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Parents need to make education a priorityThis is in response to Donn Esmonde’s June 16 commentary about socioeconomic effects on education. He chose to emphasize the economic.By far the most important factor in how well a student will do in school is how much his or her parents value education. Any other factor is a distant second.Money cannot make up for parents who do no…

Women’s Bar promotes equal justice for everyoneThe Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s Western New York Chapter (WBASNY WNY) is pleased to explain the process by which it participates in promoting the fair and equal administration of justice by rating judicial candidates running for local judgeships. Each election cycle, WBASNY WNY is approached by both male…

Don’t hijack funds for Buffalo bike pathAfter recent meetings with the city and Mayor Byron Brown, we (the original Rails to Trails Committee) were informed of a change to the original agreed-upon Watts Engineering Plan.We opted for a straight path down from Kenmore to Main and LaSalle Station Park and Ride. The city wants, instead of creating a bike path in the already co…

Cuomo’s financial board will hurt municipalitiesThe governor’s plan to construct a Financial Restructuring Board (while apparently retaining majority control of appointments to that board) after the state has crippled necessary local funding in its Aid and Incentive for Municipalities (AIM) Program shall have very dire consequences upon municipalities in Western New York.A…

Scaffold Law helps keep workers safeWorkers should never be asked to put their lives on the line on the job without the right tools and safety equipment. Incredibly, it happens in the construction industry every day.I was working in Tonawanda putting up scaffolding for a construction job. A steel plank from the dismantled scaffolding fell 30 feet, hit me in the head and ne…

Law would protect workers from abuseIn some of my volunteer work, I have been drawn to the issue of farm workers and their struggles for economic justice in New York State. Through some of these workers, I have heard their stories of abuse at their work site. I have also heard that some farmers in New York State are very sympathetic to farm workers and their quest for bett…

State doesn’t need another farm lawFarming in New York is under attack once again by people who have never set foot on a farm, but think they know best how a farm should operate.The Assembly, led by New York City lawmakers, passed the unnecessary Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act. There is already a long list of state and federal protections that oversee everything fro…

Church will never become irrelevantA recent letter writer contends that the Catholic Church has changed frequently over the ages and if it doesn’t continue to change now, especially regarding contraception, it will soon become irrelevant. I offer a few points in reply.Many of her points are either sweeping generalizations or bring up issues that require a nuanced, lengthy …

Saving music program should be high priorityI was shocked to read on the front page of The News that city school music is being cut drastically. I recently turned 75. I grew up in a middle-class family in the city and went to School 68 and Kensington High School. I learned to play the flute starting in fourth grade and played in the band, orchestra and marching band at Ken…

Kaleida Health erred on Corasanti decisionI find it absolutely reprehensible that Kaleida Health has reviewed Dr. James Corasanti’s application for clinical privileges and has decided to approve him, despite not directly hiring him at any of its facilities.Although I am not a maven of medical law and procedure, the use of the phrase: “applied for clinical privileges,” impl…

No need to modernize the teachings of ChristA letter writer criticized Bishop Richard Malone’s letter to all parishioners in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. It is so frequently stated that we, as Catholics, should move into the 21st century. It is always implied that everything that was believed from the time of Jesus Christ should be modernized.I find it so true that whe…

Scaffold Law protects construction workersI used to be a cement worker in Buffalo. That is, until the day I was in an elevator shaft in the Hollings Press Building when a plank fell down the shaft and broke my neck. There was no safety equipment in place to protect me.I’ll never be able to walk again, but because of the Scaffold Law, I’m not a burden to taxpayers or charit…

Six-month school year makes no sense at allThe June 15 letter, “Teaching profession must change with times,” suggests that we “establish a 12-month school year. Half the students January through June and the other half July through December.” Does the writer realize that he just decreased the teaching time by 40 percent? What about knowledge lost while not attending school…

New York can’t afford costly retiree benefitsSome years ago, my husband and I both retired, I as a part-time school office employee and my husband as a full-time worker for a well-respected local manufacturer. I recently discovered my part-time retirement benefits from the state retirement system now surpass my husband’s full-time benefits because of “cost of living” retir…

Buffalo General failed its psychiatric patientsOn June 6, Buffalo General Hospital disproved its interest in being a “Center for Excellence.” Contrary to a commitment to Erie County Medical Center and therefore to the mental health needs of our community, the emergency psychiatric services and psychiatric units were systematically closed for admissions, and on June 14, all…