Eliminate administrators by consolidating districts
Well, finally someone has addressed the elephant in the room. Donn Esmonde's column regarding consolidation of school districts is right on. With school budgets getting completely out of control, these school boards answer by cutting programs to our children, laying off teachers and teacher's aides, but turning a blind eye to the ridiculous number of school districts and administrators.
Show me one school board member who will even consider addressing this issue? Being on a board is a difficult position and members should be praised for volunteering to serve. There, is, however, another side to be considered. They are responsible to the taxpayers and children. Having multiple administrators making six-figure salaries in every district is obscene. When school board members will not even consider consolidation of districts, they are protecting the administrators, not the children they are responsible for, and certainly not the taxpayers.
It is long overdue for parents and taxpayers to demand that school boards work to consolidate these districts instead of acting like lap dogs for the administrators. We can continue to blindly vote to accept school budgets, which are top heavy with administration, or we can vote them all down and demand reform. If our board members refuse to act, we should vote them out. These are our children and our tax dollars. Time to wake up, folks!
Allen F. Scioli
Many adoptable pets still need good homes
The Buffalo News received overwhelming response to its campaign to help more than 30 rescue organizations throughout Western New York find forever homes for adoptable pets. The generosity and creativeness of The News for initiating this effort, along with the generosity of the community in supporting it, made it possible for 630 picture ads to be printed in the classifieds section of the April 1 News. The ads will remain in The News online classifieds, where the orphan animals can be viewed through May 2. (Visit BuffaloNews.com)
Animals in need is a community problem. As the ad animals wait for adoption, the rescue groups struggle to take in more. Paying for the ads was a wonderful community gesture. Now, we need the community to step up and help find homes for all of these orphans. Please consider adoption and please spread the word that these animals are in dire need of forever homes.
Volunteer, HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption Team, West Seneca
Congress should OK Right to Repair Act
The American Military Society urges Congress to pass the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act on behalf of its membership, which includes active, reserve, National Guard, retired and veterans of the uniformed services, their families and survivors.
Right to Repair levels the competitive playing field for motoring consumers and between new car dealerships and independent repair shops by requiring that car companies provide full, fair access at a reasonable cost to all non-proprietary service information, tools and safety-related bulletins needed to repair today's high-tech motor vehicles.
When local repair shops are denied access to non-proprietary repair information from the car companies, competition is limited. All consumers benefit from competition, but those serving our country and their families at home derive particular benefit from being able to obtain affordable, effective and convenient repairs for their vehicles.
As cars become more complicated with more computer systems, the problem becomes more acute. Military personnel and their families are often stationed in remote locations far from dealerships, and rely on independent repair shops to service their vehicles. Most do not have the time to find the nearest dealership, drive all the way there and wait for their sole source of transportation to be repaired. If critical repairs go unperformed, then safety may be compromised.
The American Military Society encourages all Americans to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to their senators and representatives, urging them to support this legislation.
Charles C. Partridge
U.S. Army Colonel, Retired
American Military Society
Supreme Court erred in strip search ruling
As a 70-year-old American, I would like to ask the conservatives on the Supreme Court just what they were thinking when they granted law enforcement the power to strip search everybody, with no exceptions. What has this country come to when our basic rights are constantly eroding under this court? I hope that some day the very justices who approved this law are subject to it. Then maybe they will understand their stupid decision.
Maybe this is why they don't want cameras in the courtroom. This is 2012, a high-tech era, and we as Americans have a right to see this court, which affects all of our lives, in real time. If we can see Congress and the president in action in real time, why not the Supreme Court?
I just can't understand why they want to allow strip searches of granny or grandpa. Is there no shame or civility in America anymore? I would also like to ask them about their health care and why they have a lifetime job with no oversight. That was the worst decision by the founding fathers, to appoint someone to a lifetime job. I really think they should have term limits in this court. God help America.
R. De Wayne Smith
Poor job prospects have people worried
In regard to the article titled, "Young and unemployed," published in last week's paper, I feel the issue at hand is extremely concerning. I am experiencing this same struggle with today's job market. Being a 27-year-old with no more education than a GED, I find it very difficult to get by. Like the men mentioned in the article, my best option is to live with my parents for now. Although it's hard to find work, I am working part time earning the bare minimum. I was actually making much more money on unemployment, which I find sad and demoralizing.
With everything being such an expense now, I don't know how I would get by on my own even if I were to put in more hours at my current job. After years of dead-end jobs, I have finally started to take advantage of the funding the state has to offer for schooling to hopefully better my future.
Yet after reading this article, I feel less optimistic about our economy. I am worried about job opportunities after I earn my degree. If things keep up like this, I think we will see people in their 30s or even 40s living with their parents. I will keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't get to that point.