Tonawanda News


May 17, 2014

TUCKER: How often can the bishop be wrong?

Tonawanda News — So Bishop Malone. head of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, is “relieved” that the Vatican rejected the appeal by St. Francis of Assisi School in the City of Tonawanda to stay open.

My bet is that Sister Carol Cimino and Carol Kostyniak, his cohorts in the education department, are also relieved that they can now come out of hiding and go on about their work of killing off more schools.

Well, good for them. I, for one, am not relieved, but even more angered that the trio would not meet with, nor talk with, nor respond to anyone.

In fact, the bishop released the result of the appeal to the media before he (or anyone) told the school. The information was in a letter to parents which students were asked to take home. How nice is that?

If ever I needed a lawyer to defend me and go to the limit to do so, it would be Mark Saltarelli, who has been fighting this since it was announced months ago. As of this writing (Friday) he had not yet received a letter from Rome which of course he would turn over to Father Mike (Uebler) to have.

“If I receive the letter ...  I will continue to secure an attorney licensed to practice before the Apostolic Signatura. Keep in mind that the Apostolic Signatura is more in line with the thinking of Pope Francis since many of the Cardinals here were chosen by him. The minds of the congregation in the Roman Curia were still remnants of Pope Benedict. This is not over!”

But before going any further, praise should be given to those, who like Mark, jumped on board and continue to fight.

Leanne Kolepp and Fritz Gorbach started the Facebook page which kept the more than 1,000 people visited. They brought Carolyn Gorski on board to keep the Facebook page up to date with the wonderful accomplishments of the students and teachers. They, along with Linda Carlson, came up with bumper stickers, T-shirts and sweatshirts. Carolyn led the challenge for the school to win the Channel 2 Weather Word contest.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

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