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The recent filing of a lawsuit against the Buffalo Public School District is yet another example of today's world where its value system is hip-hip-hooray for me and the hell with everyone else.

First, the allegation that anything can be discriminatory against whites is ridiculous. When the majority of the electorate, our representatives, teachers, administrators, CEOS, doctors and business people are white, such conjecture is without any logical thought.

The plaintiffs' attorney, Paul Weiss, says that using "something other than merit is wrong." Perhaps he has something against democracy. For too long, we have been ruled by an oligarchy that has been based on class stratification. People have been conned by the perpetuators of elitism that the idea of "the best and the brightest" is the most fair. Nothing could be more unfair.

What of the rest of our children who don't have the luxury of having college- or even high school-educated parents? Should these potential leaders be doomed to less than our best schools and cultural institutions? Maybe it's the students a little below "the magical line" who are more in need of a place like City Honors than "the best and the brightest," who will shine anywhere.

What's most illogical about the argument is the idea that the Zagares had to act in the best interest of their daughter. Do one child's needs come before those of society as a whole?

Building a sense of community where individual needs are secondary does have its dangers. It might erase Buffalo's distinction as the nation's fifth-poorest, fifth-most segregated city. It might lead to a metropolitan mentality where suburbia's gated communities are unneeded.

John D. Maloney Buffalo

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