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Don’t allow neighbors to block needed hotelOnce again, progress is being halted in deference to a small, vocal group of homeowners who are opposed to the building of a new hotel in their Snyder neighborhood. This seems pretty much like a no-brainer. A new building development in an economically depressed and population-shrinking geographic region seems like a step in the r…

Bishops reinterpret the pope’s messageThe Catholic Church finally has a pope who has taken a step toward expressing the true Christian belief of acceptance and respect for all regardless of their sex or sexual orientation. Meanwhile, his cardinals and bishops are tripping over each other to get to a microphone to explain that’s not what he really meant and that the old dog…

Has Will volunteered to reduce his salary?To what depths of hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty has George Will fallen? In a recent column, he blames Detroit’s union workers for the financial hard times the city is experiencing, comparing them to parasites and concluding that they are, in fact, worse than parasites.I assume Will makes considerably more in compensation th…

Breakfast in Classroom is an essential programAs president of the New York School Nutrition Association, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a school nutrition director in the Rochester area and a mother of two, I am disappointed to see that the Buffalo Public School District is considering discontinuing its successful Breakfast in the Classroom.I urg…

My parents had an in-ground swimming pool installed in 1965, shortly after our move to the brick house where my brothers and I would spend the remainder of our childhoods, and where my parents still live.They had only one car to share in those days, and my dad would take three buses to get to the library where he did research for his books, but an in-ground pool became a n…

Republicans should be ashamed of themselvesI see today the Republican majority is now proposing a $40 billion cut to the food stamp program, along with the intention of gutting Medicare and raising the interest rate for student loans. Someone seems to have lost his way here.While we give grants to foreign students for college, welfare, food stamps and paid education for il…

By Kathleen T. GrimmIt often takes a robust research study to define what seems intuitive. The medical journal the Lancet recently published a report that found dementia rates had plummeted over the past two decades in England and Wales.This news was welcomed by researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Aging and others as a critical examination of the assumption that …

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Poor statewide results showing low levels of elementary student proficiency in English and math should be viewed as a window into what students have truly learned. Or, in this case, have not learned.Many students are not hitting their educational target, and that is unacceptable and dangerous for society. Aging baby boomers should be the most concerned about poor test resu…

Crisis Services remains community’s safety netIn a series of articles, The News recently brought to light the current crisis in the mental health system in Western New York and its impact on those suffering with mental illnesses. The articles gave an accurate depiction of a system under significant stress, primarily due to the loss of Buffalo General Medical Center’s 47-be…

I wish you could see the photograph I have before me. Peering into the camera is a slightly chubby third-grader with merry eyes. Snapped at Bennett Park Montessori, the little guy is holding a shiny dark cello, his fingers curled on the fingerboard outfitted with colorful dots to help him find the right notes.Fast forward a few years to a second photograph displaying the s…

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Two problems that have recently made the news in the Buffalo Public Schools actually have one key component in common. They demand cooperation between district officials and the union.So, what else is new? Only the issue of the day. This time, it is how to move more than 2,200 students to schools in good standing and how to administer a classroom breakfast program to a lar…

Nice to see gay people being treated equallyImagine my incredulity when I turned to page F6 of my Sunday edition of The Buffalo News. Rather than the typical article about some fresh-faced, usually attractive, and invariably wealthy man and woman who would “honeymoon in Aruba and make their home in Williamsville,” the main article on the Spotlight weddings page was about a…

By Matthew J. FriedmanThere’s a saying that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. This is especially true of post-traumatic stress disorder.PTSD is in the headlines now more than ever before. However well intended, sometimes news stories paint an incomplete picture of PTSD and even contribute to misunderstanding and stereotypes. This is why it is critically importan…

City isn’t only place with awful potholesAn Aug. 5 letter to the editor complained about poor street conditions in Buffalo and mentioned that this was not so in the suburbs. I’m guessing the writer has not been to Hamburg.I figured those potholes would be filled by now, and the low-lying sewer manholes raised. Those manholes really can give the car a jar.They also work gre…