IPREP faculty, students still waiting for answers

As the International Preparatory School at Grover (IPREP) embarks on its first graduating class, one questions the future of the school for those students left behind. As stated in The News on April 14, the Buffalo Board of Education unanimously approved Leonardo da Vinci High School's move to and acquisition of Grover Cleveland High School -- current home of IPREP -- after a multimillion-dollar renovation is complete. Therefore, this ends a successful partnership and lease of the D'Youville College Campus.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are left with unanswered questions. Is the Leonardo da Vinci school community in compliance to this move? Where are the IPREP students being permanently moved to? Will IPREP maintain as a school or will a successful program end?

IPREP is a safe and trusting school community that consists largely of English language learners who reside in the area surrounding the school. But, one wonders, who is their voice? Who stands up for those students and parents who have a language barrier and cannot communicate their needs? Don't they deserve a renovated school?

It has been said that IPREP will move to a vacant Buffalo public school during the renovation. Well, it was never stated what the Board of Education plans to do after that said move. Where does this unique West Side community go from there? Don't let these questions go unanswered. Let these people stay in their neighborhood. Let them begin anew. Let them go back to a renovated school and watch them shine with pride.

Jennifer Freeman

IPREP Faculty



Reneging on a mortgage hurts honest homeowners

A recent news item in the finance section of The Buffalo News discussed mortgage foreclosures and whether this was an immoral act. Indeed it is! The signer of the mortgage is reneging on a promise of repayment, lowering the value of his neighbors' houses, and skipping out on the property taxes. How is this a moral act?

That it is seen as a viable way to manage finances is reprehensible and a burden on the rest of the community. Who is going to pay those taxes? Who is going to even the books of the mortgage company? Who is going to absorb the decreased value of the neighbors' houses? Answer: the honest mortgager and taxpayer. This is moral? Not in my understanding.

Ingrid Meyer



How can Kaleida seek to reduce sick days?

A May 31 letter writer is worried about a possible strike by Kaleida employees. She should be, and so should everyone else. She says that during a recent stay at Women and Children's Hospital by her youngest, she observed a "well-oiled machine." Really?

I came to work at Buffalo General Hospital on Memorial Day. Our linen cart was practically empty. No gowns, incontinent pads or blankets. There was no one to deliver a cart. Other supplies were low. Somebody forgot the hospital doesn't shut down on a holiday.

The writer mentions staff members and includes phlebotomists (blood team). At Buffalo General, our blood team was eliminated! The night shift nurse's aides are drawing the bloods, doing their work, plus a whole other person's job.

She states, "I hate to think of how these hospitals can provide the same quality care to patients with temps and fill-in workers." I'm sure she'll hate to think of how much quality care regular staff provide while they are coughing and sneezing on patients. One reason why we may go on strike is because management wants to reduce our pitifully inadequate sick time from six days a year to a mere four. And we are on the front line in caring for sick people. We have patients coughing in our face, assaulting us, yet if we get sick or injured, we are expected not to take sick time.

Kaleida Health is in the business of treating sick human beings. But officials apparently think their employees are not human beings and they better not get sick. We can't give good quality care if we're sick ourselves.

Ruth B. Pace



Don't run red lights and you won't get ticket

A June 1 letter writer complains about red light cameras being "a tax." If this is so, then it is the easiest tax on the books of our state to not pay. All that is necessary is to obey the traffic laws, and there will be no tax on you.

I do not know what country he is driving in. About one out of every three times I come to a light that is yellow, and I stop, I see one or more drivers crash the light. I even see drivers speed up to try to beat the light. The same is true when I am first in line at a red light. Drivers on the cross street run the light and would have hit me if I didn't wait and look. If we were to follow the writer's suggestion and increase the time that both lights are red, all that would happen is that those drivers would just say to themselves, "I've got extra time. Zoom it!"

Because of a lack of police, a lot of drivers routinely run lights and stop signs. If red light cameras will decrease their numbers, the roads will be a lot safer for all of us.

Paul R. Libby



Hochul was better than Davis, Corwin

I am a bit offended, as a Kathy Hochul supporter, by the constant replay of two themes regarding the recent congressional election. One theme is the "pox on all their houses" that clearly put forth the notion that all three major candidates were undesirable, highly flawed prospects, due only the courtesy of ignoring or disdaining them. This is the coward's way of favoring the Republican, who has more registered voters but who was going against growing trends in Hochul support from independents as well as their own ranks. Jack Davis at least had the guts to run on nothing and pay dearly for it to have some influence.

The second theme I find overdone is the complete attribution of victory by Hochul at the hands of the Medicare issue. Yes, it was hugely important, but to imply that Rep. Paul Ryan held Jane Corwin back is not entirely fair. For many I spoke to, it was the record and the personality of Hochul that gave them the passion to give time, money and Election Day voting effort. Hochul is widely regarded as competent based on her administration of the Erie County Auto Bureau. She was perceived by many as kindly, sincere and dedicated. She talked about simple principles such as who needs protecting and who needs to contribute more to society.

Spoilers, vote suppressors and even Medicare aside, Hochul won a lot of votes and a lot of momentum by being good at projecting her best, while Davis and Corwin simply couldn't or didn't do the same.

Richard Rockford