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.
Bills parking: Following numerous responses to News staff reporter Gene Warner's Aug. 9 piece about the team's new "Disney-style parking" plan, Don Christie of Buffalo had this to say:
Anyone who thinks these changes are about anything other than money is kidding themselves. Opening the lots an hour later means one less hour they have to pay security. Adjusting the traffic patterns leaving the stadium was done primarily to get people out of the lots faster, again so there's less time they have to pay security. If you're stuck in traffic going away from your destination once you get outside the stadium, they really don't care.
They'll put the cars right next to each other in the lots to maximize the number of cars in the lot. If you're stuck next to somebody playing loud music and want to park somewhere else, too bad -- you already gave them your money.
But Chris Krueger of Buffalo doesn't think it's a bad idea:
Agree with the changes. I'm sure more people would like to bring their kids to the game without witnessing beer bottles being thrown, fights, aggressive insulting behavior and a scene that would be reminiscent of a Grateful Dead concert back in day other than an NFL game.
Trail or rail?: News staff reporter Robert J. McCarthy's Aug. 11 article on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's vision of the use of its portion of an old railroad right of way running north from Kenmore Avenue brought this tepid reaction from Christopher Kijowski of North Tonawanda:
Another Western New York debacle. Extending the railway was being discussed shortly after the original "train to nowhere" had begun use. The population of Western New York has been reduced yet again as a result of people leaving the area. Nothing as per usual will be accomplished.
Tom Ermer of the Town of Tonawanda took a different stance:
A paved trail would be GREAT. Let's use it for something while the money is available. This should have been done years ago. It has not been used by the NFTA for the past 30-plus years. The bike path from Akron to Transit Road is used by hundreds of people daily, why not get this done? We already have half-empty buses running to downtown, if the NFTA wants to build something, put something in place from the airport to downtown along the Kensington Expressway. Has the NFTA ever looked at all the traffic commuting along that road?
Training camp: News sports writer Rodney McKissic's Aug. 9 piece, "Tempers flare at camp: Defense gets the better of the offense, recording five sacks." brought this comment from Robert McAvoy of Wildwood, Mo.:
Of course the defense looked great. When there is no offensive tackles to block, you will give up eight sacks in the game, and have the QB running scared the whole game and dumping short passes on third and eight. Welcome to the "improved" Bills of 2011.
Scott Byrnes of Orlando, Fla., added:
Well, if the defense is indeed really better, then that is a start. Still, I say no more than six wins.
Jeff Miers: The News pop music critic's Aug. 9 glowing review of jazz legends "Return to Forever," with Frank Zappa repertory ensemble "Zappa Plays Zappa" as the opening act, brought this agreement from Tim Lund of West Valley:
Among the best shows I have seen in my 40-plus years of concerts. Chick Corea's inspired playing even had the audience singing along to his piano riffs, the only time I have seen that at a jazz show. Great fun!
Pat Fagan of East Syracuse agreed:
Outrageous concert. Saw RTF4 at the Syracuse Jazz Fest in June (FREE). Had to be in Buffalo yesterday so I thought I would confirm what I experienced in Syracuse. I did. I agree it is one of the best concerts I've been to of any genre.