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A friend of mine found a discarded bench from a state park in the town junkyard. The wooden slats were broken, but the metal sides were still strong and sturdy. It had the park emblem on it.Bob asked a worker if he could have it. The worker replied, “I don’t see why not, but let me ask approval first. I don’t want to get in trouble.”Little did they know that it would take …

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Buffalo Public Schools has a leadership problem. It’s just a matter of how to fix it, and when, for the sake of 34,000 students.State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. has not hesitated to express his disdain, often in a deft manner, of both the central office and the fractured School Board. He did it again on a visit to Amherst, where the school district is showing …

By Sarah StefanskiHistory tends to repeat itself, and it was the U.S. self-selected role of military enforcer for the international community that led us into the Iraq War. Perhaps if President Obama examined the decisions made by his predecessor, it would be clear that the United States should not be so eager to play that role again. As Obama campaigns for the United Stat…

City should take steps to protect pedestriansWith the development of the lovely Science Building at Canisius College, there is a pressing need to slow down aggressive drivers as they enter Jefferson Avenue at Main Street. Although there is a light, drivers entering Jefferson often ignore the 30-mph speed limit in favor of much higher rates of speed, endangering students an…

Officials pick and choose when to hear constituentsInteresting? As reported at this time, most members of Congress oppose military action in Syria because it is the will of the people in their districts. But although the vast majority wanted restrictions on gun ownership, that could be ignored. Interesting?Sandra W. MyersWilliamsville

President’s stance is a bit hypocriticalEveryone agrees with President Obama’s stance on the atrocity of using chemical weapons against innocent infants in Syria.However, I find his stand hypocritical regarding the killing of infants by chemical means in Syria, while at the same time promoting the killing of innocent children in the womb by means of abortion.Are they both …

Many still mourning the loss of Holy AngelsThe News’ recent publication of the picture of students celebrating the beginning of Mount St. Mary’s 87th academic year brought back fond memories for me as a proud 1954 graduate of Holy Angels Academy. It also prompted renewed sadness at its unexpected and abrupt permanent closing after its recent much-heralded expansion. It is …

Sadly there has been a tremendous resurgence in heroin use over the last few years, causing younger and younger people to end up in the obituaries. Where high school parties in my day were beer binges and pot fests, today it is kids sniffing and shooting dope as their statement of rebellion.For most people, once they discover heroin, they forget everything else. I will dis…

U.S. military should not surround ChinaIn response to the article in The News on Aug. 21 regarding the U.S. plan to build air bases and military ports to encircle China, isn’t this an act of war?Why would we want to encircle China? What if another nation started encircling the United States? Wouldn’t we be concerned and act to protect ourselves? Does this have anything to …

Why can’t drivers be considerate of cyclists?I am writing about the alarming number of motorcycle and bicycle accidents. I am a 71-year-old bike rider. I have cycled 62,000 miles since 2000. From what I have personally seen, it appears to me that a person driving a car or truck is mentally focused to look for other cars and trucks and nothing else.I have had hundreds of cl…

Voter turnout in the City of Buffalo for Tuesday’s primary was dismal. Residents have to do better.As News political reporter Robert J. McCarthy wrote, only 14,000 Democrats voted the other day. In a city of about 261,000 residents, that number is embarrassing and just plain pathetic.Less than 6 percent of the city’s population gave Mayor Byron W. Brown a landslide into hi…

Country should return to community policingKudos to The News for Matt Spina’s excellent series of articles on emotionally disturbed persons. The fields of mental health and law enforcement have both been through historic transformations that are especially evident in society’s treatment of the mentally ill. Both have been invigorated by advances in science and technology. …

By Larry BrooksTo fret over a church’s demolition is to lose sight of what’s important. Letter writers – many of whom are Catholic – complaining about the possible demolition of St. Ann Church reveal a misplaced concern about both the religion and the organized church. Worrying about a church building’s demolition is worrying about the effect, not the cause; about the symp…