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Focus on teacher wages entirely misses the pointAt the same time taxpayers were rejecting the school budget in Clarence, we also find out that Apple has legally not paid billions of dollars in taxes that could have gone to support, among other things, education in our country. But instead, we myopically focus on teacher wages and benefits, preferring to go after the workin…

Fairness for farmworkers has been long overdueIt is time for all New Yorkers to think about the food they eat and the nutritional produce that they and their families too often take for granted. The farmworkers who tend and harvest these crops have long suffered and toiled without fundamental protections, protections that most of us take for granted. Their plight is so ba…

Patriot Act is used to infringe on our rightsGovernment snooping on millions of United States citizens by collection of Verizon communications metadata, Associated Press professional/personal phone records and server information from Internet giants like Google is outrageous.While the president speaks soothing words, we sink into repression with government knowing our rela…

Students’ prom will be a night they rememberHats off to the parents who organized the BOCES special education prom. This was a special night for the special education students who may not have had the opportunity somewhere else. That is, to enjoy a prom of their own while interacting with their social skills as other high school students do. The parents should be commended…

State money is misspent on Buffalo Public SchoolsThe continued failure of the Buffalo Public Schools to turn out educated and functional youth is an ongoing problem, compounded by often disruptive home lives, fathers missing from the home, inadequate nutrition and mothers living in poverty. This feeds the depressing statistic showing that half of our publicly educated stud…

Clarence tax base plays a large roleIn reading the articles and letters in regard to the recent Clarence school budget vote, there has been no mention of the Clarence tax base. The cost of schools is only one side of the equation. The other side is how that cost is divided between the properties in the school district. For many years the citizens in the Clarence School Dis…

Church should join the 21st centuryIf Bishop Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo wishes to politicize and strong-arm the laity from the pulpit of Catholic churches, then let the church relinquish its tax-exempt status.This past Sunday’s edict from the bishop, read from the pulpit to parishioners, urged political action against Governor Cuomo’s rights for women bill. At issue …

Not everyone in Clarence is a wealthy residentI am tired of reading about the “McMansions” in Clarence full of wealthy people willing to pay any amount proposed to fund our “great schools.” An overwhelming majority of Clarence voters resoundingly said “no” to this concept. Most residents do not own luxury homes or earn hundreds of thousands of dollars. Clarence covers larg…

Letter writer should show students respectIn a recent letter, a Clarence woman criticized the ethics and respect of Clarence students. I taught at Clarence High School for 39 years and worked with thousands of students in the classroom and on many out-of-school activities. These great “kids” didn’t hesitate to give their opinions on important matters, but always showed gre…

Waterfront has become something to be proud ofThis recent Memorial Day, I visited the Buffalo waterfront on Fuhrmann Boulevard. I can’t say enough abaout how impressed I was, and I just had to write and spread the word to Western New Yorkers. I urge them to drive over to see and enjoy what their tax dollars produced – a waterfront to be proud of. It’s awesome.This public w…

Business Council stand contrasts the common goodOn June 2, The News printed an interview with Heather Briccetti of the Business Council of New York and an article describing our state’s lack of support for parents of severely disabled adults. One can actually appreciate how Briccetti’s SUNY education was subsidized by taxpayers and that she was later employed by New York S…

There is a more fair way to finance the governmentThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Internal Revenue Service. Most people probably think it’s existed since the founding of the country. No, this scourge was brought to life with the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913 that enabled collection of a federal income tax (originally only to be collected from mill…

Teaching profession must change with timesNow don’t get me wrong. I truly believe teachers do a marvelous job teaching our children. The only problem is times have changed for everyone and the teaching profession has to change as well.With school budgets run amok and residents trying to make ends meet, the time has arrived to establish a 12-month school year. Half the stud…

Prosecutor did a good job in difficult Hoskins caseAssistant District Attorney Michael Drmacich’s final summation on June 7 in the animal-cruelty case against Beth Lynne Hoskins lasted a little over two hours. Everyone in that East Aurora courtroom was captivated by his definitions and explanations of abuse according to Agriculture and Markets Law. In describing the condit…

Government spying will force less reliance on technologyHomeland Insecurity, what does it mean? Use a little fear mongering, add to that the justification of the guise of national defense. Then use the path of least resistance. That is, to spy on your own citizens. Why? It’s more cost effective than teaching agents foreign languages and the low cost justifies their existen…