It is unfortunate that there was a shooting in front of the Buffalo Schools recently and, while recognizing that events such as this are going to attract media attention, I cannot express how discouraging it is for such events to receive the amount of news coverage that it did.
What I find most discouraging is that when a positive event occurs in the Buffalo Schools, the media is nowhere to be found or doesn't deem it newsworthy.
Recently, a new modern library and "learning center" was opened at Riverside High School at a cost of $300,000. There are a meeting room for teacher in-service training, eight new computers with CD-ROM, a media center and a periodical room. The old library hadn't been updated since the school was built and, while I recognize this may not attract as many viewers or sell as many papers as a shooting, murder or house fire, it was still deemed not to be newsworthy by the local media.
While I am not requesting that the media cover up the negative occurances, I do believe a responsible media has the obligation to show the positive aspects of going to school in the City of Buffalo.
If we are going to keep middle-class families in the city and convince others that Buffalo is a decent place to raise a family, they must be assured that their children are going to receive a good education.
DALE L. ZUCHLEWSKI
North District Member
Buffalo Common Council