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Circus elephants are subjected to crueltyI, too, was disgusted with the circus elephant picture in The News. While living in Tanzania, East Africa, for five years, I traveled on more than 200 safaris to watch these magnificent creatures. Elephants are the most regal, trusting and innocent animals I have ever witnessed. They have strong family values. These values are their…

Superintendent needs to be removed quicklyI am thoroughly disgusted with the administration of the Buffalo Public Schools. When the superintendent is unable to make sure that her assistants have the proper certification, it is beyond time for her to resign. One wonders whether she was in fact aware, but chose to ignore the situation in order to place her close friends in d…

‘Sit and stare’ policy is epitome of wasteI was shocked by The News editorial on state testing and “sit and stare” policy. I have been a public school teacher for 25 years, and if I applied such a policy in my classroom my administrators would be furious with me.How can The News support such a waste of taxpayer dollars? For a child to sit and do nothing is the epitome of w…

Getting re-elected is all that mattersI just have to get this off my chest! As a lifelong resident of Western New York, it is plain to see that these type of 2-cent politicians we continue to elect (shame on us), do only what is good for their re-election.No matter what your position on the abortion issue, it’s pretty clear that State Sen. Tim Kennedy is changing his stanc…

Hypocrisy abounds in New York’s lawsI wonder if anyone else sees the hypocrisy in New York State passing and enforcing a Scaffold Law that pronounces me guilty and liable if a workman gets injured on my property, no matter who is at fault, and also passes a law that says I may not recover damages incurred to my vehicle when it is damaged by a road that New York State built…

Region needs to protect resources from terroristsI was shocked and extremely troubled by the March 21 News story on the terrorist magazine “Inspire.” Ever since 9/11, I have been thinking about how vulnerable the Buffalo Niagara region is to a terrorist attack.I was upset when officials discussed closing the Niagara Falls Air Reserve base. Why would we want to take away ou…

Secure nuclear waste at West Valley projectLast weekend, a huge mudslide in Snohomish County, Washington, buried a town, with at least 25 people dead and 90 still missing. In August 2009, Western New York experienced a short burst of heavy rainfall after saturating rain over a few days. This storm unleashed flash flooding along Cattaraugus Creek, deaths and extensive damag…

Make time to visit elderly loved onesWhoever thinks they will spend the balance of their life in a nursing home? I live with my husband, who has Alzheimer’s, in an assisted living home. He is with me 24/7. I have spent many years volunteering – from hospice to hospitals to assisted living facilities.The questions that come are: Why am I here? When can I go home? And the mo…

Honor Fillmore, Cleveland with library near CanalsideThis area should establish a presidential library near Canalside honoring the two former presidents who started their careers here and then ascended to the nation’s highest office. Presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, although not born here, played an important part in the development of Buffalo and Western …

Oxygen loss might have taken down Flight 370All the irrational behavior of Flight 370, such as sudden turns and flight toward a no man’s land, could be rationally and simply explained by a continuous loss of alertness, as indicated by slower and slower response of the crew by progressive but fast loss of oxygen in the cabin. This could result from a pinhole leak in the lit…

Decision to move school was not made in hasteDisinvestment – that is a very strong accusation to level against the trustees, administration and staff of King Center Charter School. As a charter school, our mission is to ensure that the educational needs of our students are not only met but exceeded. This focus of investing in our children has allowed KCCS to provide innova…

After-school programs are needed across stateI appreciate the Legislature’s commitment to after-school programs for students in New York City; however, children in the rest of the state are also in need of after-school opportunities. The Assembly and the Senate should support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s after-school proposal for $160 million in new programs, which would provide ac…

Let church use park for its Easter serviceThe Rev. Douglas Sukhia of Armor Bible Church gave all the right reasons for expecting permission to use Chestnut Ridge casino for a sunrise service on Easter Sunday. Why would Erie County Parks officials deny such a reasonable request? I am a Catholic and a group I belong to has a picnic and a Mass in the park every year without i…

U.S. should develop natural gas resourcesIt would appear to me that now is the perfect chance in time to do what the United States does best, that is to use the free-market system as a tool for opportunity as well as a means to control or marginalize Russian aggression.If Germany and the European Union get the majority of their natural gas energy from Russia, it seems we c…

It’s time that we treat all polluters the sameThis is how we add irony to injury: When private polluters (Tonawanda Coke) are punished, we applaud our common quest for justice, while privileged polluters (commercial traffic on the Peace Bridge) – who have poisoned residents for generations – are embraced as progressive economic generators. Generators of what – extraordinar…