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The Federal Aviation Administration is always full of excuses. This time, the agency is blaming the fact that it missed its self-imposed deadline for implementing new pilot training rules on the government shutdown.The FAA has been nothing if not consistent in its delays in creating those rules, or anything else that would displease the airline industry.Continental Connect…

Weinstein is not telling the full story on taxesBarry Weinstein must think that Amherst residents can’t do simple math. His political flyers boast that as town supervisor, he has lowered the property tax rate. But he fails to mention repeated property reassessments that have inflated property values.The bottom line, for those of us who can do simple math, is that the incre…

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It’s time. In fact, it’s decades past time. The prisoner revolt at Attica occurred 42 years ago and, still, documents relating to the uprising and the investigation that followed remain secret, hidden away in a downtown Buffalo office building. There is every reason to release these records and, with appropriate considerations, there is no reason to continue keeping them s…

Collins keeps aligning with the radical fringeRecently a group from the radical fringe of the Republican Party was able to shut down the federal government and threaten to allow the nation to default on money it owed, all in the name of preventing implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Why do they so hate the idea of making health insurance available to all?)Most econ…

Tea party is only one fighting for the peopleEvery day I read letters here where the left blames the right and the right blames the left – Democrats and Republicans, two parties. Both seem equally guilty of blaming the tea party, which is of course not a party at all. The reality is that we have not had a two-party system in this country for over 50 years, and anyone who t…

Gambling is not the answer to curbing state budget woesSupporters of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s casino expansion amendment tend to ignore the serious/deadly problem of gambling addiction. They write it off as a minor, incidental hazard, affecting only a few people and outweighed by benefits from the casino. But we need to realize addiction and problem gambling are essential to a…

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It is not surprising that State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. moved on two fronts last week in response to critics of the new Common Core standards he has championed. He has shown himself to be tough but open-minded since taking over as commissioner and, frankly, we wouldn’t have expected any less from him.In a major move Friday, King proposed revisions in the te…

One is known as a bomb thrower. The other is known to be more measured. But these two newcomers have turned up the heat on a desperately dysfunctional Buffalo School Board.It was because of developer and new board member Carl Paladino and his constant questioning of the district’s reorganization plan that legal research was done on the superintendent’s hiring process. Turn…

It’s unfair to give back pay to workersFederal employees who have been out of work as a result of the government shutdown will receive back pay for the income they have lost. I don’t get it. I have been out of work for more than one year. My income has been cut in half and I can barely survive on my unemployment, yet I will never receive back pay for what I have lost.It mu…

Cutting foreign aid would help AmericaI have recently seen articles that claim the United States budget could be helped if domestic programs were cut. Maybe over a 10-year period, as much as 10 percent could be saved. It would be interesting to know why there is all this attention on domestic programs, and we hear nothing about cutting foreign aid. President Kennedy once w…

Ransom is not the answer to solving government woesI read with interest a recent Letter to the Editor, “Inept Congress owes taxpayers a refund.” While I share much of the author’s outrage about the government shutdown, there was one comment I’m not able to endorse. The author’s comment that “no one in Congress should receive pay or health benefits until a reasonable budg…

Gaughan is sincere in his desire to helpSeveral years ago (more than 10), when Kevin Gaughan’s mother was still alive and in the bedroom of the family home he worked out of, my husband and I were involved with him as he was working on an education seminar. He had many students involved and we can remember a football game at Daemen College outside with him playing with a gr…

Cartoon was as offensive as The News publishing itI found the cartoon by Nick Anderson The News published on Oct. 22 (“It’s good to see the National Zoo open again”) to be unbelievably offensive, disgusting, and racist. Portraying Obama’s team on the health care web mess as monkeys swinging from trees is the kind of drivel one might expect of a white supremacist publicatio…

By Clark GodshallTrying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to high technology isn’t easy. In order for the 36,000 students attending component school districts within the Orleans/Niagara BOCES service area to become college ready and stay globally competitive, it’s imperative that we, as educators, deliver digital learning experiences.As the information age reshapes …