Tonawanda News

Opinion

August 17, 2013

TUCKER: Towns grow old with us

Tonawanda News — Getting Old

Ken-Ton is an aging community, Dan Wiles, director of the Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels, explained at a recent meeting of the Erie-Niagara Sunrise Exchange Club. Dan headed the Town’s Youth, Parks and Recreation Department for 13 years, then after finding retirement “boring,” had a call asking him to head the Meals on Wheels. He said when he started his new job, he tried out every job just to know what his 200 volunteers do. He had some new ideas, one of which is “Adopt-a-Day” for $99 for businesses that want to help and also get their name out in the community. One of the points he made is how “old” this area is. Kenmore, the Town and City of Tonawanda are pretty much filled out.

“Young couples don’t want to buy homes with small lots, so they go further out, buy large properties, then later come back for the lower taxes and good services.”

It’s tough even for cities and towns to grow old.

Dumber

Rod Rowland emailed that he disagreed with last week’s column saying that students are not dumber than in the past.

Ron wrote: “I believe that technology is dumbing us down. For instance, as a substitute, I have walked into a high school math class and have seen kids ask for a calculator to literally multiply 4 by 3. Those are the better students. The lesser student sees a sub and simply shuts down. On another occasion, I got annoyed at a student who had to go get a calculator to divide 108 by 2. This student was a special ed student and I wound up getting taken to task, called down to the principal for that. On another occasion, perhaps the best student in the class, stayed after to finish up a test, and I noticed (she wrote) 4 squared equals 16. Many people do not have phone numbers committed to memory anymore, they just have them stored in their cell phones.”

Text Only
Opinion
  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg DUVALL: In defense of the Common Core

    They've become the two dirtiest words in education, but the Common Core is very much worth defending.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Bits and pieces from out and about Ever since it was restored and opened, the Hotel @ Lafayette in downtown Buffalo has fascinated me. Last Monday, the Preservation Buffalo Niagara offered a tour of the hotel led by developer Rocco Termini.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug - adamczyk.jpg ADAMCZYK: Kenmore is a village made of bricks Buffalo and surrounding environs have brick buildings galore, often in the process of repurpose. Whole neighborhoods made of brick await development, redevelopment, gentrification, whatever wand will be waved at them to make them function again. Structures here tend not to be razed; they fall down occasionally but typically simply stand and wait.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • leffler, scott.jpg LEFFLER: Justice is blind -- and deaf and dumb I've always been intrigued by the concept of justice. I say concept because it really seems more theoretical to me than practical. One man's justice is another man's nightmare.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: Don't go soft on teenage criminals

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg For Sabres, more suffering is on tap

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Taking down trees 'disheartening' Several readers have questioned the City of Tonawanda's tree removal program. An email to Jenna Koch, who represents the third ward and checks into any query on the city, explained the program.


    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug - adamczyk.jpg [Duplicate] ADAMCZYK: Letterman was on my side The announcement that Mr. Letterman is retiring from his groundbreaking television program, sometime in 2015, is already old news, but it gives opportunity to ponder a few truisms about history and modern life.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Leffler Mug 041114 [Duplicate] LEFFLER: 'Need to know' a double-edged sword Inquisitive doesn't begin to describe me. I must know everything. About everything. I hate being in the dark. I guess that's what makes my career choice so very obvious. I think "must know everything" is at the top of most journalists' trait lists.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wallace, Amy BW mug WALLACE: Airplane coverage has gone awry I don't know about you, but I am so sick of the cable news stations' constant coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo