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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Sabres: In response to News NHL columnist Bucky Gleason's story, "Sabres giving off bad vibrations," Bill Janus of Dillon, Mont., lamented:
I'm no longer angry at this team. I'm no longer frustrated with this team. I've reached the point of actually feeling very sorry for the players. Once you give up the fantasy of this team reaching the playoffs and of being a championship caliber team, which they obviously are not, it becomes easy to feel sympathy for the players. The reality is that this team is just not good enough, and we have to accept this reality. It's not fair to expect average players to be contenders. You gotta feel sorry for the players because this is so ugly.
Janna Brackett of Farmington added:
This team is "waiting for someone to lead them" out of this mess they're in, "waiting for those lucky breaks, bounces, chances," etc. Good teams don't wait -- they make it happen themselves.
These guys are content to sit around and "wait" for it to happen. In the meantime other teams are battling for points to move up in the standings. Other teams have players who will step up their game to fill in for injured players, are making trades, firing coaches, etc. -- whatever they need to do to get their team moving in the right direction.
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Sweet Tooth: Upon reading a News report that the popular bakery, confectioner and ice cream shop closed after more than 21 years, Dave Hyzy of Tonawanda wrote:
This is very sad news. Sweet Tooth had become an important member of the Allentown community. Unfortunately, it is getting harder and harder to function as an independent entity in this world. Sadly, no one seems willing to pay a premium for "local" and "homemade" anymore. I wish the owners all the best, and hope for good luck with their health concerns.
Angelo Turco of Buffalo added:
Saying goodbye is always difficult. I know the owners personally. Bill and Renee are wonderful, hard-working people. The Elmwood Strip will seem empty without their presence. I loved their cheesecake and all the other delicious treats they served up over the years.
Sweet Tooth was a quality-run business. Their customer service and food products always brought a smile to my face (and stomach . . lol).
From myself, and our entire staff, thank you Bill and Renee for your friendship and delicious food you served for the past 20-plus years!
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Waterfront progress: News staff reporter Mark Sommer's piece about the Canalside "tipping point" and other signs of progress brought this cautionary comment from Josh Bauer of Buffalo:
and then, "don't hold your breath" is murmured somewhere in the room. I hate to have a fatalistic attitude about every project ever conceived down there but, come on. We've been "planning" my entire life! Do we, as a collective region, really believe that the $1 billion is actually going to be handled and dispersed properly? The down-staters will be licking their chops at an opportunity to snatch that money up. We conduct more studies than any other place in the country. This region's analyzing is paralyzing.
I'm very excited about the possibilities at the waterfront and really hope that they prove everyone, including myself, wrong But I certainly won't be holding my breath.
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Girl Scouts, forever: News staff reporter Jay Rey's account of 90-year-old Gregorina Cooper and "Greg's Girls," brought this heartfelt observation from Christopher Dycha of North Tonawanda:
What an amazing testament to the long-term, positive effects scouting has on a young person's life. The lifelong lessons learned are endless for the young boy or girl, which eventually helps transition them to become a contributor to society. These people observed and learned well. In addition to learning self-sufficient survival skills, they matured as compassionate, respectful givers and teachers themselves.