Support mothers working their way out of poverty

Western New York should celebrate the recent achievement of Buffalo's ranking by Forbes magazine as the number one city for working mothers in the country. Many working mothers throughout this community understand and live this truth in their own lives.

However, this achievement is not true for all mothers and it should not cloud the facts. Buffalo remains the third-poorest city in the nation and single mothers bear the brunt of poverty. Sixty-six percent of impoverished families are headed by single women in our community. Jobs that provide economic self-sufficiency for disadvantaged single mothers are difficult to find and keep.

Our community does not have a concerted effort to streamline education, training, employment opportunities and supports that enable women to successfully embark on a career path that will lead to independence for themselves and their families. Many of the benefits contributing to Western New York's ranking, such as job sharing, flexible hours and telecommuting, are not available in entry-level jobs. Another factor cited was ease of commute, but what does an "easy commute" mean to a woman who has no car and does not live near public transit or where there is no convenient public transit from home to work?

The Western New York Women's Fund strives to support efforts that invest in education and economic security for women, girls and their families. We believe, with the right resources, women can forever change their lives, their children's lives and our community. Simply put: When all working mothers are supported, communities thrive.

This achievement speaks to a community beginning to heed the needs of some working women. Today we should celebrate, but let's not forget the fight to support all mothers in our community, including those who are valiantly trying to raise their families out of poverty.

Heather Filipowicz

Executive Director, Western New York Women's Fund



Liberals should protect babies lost to abortion

Every day we hear from liberals and Democrats how conservatives and Republicans don't care about the weakest among us. They claim that Republicans care only about corporate profits. We see with the Occupy crowd that liberals want equality and fairness and they want their rights. Liberals say we must take care of the people who can't take care of themselves, and help those who are weak. As a Christian conservative, I completely agree. We must take care of the weakest in our country, we must protect those who can't take care of themselves.

Let's start where this could have the greatest impact. Every day in this country, more than 3,000 innocent babies are murdered using the debate that a fetus is not a human. Jesus said, "whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me." This statement has no greater relevance than innocent babies not granted the right to life. Our Declaration of Independence says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet every day, because of laws passed by Democrats, innocent babies are not given the right to life.

So the next time I hear liberals shouting about helping others who need help, I will pray that this hypocrisy will soon come to an end.

Martin J. Dziwulski



There are many stamps honoring great people

As a lifelong, old-fashioned letter writer and stamp fan, I was surprised at how little a recent letter writer knew about stamp honorees and how much history has been conveyed via stamps. I am not sure what stamps he uses, but what follows are some stamp series meant to do just what he wanted -- honor heroes and real contributors to society: American scientists (including three Nobel winners, a woman among them), Naval commanders, pioneers of American industrial design, Barbara Jordan, the Mercury Project Mission, U.S. Merchant Marine, Scouting and Mother Teresa.

Other important stamps show the Civil War, the Purple Heart, vanishing species, national parks, baseball parks and state flags. In addition, stamps support relevant issues and themes in our society, such as breast cancer research, environmental awareness and being a mentor to influence the life of child. The Postal Service has a process to handle stamp suggestions, and contacting the Postal Service would be a good first step. Besides, all of us could use a little "love" every now and then. So send some love and a smile. Write and send a letter. It will make someone's day.

Deanne Plonka



No reason to bully Grisanti over vote

Each time I drive past the billboard on the Kensington Expressway that threatens Sen. Mark Grisanti, my blood starts to boil. Not for the reason the group that sponsors it intends; in fact, it's probably just the opposite. I live in Grisanti's district and can't remember if I voted for him or not. His election was a "hold your nose and vote" in my book since I disagree with Republican fiscal policies and I just couldn't vote for his opponent.

Grisanti was duly elected by his peers and was very clear when the gay marriage vote came up that he would struggle with his decision. He had promised to vote against it and found he couldn't after meeting with gay couples and their family members who helped plead their case. I wasted no time in congratulating Grisanti for his vote.

Meanwhile, for those who would threaten him, I have to wonder exactly what's changed in their lives since the law passed. After the first media blitz covering the initial marriages made possible by Grisanti and others, the issue has faded into the woodwork where it belongs. In these days of anti-bullying rhetoric, the billboard by Let The People Vote stands out as being both classless and petty. Shame on this group, which should be able to find a better way to deal with losing a vote it expected to win.

Anne Duffy



ESPN was right to pull Williams' theme song

A big attaboy to ESPN for its quick response to the crude comments made by Hank Williams Jr. The decision to pull Williams' song from "Monday Night Football" was a great move. I'm sure it was not an easy decision to make.

Compare this to the recent Republican debate where the eight candidates stood by, without comment, while audience members booed a gay soldier. Not one of these presidential candidates went to bat for this courageous serviceman. Presidential candidates? I think not. I wouldn't vote for any one of them for dog catcher.

Donna M. Duszczak