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Fear of Common Core is hindering progressRound two of the New York State assessment tests is under way. Math exams were held this week. I have two children who already went through the tests. Yes, they survived without therapy. One child is currently taking them. The tests should be used only as an overall assessment of a region’s educational needs. I do not believe the te…

Newstead Town Board has let residents downThe April 29 City & Region section of The News contained two side-by-side articles that certainly showed the differences in local town governments. The Wheatfield Town Board stood up for its residents, while the Newstead Town Board left its residents defenseless.Wheatfield turned down a big business request because it felt it might…

Why would Republicans put Bundy on a pedestal?Why was Cliven Bundy, the law-breaking rancher who denounced the U.S. government, had friends and family aiming their guns at federal workers and has refused to pay rent for grazing rights on federal land for more than 20 years, put on a pedestal by so many Republican party leaders and pundits? I just find it strange that these…

Taxpayers foot the bill, not various governmentsI’d like to suggest to every person reading this letter that you stop using the phrase “government funded.” Also, please stop saying, “federally financed,” “state subsidized,” “county sponsored” or “city backed.” The correct term is “taxpayer funded.”The government has no money of its own; it can only take it from present-day…

It’s great to see authorities crack down on dogfightingI would love to say bravo to our SPCA and Buffalo Police Department for their raids on the dogfighting houses in Buffalo. I am very happy that they finally put a task force together for these poor animals. After saying that, now I would love to turn my attention to the judges of our Buffalo area. If they do not send th…

Legalizing marijuana would be a big mistakeApparently, a recent letter writer thinks that by legalizing marijuana, New York State will clear up its debt. We started the lottery to pay for schools and yet our schools are no better off. In fact, every year school taxes go up and city and suburban schools seem to fight over which extracurricular programs, if any, they will ha…

Native Americans again the forgotten minorityIf you want racist views in pro sports abolished and everyone jumping on the “let’s burn Donald Sterling at the stake” bandwagon, consider how we American Indians feel about Major League Baseball and the National Football League. Once again, we are the silent, forgotten minority.Scott C. Printup, Esq.Hamburg

Many with chronic pain need drugs to functionI have read endless letters about doctors giving narcotics to people who don’t need them and also people who abuse the system by selling their drugs. I couldn’t agree more that these are problems.But there is a different concern for people who are truly in chronic pain. They don’t abuse or sell their meds. That’s my problem. I a…

If we want to eat meat, then animals must dieI am writing in response to the letter writer from Akron who stated, “In this day and age, we don’t need to kill for meat.” Perhaps she can explain to us exactly how meat (whether domestically raised or wild) is to be obtained. Should we wait for animals to die of old age? Or does she think that steak magically shows up shrink-w…

Lancaster trying to sweep complaints under the rugAs residents of Lancaster, we decided to attend the Lancaster Board of Education meeting on April 22, due to an article that appeared in The News on April 13 regarding harassment at the Lancaster School District bus garage.From comments posted online, we learned the transportation supervisor had been previously dismissed fr…

Old Lackawanna hotel serves its tenants wellThis is in response to recent letters concerning a former hotel in Lackawanna. I must take exception to the writer who referred to it as a “seedy apartment building.” While not to be confused with some luxury apartment building, the building seems well-maintained and the tenants I’ve encountered seem as decent as any other people…

We must reduce drug costs to curb Medicare spendingAs a senior retina surgeon in practice for 38 years, I need to respond to the April 10 News article titled, “Where the Medicare millions go.” Ophthalmology has one of the highest percentages of elderly patients among medical specialties. Common and expensive ophthalmic diseases occur in this age group, including cataract, …

New York should act to protect waterwaysThe Environmental Protection Agency is trying to clarify protection for the upstream waters vital to downstream communities. Proposed changes are to restore the streams and feeders critical to the health of New York State’s waterways to what they once were.Recently, an upstream farm’s liquid manure traveled down the Tonawanda stream,…

School Board choices were pleasant surpriseI was totally surprised by The News’ recent endorsements of Larry Quinn and Patricia Pierce for Buffalo School Board seats. This is not to say that these two candidates aren’t worthy, but the past liberal policies of our newspaper caught me off guard. It’s about time that The News finally took a stance by actually endorsing two in…

Article about parasites reminds me of CongressIn the April 27 News, I read that scientists “have identified a protein that causes zombie-like behavior in plants. Certain crops are vulnerable to parasites that take control of their hosts’ behavior, forcing them to act in their intruders’ interest.” This pathogen is transmitted by tiny insects called leafhoppers. Instead of …