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Schools need to teach skills students can useEducationally, Americans believe one size fits all. A recent letter writer indicated that American students are treated equally as opposed to other countries. Students leaving elementary schools graduate to high school and then are provided with prep school training.When I taught at a suburban high school, students had a program…

Global trade pacts are destroying our countryWith financial crises in Europe highlighted by demonstrations and riots, it’s obvious the current global trade agreements are not working there, either. If our decline continues, U.S. national credibility is bound to be questioned.Why do we allow other countries to undercut our industries with unfair trade practices while permit…

Let’s improve Buffalo by coordinating lightsThere are 41 traffic lights on Main Street from Bailey Avenue to Tupper Street – a distance of 5.5 miles. None of these lights is coordinated. Coordinating these lights would help immeasurably with relieving congestion, reducing vehicular and pedestrian collisions, encouraging travel within the speed limit to meet green lights an…

America might benefit from two-state solutionIn response to the recent “how much better we would be without Bush” missive, I would like us to imagine how much better we would have it in a two-presidency America.Many in the world call for Israel to have a two-state solution with the Palestinians; why not our own “two-state” solution with a two-presidency America?Since the 2…

Trusting in Jesus will bring us peacePope Francis’ recent Christmas message – where he called for peace among all peoples and nations, even for atheists – is another example of someone who claims to know Jesus Christ but then relies on secular means to appeal to men’s hearts. It seems to me that if the pope knew Jesus, he would also know that Jesus is the prince of peace a…

Cities must reassess their water systemsThe recent water main break in Buffalo (“Water main break closes Oak Street in downtown Buffalo,” Dec. 17 News) should suggest a need to rethink the status quo.Change, including more competition with how the area’s water systems are managed, must be put into place now to prevent taxpayers and ratepayers from paying exorbitant utility…

Lousy road repairs contribute to potholesA Dec. 27 front-page News article on potholes quoted Erie County Public Works Commissioner John Loffredo as saying the recent freeze-thaw cycles are responsible for the early appearance of potholes this season. Sorry, Mister Commissioner, but your department needs to take much of the blame. When potholes keep appearing in the same l…

Mentally ill children need separate facilityGov. Andrew Cuomo has decided to close the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (CPC) in West Seneca and merge the children into the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center in Buffalo, putting children into harm’s way. To Cuomo, our ill children are dollar signs on a state budget sheet.If he had to listen as a locked door clic…

U.S. needs to keep promises to veteransI am writing in regard to the recent News article, “Congress manages to find political will to craft a budget rolling back sequester.”Another group not happy with the recent budget deal are veterans. Working-age military retirees will see their retirement benefits cut. This is no solution to our budget problems, particularly when Cong…

Success is possible with right mind-setAs we welcome another new year, people entertain thoughts of what they hope to achieve or obtain in the year to come. For some, they might as well dust off last year’s list of resolutions. Others will make a short list of goals with the typical headliners: lose weight, quit smoking and break up with my boyfriend. But what will set thi…

Legislature was wise to prohibit frackingAs The News reported on Dec. 12, “Erie County Legislature votes 9-2 to ban fracking on county-owned property.” I applaud the legislators for passing a ban against dangerous fracking on county land and prohibiting chemical-laden waste from being brought into county facilities or spread on county roads.Specifically, Chairwoman Betty J…

Tea party doesn’t pose a threat to our countryHere we go again! I almost gagged over the hypocrisy in the Dec. 17 editorial over the pretension that The News has any real concern that the Republican Party is suffering internal turmoil. The editorial, “A line in the sand,” continues to put the blame for everything going wrong inside the Beltway on the Republicans in Congres…

Economic policies are hurting upstateIt is often in this time of year that we reflect on our gains and losses, particularly those that impact our economic lives. This year, we gained in the hope of new business ventures. This is tempered by the loss of a thousand jobs, as operations ceased at BernzOmatic, Niagara Ceramic and Bank of America Mortgage Servicing, not to menti…

We should all strive for a meat-free dietWith New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, consider the popular trend toward a healthy, eco-friendly, compassionate meat-free diet.According to Harris Interactive, 47 percent of Americans are reducing their consumption of animal products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects this year’s per capita chicken and beef co…

Collins’ vote to reduce military pay is shamefulShameful. Congressman Chris Collins voted for the recent budget bill that will keep the government running for the next two years. It’s not the best bill, since it will increase spending and only promises to make cuts in the future (a promise that probably will not be kept).But the shameful part is that Collins voted to get t…