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While visiting my father in Greenwich Village not too long ago, I walked over to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum for a peek at another era in this working-class immigrant neighborhood between the Williamsburg Bridge and the restaurants of Little Italy. During an informative guided tour, I was immersed in the lives of two recently arrived immigrant families who once liv…

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On a recent night, Loretta Jones slept five hours before thoughts of Hawk Creek Wildlife Center accelerated her mind to the point that sleep became impossible. And so she stands before the bathroom window in the gray predawn light, with a forgotten mug of tea in her hands, her mind already down the long driveway with the animals.The renaissance festival this weekend and ne…

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Although her husband generated most of the headlines during the first family’s trip to Africa, Michelle Obama recently generated some of her own. On July 2, she joined her predecessor, Laura Bush, at a Summit for African First Ladies, hosted by the George W. Bush Foundation. Obama’s remarks there stirred some controversy when she likened life in the first lady fishbowl to …

Money wasted in court could have gone to horsesThe old Chinese proverb that a “picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t be more appropriate and compelling than seeing the photographs of Aurora resident Beth Hoskins’ emaciated Morgan horses.One of the pictures shows an underweight animal with bald patches on its hindquarters and belly, skin lesions, its sides and legs cr…

Fight against corruption needs to start with SilverWhat’s wrong with this picture?A nun is sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years of probation, 100 hours of community service and must pay back the full amount of the stolen money – $128,000.Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took $103,000 of taxpayer money to pay off women whom a legislator harassed, and nothing is done abou…

Schools should revive vocational trainingI could not agree more with the three points made in a July 4 letter about the need for vocational training.When I attended junior high school in the early ’50s this was the way things were done. Memories fade, but at some point, I believe in grade eight, your parents sat down with your counselor and discussed your future. Is he col…

Democracy is impossible when religion is involvedHere we go again – another “revolution” in Egypt. When are people, all people, going to realize that a theocracy is not a democracy?One needs no further clues to know that a political party called the Muslim Brotherhood is going to favor Muslims. Religion does not lend itself to rational debate, based on common sense, but is…

Install life rings at swimming holesIt is irresponsible of the government not to have life rings at known swimming holes. Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield questioned the feasibility of installing life-saving devices over 15 miles of waterfront. There is no need to do all 15 miles, just the most popular swimming holes.How much money was spent on trees, pathways, …

By Colleen Mattimore, M.D.I recently returned from the American Academy of Pediatrics vaccine summit for chapter members in New York. The exciting developments that my colleagues and I learned about were in stark contrast to disturbing attitudes that are emerging right here at home.Despite the overwhelming body of scientific evidence that repeatedly proves that vaccines ar…

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Something had to happen eventually at Lafayette and East high schools, and on Thursday, it did. State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. effectively ordered the Buffalo School District to surrender management of those schools.Many questions are unanswered at this point – including the role of Johns Hopkins University – but if the issue is whom to trust in the argument…

Superintendent needs to be more transparentThe News editorial, “Prove it,” in the July 8 paper illustrates the smoke-and-mirrors attitude that Pamela C. Brown has been using during her short tenure as superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools. Apparently her agenda is a way to wiggle out of a responsible position of leadership by trying to impress others that she is in …

This election season will test the forgiveness of New York City voters, with Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner both hoping that outrage sparked by the sex scandals that cost them their jobs has faded. Weiner, who resigned his congressional seat after tweeted photos of his crotch went viral, is running for mayor. Spitzer, who resigned as governor in 2008 after he was reveale…

Natural view of the falls was Olmsted’s objectiveFrederick Law Olmsted, the famous landscape architect who left his mark on Buffalo and Niagara Falls, treated the two places differently. In Buffalo, he created parks for recreational purposes. By the falls, he created a natural reserve – land set aside in a natural condition.According to Olmsted, people were influenced by t…

I sat in the church with my mom waiting for my daughter’s performance. She had practiced for weeks and was so excited to play “Bingo” on the piano at her first instrumental concert. Sitting there, I thought about how this concert would be one to remember regardless if her performance was perfect. This concert was not only a “first” for her, but a “last” for the school. It …