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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.

Buffalo Sabres: News sports columnist Bucky Gleason's piece, "Who didn't write off the Sabres?" brought some empathetic response, including this from Michael Pierro of Amherst:

Bucky, you got it right. The fact that this team came out so flat and let the Leafs take a 3-0 lead speaks volumes. The intensity they had the last 10 minutes is the way they should have started the game. We will see Thursday. This team definitely has talent. It is the effort that is lacking a lot of the times. The 80th game of the year and (Brad) Boyes sits as a healthy scratch. I'm sorry I was a Lindy (Ruff) fan, but his time to go has arrived. Fifteen years with his record is a head scratcher. If he supposedly has the best goalie in the league, that would be the second time he could say that and the team still is without a Cup.

Janna Brackett of Farmington said:

The intensity this team had in the last two periods of last night's game HAS to be there for a FULL 60 MINUTES against Philly and Boston if this team has a shot at making the playoffs. I admit I changed the channel after the Leafs made it 3-0, then changed it back just before the Sabres scored to make it 5-4. That was some wild ending to this game, and this team didn't give up. If this game had been played a few months ago, it would have been over after the first period. Let's Go Buffalo!

James White of East Aurora said, simply:

That was the best Sabres game I ever watched! I still believe.

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Earl's: In a response to an article by News staff reporter Barbara O'Brien on the closing of Earl's Real Food Family Restaurant in Chaffee, Elizabeth Pauly of Tonawanda bemoaned:

Wish I could be there. Gotta work. LOVED Earl's and will miss the place and the man! There is NOTHING quite like Earl's -- truly a HOMEY environment and food! Earl's was our summertime home away from trailer when camping and didn't want to cook. What a unique and fun place. WE WILL MISS YOU EARL!

Duane Bace of Henderson, Nev. added:

Also sorry to hear that Earls is closed. It was a some time stop for something to eat on the way to or from my in-laws who lived in Farmersville. Always had [home] made desserts, a lot from a Rushford bakery

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Finally, Honor: Lou Michel's news story about the changing attitudes toward Vietnam veterans some five decades later brought this comment from Kathleen Martino of Amherst:

I was in kindergarten when my brother came home from Vietnam in 1970. My whole family was at the Buffalo Airport to greet him and I can still see him coming up the escalator and seeing all of us. At my school we had "show and tell" and I brought my brother in his Marine Corps uniform. All the kids wrote him "welcome home" cards and he left there with a duffel bag full of them! Semper Fi, Pete!

Tim Roof of Lancaster shared this greeting:

Welcome home boys. Tim Roof, Iraq War Veteran

And John Wokasien of Orchard Park added his own:

Job well done, Men, Welcome home.

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Billboard: Mark Gaughan's blog about Buffalo Bills free agent tackle Demetress Bell who will soon be reunited with his former mentor, Jason Peters, in Philadelphia brought this comment from GridIron79:

He would not replace a healthy Jason Peters! What a boondoggle deal letting Peters go! We Still haven't replaced him!

ArizonaGary wondered:

Who misses Peters? He's been hurt more often than not. He hasn't been anything close to the prospect he was when he was a Bill. Let's get past that three-year-old transaction and stop wanting this waste of a roster spot.