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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.

Restoring history: In response to an article by News staff reporter Mark Sommer on the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site's expansion to its original 1901 boundaries, Arldean Alejandro of Carthage, Mo., wrote:

I have always loved this house, especially at Christmas. It's good to see this restoration. When I come back to Buffalo for a visit, I will surely make a stop there once again.

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Adirondacks: News Albany bureau chief Tom Precious' piece on attracting tourists after Tropical Storm Irene brought this observation from Rebecca Steffan of Lake Placid:

I went to the Adirondack Museum's Rustic Furniture Fair last weekend -- a gorgeous drive from Lake Placid through Tupper Lake, Long Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. All gorgeous and glimmering under warm fall sunshine. The only roadblock in place was for a group of Corvettes on their way to a rally somewhere!

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Buffalo Bills: In response to News sports reporter Mark Gaughan's article on the team's big victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, Bill Chapin of Gambrills, Md., advised:

Great game all the way around yesterday. Lots of positives, but until we beat the New York Jets or the Pats, we need to stay grounded. If we win in week 3 in ANY way, then it will be time to get excited. Can't wait for that. Feast up though, we need to focus on Oakland.

By the way, how did old Lee Evans do yesterday? Oh yeah, he had as many catches as I did!

Dave Todaro of Springfield, Va., confessed:

OK, I'll man up. I came on here not too long ago predicting this team would be absolutely embarrassing. I'm glad they proved me wrong -- for week 1, anyway.

But it's just one week. Let's see what happens at home, where the Bills have not played well for a long time. And then, let's see whether they are competitive vs. the beasts of the East. I'm not trying to sound a downer, but they still need to win two or three more games this year to match my expectations.

I'll say this: the Lee Evans move doesn't look quite as horrible and mercenary after the aerial show yesterday.

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Behind Council Races: News political reporter Robert J. McCarthy's piece on the primary brought this analogy from Bruce Sanders of Buffalo:

I became eligible to vote in 1966. I have never missed a general election and have maybe missed one primary. That being said, the primary and electoral process reminds me more and more of having to order from a menu that has been written by somebody else and doesn't have what you want.

Remember Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces?"

[Bobby wants toast, which isn't on the menu.]

Bobby: I'd like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.

Waitress: A #2, chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?

Bobby: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.

Of course, maybe if I don't like the candidates, I should run myself?

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Catnip: News staff reporter Anne Neville's story about Jake's Place, a cat shelter in a South Buffalo apartment building, brought this comment from Mary Fornes of Springville:

Hope for Cats is one of the best rescue organizations that is out there. They are a group of very caring people. The cats are cared for better than most "owned" pets -- this is the truth!

Please adopt a cat (or two) -- you will be happy you did!

Thanks to Karen and all at Hope for Cats for the great work you do!