Tonawanda News

Opinion

February 10, 2014

The fight's not over

Tonawanda News — Kudos to Bill Paton who sent in a very thoughtful Letter to the Editor last week. His point was that there should be some place that students should be able to be trained for the trades: carpenters, electricians. bricklayers, car mechanics ... and the list goes on.

My dad and his seven brothers were all bricklayers and my brothers, even though they went on to college, were bricklayers. Not only are these admirable careers, but well paying. Remember when high school boys took shop and the girls took home-ec? (Actually when our sons were in high school, they offered a course in home-ec just for the guys. It was always a full class.) Not everyone wants to go to college or wants a Regents diploma. ECC and NCCC offer great hands-on courses and should receive more attention.

Thanks

Jenna Koch, Tonawanda councilwoman, sent a thank you for having been mentioned in last week’s column.

Jenna’s note included: “As I said from day one, I would do my homework and due dilligence on each resolution that comes before me during my term on the council. I firmly believe that we have to find a solution to improving our intersections here in Tonawanda. But, I do not believe that RedFlex is the answer. I have researched the history of this company and past dealings, and their reputation speaks fot itself. I have lived in the City of Tonawanda my entire life, and will do my very best to improve the quality of life to those who live here. We deserve nothing but the very best in our city, and I will work day in and day out to ensure that.”

How about that for outspoken pride in one’s city? Keep it up, Jenna.

Stop reading

If you don’t care to read anything else about St. Francis School and its fight to stay open, turn to another section of the paper because, in response to calls, emails and meetings on the subject, the rest of this space is dedicated to the school and its dedicated staff, alumni and friends who are more than determined to keep it open, especially with a healthy enrollment of 150 in kindergarten to eighth-grade and another 40 in preschool.

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