Rescuing animals is?difficult, worthwhile

Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows how much joy these wonderful beings bring to our lives. The perpetual childlike behavior, the blessed ignorance to the problems of the world and everyday life, that unconditional love.

When I saw the immense suffering that feral cats endure, I made a conscious decision to help them. There were cat colonies that took years to clean up. One by one I trapped the cats humanely, brought them into my home, patched them up, got them fixed and vaccinated and adopted them into loving homes. There were cats with ruptured eyes, fractured tails and abscessed paws. There were starving, motherless kittens, and cats that had been attacked by raccoons.

In the 10 years that I've been doing animal rescue, I've spent $200,000 of my own money and countless hours socializing the cats and kittens and finding them a forever home.

I've rescued and adopted cats and kittens to people all over Western New York. The SPCA has been in my house at least once a year for the past five years, and I have never been cited for hoarding, animal abuse or a filthy, smelly house.

I could live a comfortable life free of the worries and responsibilities of animal rescue. But I choose to help ease the suffering of these beautiful creatures.

It's easy to slander someone. It's hard to do animal rescue. Yes, there are cats in cat trees in every window of my home. You may or may not know this, but cats love to look out of windows.

Donna Canorro

Bob The Cat Rescue

West Seneca


‘Hauling' bodies is? poor choice of words

Does Niagara County Legislature Deputy Clerk Roxanne M. Morgan think a human corpse is garbage? I'm referring to a Sept. 17 News article regarding the cost increase for autopsies performed on deceased Niagara County residents at the Erie County Medical Center.

In the article, according to the deputy clerk, the transportation services that haul bodies to Buffalo also are asking for price increases. Niagara County "hauls" bodies to Buffalo for autopsies? In what way – the back of a pickup truck? Haul is "a pulling with force, to transport by draw, to drag, to tug." I've had trash hauled. I had a wrecker haul a car from my driveway and take it to a scrap yard. But to "haul" a body is a disgraceful term to use and is disrespectful to the deceased and their families.

Margaret M. Gilmartin



Let's examine facts,? ignore political spin

Now that the primary elections are over, voters can brace themselves for the traditional onslaught of political advertisements.

These days, it appears the general public has accepted the concept that we need independent "fact checking" to determine the verisimilitude of the information we receive from those seeking public office. It is said the best way to lie is to tell the truth, but not the whole truth. Why has "political spin" become acceptable in our society?

I suggest voters hold candidates to a higher standard than political rhetoric that is deceptive, misleading or downright dishonest. After all, they are asking us to trust them with our government operations that effect everyday life.

As an officer of senior organizations, I personally checked several sources to get the truth about Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. These sources maintain that the act will ensure Medicare is fully funded until 2024, extending the life of Medicare for an additional seven years and offering many other benefits to seniors, working-class families and the poor.

My conclusion is that any office seeker who is characterizing the new health care law as detrimental to Medicare and the American people is perpetrating a falsehood and is unworthy of my vote.

Electing officials with dubious integrity has cost us dearly in blood and treasure. This country is still suffering from the economic fallout of an unfunded war that was based on an argument of weapons of mass destruction that never surfaced.

This election, seek out capable candidates who are forthright and honest. The times are too serious for our country to be led by those who resort to political chicanery to win office.

Stephen J. Muscarella

President, Buffalo Chapter Public Employees Federation Retirees

East Amherst


People must wake up,? let the Buffalo Bills go

I picked up The News on Sept. 15 and a front-page headline read: "Light ticket sales put Bills in line for four blackouts."

I was raised in the '40s and '50s and in school we were taught that the top headline in the newspaper is the most important item of that particular day. The Bills' four blackouts is the most important item of the day!

Let's see – a presidential race this year, an ambassador murdered in Libya, an economic recession, local political races – and who came in first? The Buffalo Bills.

The third-poorest city in the United States, and the best we can do is a football team that costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands per year? And now we are asked to cough up many millions to invest in a product (the Bills) that has no future here and isn't a growth stock.

If your family had a $20,000 per-year income, would you get a mortgage on a $200,000 house? No. So why is it that a poor city like Buffalo thinks it can afford the NFL or the Buffalo Bills?

Neither the county executive nor the mayor of Buffalo has a clue as to what this investment means. People, wake up, let the Bills go. Get a life, enjoy a day with your family, visit your elderly parents. What person would take his loved ones to a Bills game? The normal behavior at a game isn't even tolerable for people in prison. Shame on our leaders; no guts.

John Ott



Kudos to officials? pursuing cemetery

Hats off to John Abraham and the Lancaster Town Board members for fighting to bring a regional veterans cemetery to Western New York. They stepped up and did what was right after Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli rescinded Lancaster's application. Once again, Lancaster is in the running to have the honor of a Veterans National Cemetery in town.

When my father, a World War II veteran (awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart), died in 1999, our family debated whether to bury Dad at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. We ultimately decided not to because we wanted his grave site closer to home. If a veterans cemetery had been in a nearby town like Lancaster, I'm sure my father would be resting there, in that place of honor, now.

I urge Lancaster Town Board members to keep up the fight. If they are successful, it will be a win-win-win for the departed veterans, their families and Western New York.

Peter J. Meyers