutrition and mothers living in poverty. This feeds the depressing statistic showing that half of our publicly educated stud…

And, once again, the students in Buffalo take it on the chin. The city’s schoolchildren continue to be denied the educations they deserve and to which they are legally entitled.Bad becomes worse as the district makes deep cuts to its music program which, for many students, doesn’t lag far behind reading, writing and arithmetic in its role in producing well-rounded stud…

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 is…

“Do you have a green chair? I’m seeing a green chair, a light green chair.” I told the psychic that I did not have a green chair, nor could I remember anyone who did.That evening I decided to look through old photo albums. In the last picture I had taken of my dad, on Christmas Eve 1972, he was sitting in a light green chair. He had a sheepish smile on his face, as i…

By Robin SchimmingerThe purpose of a bridge is to bring two sides together, but Wednesday’s vote by the State Senate and Assembly for legislation to dissolve the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority will have the reverse effect.Unfortunately, my Assembly colleagues voted 92 to 49 in favor of advancing ill-conceived legislation that will likely dissolve the PBA a…

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 pu…