Niagara Gazette — With New York state spending more per capita on financial aid to higher education, the Obama visit to the University of Buffalo campus has more to do with restructuring the way parents are forced to pay for college costs. The president seems serious about addressing a major concern: That the average tuition at a four-year college has tripled in the last 30 years and, as a result, the typical student dependent on a loan has inherited a $26,000 debt. Obviously, we weren’t told in advance about any details of the president’s proposals, but it is reported his plan is designed to help middle-class families.
SHOWING THE WAY: A baseball fan for all seasons noted the stark contrast between the New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox game and the Little League World Series game that same night in Williamsport, Pa. And it was more than just the age gap. It was a disgusting and ugly scene in Major League Baseball.
At Fenway Park, Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster seemed determined to bean Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez, still playing while he awaits the ruling on his appeal of a performance-enhancement drug suspension. After a couple of close throws, Dempster finally hit A-Rod and that brought Yankee manage Joe Girardi storming out of the dugout that echoed a litany of gripes aimed at the umpire. Meanwhile, in Williamsport, the 12- and 13-year-olds were displaying every conceivable form of sportsmanship, from constant respect to the umpire to friendly nods toward the opposing team. In one memorable moment, the second baseman extended a high-five to the home-run hitter rounding the bases. Maybe the Little Leaguers could provide their adult counterparts with a few valuable lessons.
TRIVIA: Who was the first woman ever nominated for U.S. vice president? (Answer Sunday).
TALKING POLITICS: Overheard in Players Lounge, Niagara Street: “Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen” — an informed customer who has studied the subject for years.Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311.