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Create more equitable neighborhood schoolsThere is a much more sensible and common-sense approach to fixing the failing high schools in the City of Buffalo. What the state is forcing the city to do is wrong and will lead to additional failures.The city needs to do away with the honors schools such as City Honors and DaVinci. Instead, re-establish the neighborhood high scho…

Stop sending bad signals to Buffalo schoolchildrenPerhaps if we are so concerned about improving the performance of Buffalo schoolchildren we could start with improving morale. It must be difficult to hear your schools continuously being referred to as “The Failing System.” We are not providing our children with the most basic tool to succeed, a feeling of pride and self e…

Schools should teach students table mannersThe Buffalo school system could learn a lesson from the Catholic Schools. Our school lunch time has evolved into a life lesson. Students learn to sit and talk quietly, bring a nutritious snack and pick up after themselves. This includes disinfecting their eating area and making sure the table is clean when they are finished. From …

By William J. Morgan Jr.The Erie County jail system should not be in the business of rehabilitation. Jail is not meant to provide long-term incarceration (e.g., years) and certainly not a rehabilitative paradigm.There are people in the community who are outraged that the jail does not provide the programing that other jail systems provide. Let us review the evidence.The ha…

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Anyone who hoped for a flowering of democracy in Egypt saw those fantasies exploded in a violent government crackdown that killed more than 600 people this week and injured thousands more.The military that overthrew elected President Mohammed Morsi last month moved brutally this week against encampments of his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood. That violence quickly spr…

Festival is no place to take the family dogMy husband and I decided to attend what turned out to be a wonderful day at one of our local summer festivals, the Lewiston Art Festival.We strolled amongst the many vendors’ displays and, after some time, tended to notice some attendees there with their dogs, some large, some small. At one point we witnessed a large bulldog-type …

God Squad has it wrong when it comes to JewsAs the rabbi of a Messianic Synagogue in the Buffalo area I must take serious issue with the many falsehoods and misleading conclusions presented in a recent answer appearing in “God Squad.”While the answer may fit the traditional template of both Jews and Christians, this template is foundationally flawed. Rabbi Marc Gellman, w…

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It was the scandal – well, brouhaha – that didn’t have to happen. The local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind has held its annual hot dog sale for 10 years at either the old Walmart on Niagara Falls Boulevard or the new one on Sheridan Drive. It’s important to the group, accounting for well over half of its annual $2,500 budget.But the store has an agreement …

The mornings in my house have almost always started with voices on the radio. Information about weather, traffic and upcoming local events is colored by the familiar intonation of radio friends. Their voices are so familiar I feel I know them. When a change happens, it is more than a superficial one – instead, the rhythm of my morning has been redefined.When a friend was d…

Turn the music down at wedding receptionsFor years, deejay music at weddings has been intolerably loud. The cocktail hour and dinner are fine, but then the volume keeps getting cranked up and up. Even at the farthest table, you have to shout to converse or else not talk at all. Ear plugs are a must.Dancing is important to the celebration, and loud music adds to the experie…

By Steven CruzRoughly 2.5 million undocumented young people live in the United States, and every year approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools. Many were brought to the United States as young children, unaware they were breaking the law. Yet without changes to our immigration policies, their futures appear bleak.Without legal status, these grad…

Drivers could use a lesson on how to handle roundaboutsI found it interesting that we apparently do not know how to handle roundabouts. Living near the traffic circles in Amherst/Cheektowaga, it is simple to come to that conclusion, and, unfortunately, recent accidents confirm this.I learned to drive in Europe, where roundabouts are a way of life from the large traffic cir…

At a recent Bisons game, a helicopter kept circling the stadium. Initially we didn’t think much of it. A few innings later something resembling a child’s remote control toy began hovering around our section. It flew like a dragonfly or hummingbird, but looked like the plastic rings from two-thirds of a six-pack with some kind of lens mounted dead center above its black pla…

Use volunteers, BOCES to lift graduation ratesAll the recent opinions and articles about the Buffalo city schools have led me to a couple of conclusions. Regarding the breakfast program, it would benefit everyone if parents and other adult volunteers would assist with this program. It would get parents involved in their child’s classroom and may increase parent participati…