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School Board changes rules to cover up its incompetenceAfter reading the Sept. 12 News article, “School Board deals with transparency issues,” it became apparent that governmental agencies change rules at their convenience.The rule changes, cover-ups and deceitful maneuvers the federal and local governments, and now the School Board administrators, make to manipulate their…

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If Donna Fernandes knows anything, it’s how to adjust, and unfortunately, that is what she is having to do as the Buffalo Zoo confronts a $2 million shortfall in fund-raising for a new home for Luna and Kali, the two most famous polar bear cubs in Buffalo history.The zoo needed $14 million to build the planned Arctic Edge exhibit and create a new home for its polar bear cu…

WASHINGTON – Some few nights ago, my late wife, Mimi, and I were talking about America’s impending attack on Syria and how Shakespeare saw the degradation that perpetual war inflicts on all people.I asked her to dig out from “Henry V” the appeal for diplomacy by the Duke of Burgundy tucked in toward the end of the play. The setting is the Hundred Years War, during which En…

Hold college presidents accountable for failureWith the help of an intervention by Albany, the Buffalo Public Schools at last have a plan to improve student performance. The problems of our area’s failing colleges, however, remain unsolved. Erie County Community College graduates only 18 percent of students, below the level of many city high schools. It’s time we held all …

By William LambersA child in the war-torn African nation of Mali just wrote a letter to the U.N. World Food Programme. Emergency school meals are being provided by the agency in Northern Mali.“Our parents are poor and tired,” the child wrote. “Thank you WFP who gave us food so we could work hard in school. We always count on God and you. With WFP it’s okay. The school in B…

The old saying goes, “The truth will set you free.” If that’s the case then the recently revealed truth should do a lot for the souls of some federal bureaucrats who had been withholding long-sought information about pension benefits from salaried retirees at Delphi Corp., including 750 from the Buffalo area.These workers have been struggling four years for the pension ben…

Scare tactics will do more harm than goodAs someone who has worked in the environmental arena for the past two decades, I am noticing a scary trend in environmental activism and loose science. The My View column, “Help free neighbors from fossil-fuel trap,” has caused me to respond.I appreciate the author’s opinions on the Barcelona area’s beauty; I am a property owner in …

Writer misrepresenting absurd public pensionsIn response to a recent letter correcting the math on teacher pensions, I think a couple of important points were missed. First, the title of the letter, “Teacher pensions are taxed at federal level,” could just as well been stated as “Teacher pensions are not taxed at the New York State level.” The writer seems to have left tha…

Let’s save St. Ann before it’s too lateWe’ve seen many pictures of the outside of St. Ann Church, which obviously doesn’t do it justice. Publishing pictures of the inside would certainly indicate that demolition is not acceptable. As another writer stated, the churches in Europe are hundreds of years old and are cared for as national treasures. I doubt if our bishop has ev…

Collins should engage in serious discussionIt’s striking that an article concerning the thoughtful, probing conversation between an area teacher and Secretary of State John Kerry over the Syria crisis should be seated next to an article describing the shocking disrespect accorded President Obama by Rep. Chris Collins over the same topic in the Sept. 11 News.The teacher, Dr…

Don’t twist the facts on teacher pensionsRecently, I viewed two letters regarding the $1 million mark in earnings by retired teachers. The first letter was correct. With the numbers given, 14.5 years is correct. The second letter refutes this. The writer goes on to say that he pays federal tax, health insurance, etc., and that he only sees maybe 64 percent of that. Well, w…

Loss of nuclear family is causing schools’ woesGov. Andrew Cuomo recently indicated that “We’re not going to allow another generation of children to be failed by a failing bureaucracy.” As a former U.S. secretary of HUD, Cuomo should be well aware that the real problem is unwed mothers producing neglected children.He should also be well aware that our politicians have enab…

Taking Syria’s weapons is a lame punishmentSo let me put Syria in a different perspective. Stay with me here. A child breaks a lamp playing ball in the house after being told repeatedly, “Don’t play ball in the house.” Mom says, “You’ll get punished, but I have to agree on your punishment first with Dad.” Mom and Dad aren’t getting along, so Mom is worried. Then the kid’s …