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Cruz may have to apply for U.S. citizenshipBorn in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, Sen. Ted Cruz believes that he was born an American citizen and has dual citizenship. My 15- and 17-year-old Canadian-born grandsons believe that they must apply for American citizenship by the age of 18 and are about to do so. To gain American citizenship, they understand t…

Rumore is unable to see beyond teachers’ interestsThe students of the Buffalo School District continue to suffer from the failure of its adult leadership. Phil Rumore may be right that Buffalo’s teachers are undercompensated compared to teachers in other school districts. And perhaps the Breakfast in the Classroom program does create crumbs that require teachers to clean u…

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Last winter, a delegation of high-profile nutritionists made the rounds of Washington lawmakers to discuss ways to improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. One of their proposals: Could SNAP explore limiting the types of food that recipients can buy with their federal benefits?A state or city might ban chips or cookies, or, as New York Mayor …

Teachers union needs to adopt new attitudeI read recently that Phil Rumore and the Buffalo Teachers Federation feel they are entitled to higher wages because they are allegedly paid less than their counterparts in the suburbs. The BTF is a major cause of the dysfunction resulting in the continuing failure of the Buffalo school system. The best thing that could happen with …

By Bradbury H. AndersonJob creators across the United States believe President Obama when he says he wants to create jobs. The effort his administration put into his recent campaign-style trip to promote his new “grand bargain” is a testament to his focus on jobs. But that bargain is fatally flawed because it establishes government as the engine for job growth.The engine o…

Extreme right wing isn’t helping countryHatred is now the chief motivating force for the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. The re-emergence of the birther issue, recent racial mockings of the president and inaction by the House on immigration reform, powered by new voting restrictions in North Carolina, illustrate this deep-seated hatred. That extreme right wing …

Teachers’ pensions hurting taxpayersThe recent musings of a retiring public school educator in My View will kindle similar visions among others considering retirement. Plans for more family time, volunteering, undertaking projects around the house and, of course, golf, would evoke hopeful scenarios from many in Western New York.But the writer, being a public school employe…

By Crystal D. Peoples-StokesLooking at the recent media headlines, the numbers of low-performing schools, mandates from the state education commissioner, cuts in program and extracurricular activities and state Regents and federal reform efforts, one would think that the quality of teachers in the district is as poor as the results. This constant barrage of negativity kill…

It’s Sedita who needs to restore public trustThis June, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a campaign finance reform bill with the slogan “restore public trust.” To me, District Attorney Frank Sedita represents that lack of public trust.I do not trust Sedita not just because of his in-house campaign fundraiser and its bizarre timing, which is enough, but also because of his inco…

Amherst residents need to take back their townThe Town of Amherst has allowed the pendulum to swing too far. Now it is time for the residents to bring it back into balance. For far too long, developers have built too many bad projects in too many good places.In Amherst, there is a long-standing affinity by town boards toward commercial projects regardless of site suitabili…

Leaders can unite nation by reinstituting the draftCongress and society haven’t been this divided and dysfunctional since the Civil War. It is truly sad to see advocates of the so-called free market support an unfair system they know is putting fellow Americans out of work.Federal deficits are in the trillions, cities are bankrupted, school budgets are depleted and adults …

Maybe the chicken wings President Obama had during his last visit here in 2010 didn’t agree with him. But with an opportunity to sample our other culinary delight at lunchtime Thursday, he spurned beef on weck and headed his bus toward Rochester, where he visited Magnolia’s Deli and Cafe and tied into a grilled cheese sandwich, of all things.Obama was in Buffalo to stress …

By the sounds of the ads on TV and the fliers in the Sunday paper, summer is coming to a rapid conclusion. I received my annual back-to-school letter from my building principal. It is time for me to take out the periodic chart and dust off the beakers for my 38th year of teaching chemistry. My summer experiment is now coming to a conclusion.It has been my first summer off …