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2017-04-20 / Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.West Seneca is getting so many thousands of dollars more aid in New York State with the approved budget of Gov. Cuomo. Perhaps maybe the board incumbents running for re-election can explain how and when students at both high schools can anticipate more electives being added to schedules. Nothing has been communicated; there is no plan, and yet high school students still sit in two or three study halls out of an eight scheduled block period over two days. This is not rigor; this is not the governor’s decision. This is the board’s decision for many years. They need to act now and get this information out with a plan before the election.

.The article on the school board indicates that the interim person comes at no cost to taxpayers and the permanent will be paid from their own budget line. It’s easy to mix up the facts when you really want the public to believe something different, now isn’t?

.To the caller who praised the highway superintendent, please. Have you forgotten the blizzard where all the roads were impassible and students were stuck in schools? How about the garbage totes system? Give me a break.

.I see in the state budget the schools got more money. Well, if they got 4 percent, I guess that means they don’t need to raise our taxes this year. Let’s see it happen. Let’s not keep spend, spend, spending.

.I can’t believe our governor wants to spend $20 million to build a visitor welcome center on Grand Island. Doesn’t he realize Grand Island has two of them? They are called toll booths. Every time I travel into New York, it says “Welcome to New York. Toll booth ahead.”

.I don’t know what all the fuss is about the train station. The best solution would be to put a train station at the old Central Terminal, another on Exchange Street and a third one at Canalside. Three times the number of people would be employed, and people would have a choice as to which station they could go to. If people drive and park, they could use the old Central Terminal; if they take a bus, they could use Exchange Street or Canalside. The best solution is to build three.

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