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November 10, 2012

Protect the children

Tonawanda News — Rod Rowland emailed that when he subbed at a Town of Tonawanda school recently he was partly in charge of dismissal for the walkers.

“Now the parents have to come in ahead of time sign next to their name, show picture ID before they can walk their son or daughter home,” he wrote. “Perhaps two of the parents did not have ID as the regular teacher knew who they are ... Only the fifth-graders are allowed to walk home on their own. I think this is going too far. That same night I talked to my sister, who has to raise her grandchildren. She believes this is necessary, as she claims of three rape cases in NT within the past 10 years. Then I visited friends from West Seneca also playing a big part of their two grandsons lives, they also have to sign and show ID to pick up their grandson. Apparently this is universal. No wonder young kids get no fresh air.”

Sorry, Rod, I disagree. With all the terrible things happening to children who walk alone to and from school, I think this is a good idea. Occasionally I pick up my grandsons and have to sign in as well. At first it seemed odd, but after considering the reason and the horrific consequences that sometimes occur, it’s a good idea. I also like the idea that school bus drivers wait until the kids they leave off are either in the house or have someone greet them. Granted, it’s a sad commentary on life today as most of us walked to the from school with no worries. But we also walked in groups and that doesn’t happen too much today, either.

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Congratulations to Larry Denef on being selected as the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year. As head of Canal Fest, he has no easy job keeping things going and making sure people are happy. A pat on the back as well to Painters Plus Home Decorating for being Business of the Year. Well deserved for its continual work for the community. And finally, at long last, my favorite musician and all around good guy, Matt Piorkowski will receive a lifetime achievement award. Matt, the ultimate accordionist, has had Matt’s Music Store for the past 49 years and has given his time, not just to his students but to charity as well. Whenever I see him play is accordion, it makes me want to take my own out of the closet — luckily for my family, the urges passes quickly.

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