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Paladino’s clarion call is entirely appropriateGary Earl Ross, professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center, in opining that our school problems are community problems, listed individual entities that would not by themselves be able to correct the situation. The first such entity on his list was “bombastic board member Carl Paladino.…

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The critical parts of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, are rolling out and, as its namesake president noted on Tuesday, the law is here to stay. Whatever its defects – and there are plenty – New Yorkers should not hesitate to put it to work.The 2010 law has been in play almost since it was passed. Several provisions are already in effect, including one allowi…

Teacher deserves praise for an outstanding jobThe Sept. 22 News story about the Houghton Academy Math team winning the Buffalo City Schools Middle School Math League trophy was an outstanding piece of journalism. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of everyone in this area.I am bothered, however, by the fact that I seem to be the only person motivated to write a l…

City Honors coach taught life lessonsI’m writing in support of Deborah Matos after hearing about her suspension. I played under Coach at City Honors between 1999 and 2002, volleyball and softball, and I feel incensed and offended and want to voice my experiences with Coach in the time that I have known her.I was not an athlete when I met Coach. I tried out for softball a…

The reconfigured Buffalo Board of Education, with Carl Paladino’s election to the Park District, strikes a personal chord with me. Whether that chord is sweet music or a sour note I continue to evaluate 30 years after my attempt to get elected to that seat.In 1983, I was a civil servant working for the Department of Human Resources for the City of Buffalo. In the autumn …

By David BlankenhornShould we change our State Constitution so that politicians can spread commercial casinos across New York? The answer is “No,” and here are the top five reasons why. • Casinos produce nothing of value. Car companies make cars. Doughnut shops make doughnuts. The only thing that happens in a casino is that people lose their money. As former govern…

Protect those who help at scene of emergencyImagine a New Yorker rushing into an emergency. Sadly, this is something too many of us can relate to – courageous souls using their skills to save and protect lives. Now imagine these individuals being sued for the help – forced to spend money and time being questioned and harangued for wanting to help their community. This …

Bravo to Bills, BPO for huddling togetherProfessional football and symphonic music may, at first, seem diametrically opposed, but they worked together in harmony on Sunday, when our Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Buffalo Bills and their fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium.The growing partnership between our gladiators and our music…

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So, they did it. Unable or unwilling to control the tea party zealots who have taken over the Republican Party, House Speaker John Boehner allowed his chamber to shut down the federal government over the issue of the Affordable Care Act. It was an appalling decision that flashes the party’s unfitness to govern a large and diverse nation.Make no mistake: This was the faul…

Inept Congress owes taxpayers a refundI was saddened by the recent report in The News about the Republicans’ newest attempt to cut costs on the backs of the lower class. Some of the tea party Republicans want to save federal money by cutting nearly 4 million people from food stamps. What is striking is how often the solutions to our fiscal crises fall on the backs of the…

Speak up if you see distracted drivingTwo days ago, I was in the passenger seat of my friend’s vehicle. We were driving from class to go eat lunch, when I noticed he was texting on his phone. Not wanting to make the situation uncomfortable, I didn’t say anything, but I wish I had because he was quickly forced to come to a screeching halt behind a stopped school bus.Luc…

‘Lucy’ production was done very wellColin Dabkowski’s review of “I Love Lucy Live on Stage” in the Sept. 22 News was, at best, a joke. He states that it has “very little to offer beyond a sort of colorized photocopy of the original.” He comments upon “the production’s threadbare conceit” and the “bizarre and unsettling series of product advertisements…

By Nate ShinagawaShaun McCutcheon, a plaintiff in an upcoming Supreme Court case that could have big implications for our political system, asked earlier this year: “Why am I not free to spend money however I want?”It’s an important question, and as an elected official who has worked many years to fight the influx of wealthy special interest money into our democracy,…

Time to crack down on inattentive driversAs a motorcyclist for the last 45 years, and a motorcycle safety instructor for nine of those years, I was very interested in the Sept. 24 lead article on motorcycle fatalities. Unfortunately, it contains a few misconceptions.I do not condone speeding or riding without a license. However, speeding or riding unlicensed on the part of…

Let’s not be fooled by Iranian presidentThe Obama administration is falling all over itself regarding discussions with the newly elected president of Iran. Before anyone takes a meeting, perhaps someone should ask Hassan Rouhani: Do you repudiate the statements of your predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that the Holocaust never happened?Martin E. MutkaWilliamsville