Tonawanda News —
Let’s be honest, Mr. Riso’s letter was a feeble attempt to take the heat off the diocese. Nice try, but I think we’ll continue to “vent our frustration” at the real problem. I’m sure Bishop Malone didn’t expect the kind of fallout he’s dealing with. The bishop found out very quickly that St. Francis is a small school with the heart of a lion, and the backing of a former judge, city councils, mayors and even state senators. If the bishop succeeds, closing St. Francis of Assisi School will forever be seen as a travesty in judgment. A black eye on the Buffalo Diocese for a mistake the bishop will probably never own up to. All of these displaced families, and not just at St. Francis, are probably looking at public schools as their only realistic option. As the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” We promised our children 4 years ago this wouldn’t happen again. Children tend to remember broken promises. ... usually for the rest of their lives.
North Tonawanda resident and St. Francis parent