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.
SulliView: News Editor Margaret Sullivan's blog regarding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's not so generous comment about Buffalo's hotels elicited much response,including this from Donmoran47:
I have traveled to many places in the states. The bottom line to this is that all of them have good and bad hotels. I think Brady is just trying to be cute at Buffalo's expense. The truth of the matter is Brady is the fool.
In all my travels, including Buffalo, I have found you get what you pay for. If the Patriots were not so financially conservative, they could find many amazing places to stay in Western New York.
clayblasde added this:
I don't think Brady's remarks were meant to be malicious. For some odd reason, people who have been burned with a dumpy, dirty hotel room have a tendency to recall those conditions many years later. Even after decades, people can often recall the details of why it was a dump. The same goes for hospitals. Those memories are scarred into people's memories. Before Buffalo circles the wagons, maybe we should ask people familiar with the hotel/motel in question if the places are actually dumpy. OMG, what if it's true?
Saving the air base: Following an article by News staff reporter Charlie Specht featuring efforts by Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul to save the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Anthony Kissling of Buffalo wrote:
The Niagara Falls air base is one of the great treasures of the Buffalo Niagara region. It is as large as JFK in New York City, it is contiguous to Canada, has great roads, a good work force, plenty of older warehouse buildings, a good infrastructure, etc. It is perfect for a cargo airport for goods being imported into the United States from abroad. The savings over many other airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts is enormous and the economic impact for this region would be tremendous. I think that this idea is something the governor and other think tanks should consider.
Minimum wage: An article by News staff reporters David Robinson, Tom Precious and Emma Sapong on a proposal by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to increase the state's minimum wage brought several comments, including this from Walter Reeves of West Seneca:
The United States should boost the minimum wage on a federal scale because it would not only help our lowest-paid workers but it would increase the entire economy. According to the Economic Policy Institute, every dollar increased in wages for a worker on the bottom rung of the pay scale creates more than $3,500 in new spending after one year. By increasing the minimum wage by only one dollar to $8.25 it would pump over $9 billion back into the economy. Cutting taxes to incentivize job creation is backward logic. Getting more money to the workers increases sales, which in turn increases jobs.
Chris Hayes of Asheville, N.C., had this to say:
It's a teeny step in the right direction teeny. Minimum wage should be about $13 an hour in all 50 states. I can just hear guys like Dubya Bush saying the idea is bad for business, but think for a minute here. If more and more of the bottom 99 percent earned higher wages, they would also be paying higher taxes more people paying higher taxes might translate into a tax cut for the businesses.
Name dropping: In response to an article by News staff reporter Stephen T. Watson on the practice by some public officials of putting their names on publicly owned property, Don Nowak of West Valley said:
Hats off to any official that refuses to participate in this exercise of excess ego and wasteful spending. I can see nameplates or stencils on offices, but the placing of one's name on signage in public places is both costly and unnecessary. As someone in the article stated, these are public properties which these officials manage, not own.