Excerpts from reader commentary on News stories and staffers' online blog postings last week. Online comments come from registered users, but comments to the blogs can be posted under pen names.
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Jeff Simon: Following his June 7 commentary on Lady Gaga and various forms of music, including Dylan, the Who, Bartok, Ives, Sonny Rollins and Mississippi Fred MacDowell, Bob Catalano of Derby commented:
I never got deeply into Dylan, either. In fact, I never got deeply into any music. I thought it was all baloney. Don't get me wrong, I always loved my top 40 rock and roll, but I never heard any meaning in any of it. OK, I broke up with my girl and now I'm sad. That's about it.
But I could never understand the reference for Dylan the prophet, the master, the poet laureate of our era. To me his music sounded like more baloney. Besides, I couldn't understand him and didn't like listening to him. Then, 30 years after Dylan came to power I heard him say in an interview that his music wasn't political at all. "I wasn't making any political statement." He said that he keeps telling people that, but nobody believes it.
Paul Simon was once asked the meaning of one of his mystical lyrics. He said, "Look man, it doesn't mean anything. I was just trying to make it rhyme."
So if the music makes you feel good, I think that's good enough.
Charles Croker of Hamburg added:
More power to you, Mr. Simon, but if you did, in fact, dive six layers deep with the likes of Charles Ives, Sonny Rollins and Bela Bartok, something tells me you're going to be somewhat disappointed with Lady Gaga or the Black Eyed Peas.
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Donn Esmonde: A June 8 column about the possibility of Nettie Anderson, 83, and others being cited by the City of Buffalo for "illegal gardens" brought numerous responses, including this from Eric S. Chaffee of Alden:
In most towns, property owners who don't mow and maintain are cited. Perhaps Ms. Anderson should take the city to court for failure to maintain property that it now owns. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Dave Hornung of Buffalo added:
I can see both sides as a former city employee. As long as no eatables are being grown, the city should encourage this. The problem is when fruits and veggies are being put in; then the ground has to be tested. Remember that many of the vacant lots are in older sections of the city where lead-based paint was common, old lead piping for water and other heavy metals such as arsenic could be found; these can be absorbed in plants and then to the people who eat the plants.
The city should be trying to work this out.
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Julian and Adrian Riester: News reporter Robert J. McCarthy's June 2 piece on the inseparable lives and deaths of Julian and Adrian Riester, who joined the Franciscan order together, brought this response from Jim Peters of Little River, S.C.:
What a great gift these brothers had right to the end. It must have been a joy to grow together and feel, want the same things all their lives. Think of all they saw in changes during their long lives and being born at the time 90 years ago. One would have to believe that not only were they twin brothers but also best friends. They were very blessed and I'm sure there has been a special place in heaven for them. God surely has a plan for all.
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Buffalo Sabres: News sports reporter Tyler Dunne's article on the Sabres granting Drew Stafford a contract extension, a four-year deal worth $16 million, brought this surprised response from Daniel Kreppel of Brick, N.J.:
Four mil a year! Wasn't there a lockout because players were overpaid? Hope he can continue to score and thrive with [Derek] Roy, or it will be here we go again. They better sign [Mike] Weber I hope they stay away from [Philadelphia's Mike] Richards. Don't really know what's goin' on, been out of the loop for awhile. Heard [associate coach Brian] McCutcheon is gone, about time.