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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Climate change?: An article by News Albany bureau chief Tom Precious on a three-year study by scientists on how climate change will radically transform New York State by 2080 brought several responses and this thought from Michael Szymanski of Orchard Park:
Climate change has always been a fact of life here on planet Earth. Just look back at the history of cooling and warming trends over the past 150,000 years for all the scientific proof you need. Climate change is a natural (not man-made) event.
Be realistic, stop fretting about things that cannot be changed and adapt to the new climate reality. Enjoy the earlier spring, the warmer summers and the milder fall weather. Sure it will cost a little more to cool your house in the summer but, on the other hand, it will cost less to heat your house in the winter.
New York leaders should stress the many positive aspects climate change will bring and not constantly dwell on the negatives. Adapt and get used to natural occurring climate change. Take advantage of what we will have.
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Black Friday: In response to a News editorial on this year's outrageously early Black Friday shopping hours, Judith Hatrick of Blasdell reflected:
It's so nice to hear so many people voicing their opinions in favor of Thanksgiving being a day to be thankful for all you have and looking forward to the meal, spending time with family, relaxing, whether it be watching a football game or a movie or playing games, not thinking about shopping. What are we teaching our children?
Stop and reflect on the true meaning of the holidays and start teaching your children some values. Parents indulge their children entirely too much, today. Having love, family, morals and values goes a lot farther in molding your children than having the latest electronic device. Maybe if more time were spent on family values, the world would be a better place to live in.
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Early Christmas: News staff reporter Charity Vogel's article, "Like it or not, 'tis the holiday season -- already," elicited this comment from Phyllis Blum of Pittsburgh, Pa.:
Having worked in retail and the floral industry most of my adult life, I have to say the Christmas season is never long enough for me I start planning cookies and what cards to send the beginning of November It is a happy season that makes me smile and sing I love everything about it. People seem genuinely nicer during the holidays. Guess I never thought much about Thanksgiving because to our family it was the day that Dad was out hunting and came home just in time for dinner. Thanksgiving was a lot of work for just one meal. Hearing Christmas music brings a smile to my face. I also keep the tree and Nativity scene up for most of January and once even into February. If the holidays can make people happy and friendlier, I'm all for stretching it out as long as possible.
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Miller Time: News sports reporter John Vogl's piece on the struggles of Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller brought this from Luke Crawford of Cranberry, Pa.:
From day one when a kid starts playing hockey, we are told to protect our goalie and stand up for our teammates. Miller just did that by saying what he just said. My only hope is that this is a starting point that lights a fire under them. There is a difference in being a goon and standing up for the guys you play with and for. Do you think if Ozzie or Stevie Y ever got hit the way Miller did back in the late '90s, that Shanny wouldn't have dropped the gloves the very next time he was on the ice? This was a guy who could score 40 goals a season yet if anybody even bumped his teammate wrong he would drop the gloves.
Maybe there was no suspension because he is a product of Old Time Hockey and knows that there are some things the guys on the bench should take care of, not the league! Maybe it's a message to tell our guys to toughen up!