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Most Western New Yorkers lack the conviction that Kelly Cline showed in celebrating the state’s summer crackdown on distracted driving. Then again, most Western New Yorkers haven’t lost a child to that 21st century scourge of the roadways. Nevertheless, most drivers, we suspect, would echo the West Seneca woman’s reaction to news of the crackdown: “Isn’t is aweso…

Quit bullying Rumore and Buffalo teachersIf The News really wants to see the Buffalo Public School District excel, it needs to start promoting a workable solution to the education crisis in the city. It can start by stopping its and Carl Paladino’s attacks on Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore. Rumore is the elected president of the teachers union and not …

NCCC retirees are extremely fortunateI am writing about the article in the June 30 paper concerning the Niagara County Community College retirees who are dissatisfied because the school refused to pay the entire Medicare Part B amount of $104.90. These poor individuals have to shell out a whopping $8.50 a month themselves!I would give my eye teeth if I had to pay this triv…

It appears millions will lose insuranceHow many times in the last three years have you heard President Obama’s statement that no one will lose his medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act? Now consider what was written in the July 4 News under the heading “Surprise delay in mandate roils health debate.”This article mentions that the law requires companies with…

Silver should pay his own legal billsGov. Andrew Cuomo promises the Moreland Commission will bring charges against whomever has broken the law, but the practical matter and cynical side of me says Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will walk away without facing criminal charges and we the people will have to pick up the legal defense bills for civil suits.Public Officers Law …

The first thing to note about the effort to change foreclosure rules in the City of Buffalo is that those rules are desperately wrong. The notion that families can lose their homes for being delinquent on garbage user fees is something out of Charles Dickens.That’s the rule that Common Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith wants to change. That kind of foreclosure happ…

It’s good to walk with someone who knows how to put one foot in front of the other and move forward. For modern educators, it’s a downright necessity. What with all the theories, strategies, lesson plans, faculty meetings, parent associations and student advocacy groups, one needs to find a companion who knows how to keep his or her feet on the ground.Over the years, I…

Plan will address climate instabilityThe News deserves credit for its attention to climate instability. I do respectfully take issue with some of Douglas Turner’s column of July 1.True, we cannot solve the problem of fossil fuel emissions alone, certainly not without action by China. But China is already acting, and is ahead of us in the development of clean energy. More…

St. Ann’s Church is worth preservingPeople who pray at St. Ann’s are standing on holy ground. Once the neighborhood of candidate for sainthood Father Nelson Baker, St. Ann’s has produced countless priests, sisters, doctors, lawyers, executives and teachers. Former mayors Frank Schwab and Jimmy Griffin frequently attended Mass at St. Ann’s.Priests are ordained to pr…

By Barb DeLongThe Buffalo News recently reported on “A Heartbreaking Housing Crisis” affecting the developmentally disabled population in New York. “Heartbreaking” doesn’t begin to describe the frustrations of the thousands of individuals (and their families) who are desperately waiting for placement in appropriate group homes.The Developmental Disabilities Assoc…

Maybe this will get the FAA moving. If the 50 lives lost in a commuter plane crash in Clarence weren’t enough to light a fire under the Federal Aviation Administration, perhaps the additional two lives lost in Saturday’s crash of a Boeing 777 in San Francisco will jolt it into action, fast-tracking the pilot training rules enacted after the 2009 crash of Flight 3407.Bo…

Ronald Reagan said it best: Trust, but verify. He was referring to the former Soviet Union, but the axiom well applies to the statements of any public bureaucracy, in this case the Buffalo School District and its claims to have saved a million dollars.Superintendent Pamela C. Brown says the administrative changes she has made in the district’s central office have already…

Structure will devalue historic neighborhoodSacred Heart’s plan for a new, low-cost gym is undoing decades of harmony and support from its Eggertsville neighbors. Apparently, the all-girl Catholic school doesn’t enjoy the same financial support received by area Catholic boys schools. The result is plans to erect a cheap, imposing, three-story, barn-like structure that …