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Our hearts go out to the Wilson family

Army Staff Sgt. William Wilson III was laid to rest on April 6. May the God of his faith provide a life everlasting of peace, tranquility, joy and warmth.

I didn't know Billy, but I knew when he was home. The "Welcome Home Billy" sign on the lawn fueled my imagination with visions of laughter, hugs, favorite meals and much-deserved down time. The driveway was full of cars and trucks, friends come to call. Then the sign disappeared, leaving a quieter home, a family alone with their thoughts of Billy. Many times, I thought I would pull in that driveway and shake Billy's hand, thanking him for his service. But I never did.

A couple of weeks ago, flags and cars filled the yard. The sign was not on the lawn, but it was just a matter of time. He had been home just a few weeks before; how wonderful that he would be home again so soon. The next morning, getting ready for work and listening to the local news, I heard of a local soldier who died and the words "Billy" and "Getzville."

Hundreds are touched by the Wilson family. The curbsides of Heim and Dodge roads are lined with flags, meeting at the corner, Billy's home. Houses are flying the colors of Billy's beloved country, many at half-staff. How many know the Wilson family? Does it matter? My son asked me why Billy's death is such a big deal to me. Why not the others? Why do I care more about Billy and his family? I don't know why. I just know that I do.

Billy's Aunt Judy told me that his family was at the base in Dover, Del. They were there to bring Billy home.

The Gold Star flag is raised next to the Stars and Stripes on the big tree in the front yard. Underneath the flags is the sign, now with much different meaning. On behalf of those of us who pass your home, for whom you served so bravely and resolutely, let me say: Welcome home, Billy.

Nancy Dempsey

East Amherst

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President's remarks are cause for concern

At times, over the course of the past three years, I have been concerned about my inability to understand, process and rationalize recent events. It seemed that my interpretation of certain national and international issues facing our nation differed markedly from those of the current administration. My concern rose when I found myself disagreeing widely with most of the decisions, strategies and policies that President Obama has employed to address the nation's difficulties.

One assumes that the president is a patriot, and that he is fully conversant on the issues. Further, he is assisted by a cadre of well-informed advisers and allegedly surrounded by experts in a myriad of fields. Therefore, citizens usually have some level of comfort in the direction set by the president.

However, a number of issues seem to have shaken the public confidence. No longer can there be a question about the glaring disparity between Obama's words and his actions. Many of his decisions stand in stark contrast to the collective wisdom of a majority of Americans. Not infrequently he has made statements that clearly contradict fact. To be candid, some of his comments are insulting to any thinking person.

Highly egregious is his remark concerning the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit reacted swiftly to what appeared to be the president's questioning of judicial authority and the constitutionally prescribed function of the Supreme Court. This is serious stuff.

From America's damaged relationships with Israel, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Canada, to Obama's addiction to green energy, to his whispered nuclear disarmament comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, to his puzzling rejection of the Keystone pipeline, this administration's policies and actions are strangely incoherent. I understand now why my perception of reality differs so dramatically from that of the current leadership. The president is playing in a different game -- but what game?

Nicholas D. Mecca

Williamsville

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Let's all pitch in, keep region clean

For some time now, I have been noticing that people in our area have been littering increasingly. School parks are filled with pop cans, chip bags and even condoms. We now see playgrounds that have become landfills. I am putting the blame on everyone; we can all do our part and make an effort to stop this situation now. Too many people have become lazy. Destruction has become commonplace, ruining the earth, our home in which we live. Many are destroying its beauty and not preserving it for the future generations to enjoy.

Given the choice, shouldn't we all make the decision to help save this fragile planet? Or should we just be complacent, waiting until earth has become completely damaged. You may not be the one littering, but not doing anything about it can be just as bad and consequently things will never change. Perhaps we should have stricter laws and higher fines for littering, and more so, police should enforce these littering laws.

Earth Day is coming up, so let's open our eyes and look around and fix this problem. We can all do our part to better Buffalo as a whole. School playgrounds, parks and streets shouldn't be filled with our trash. It takes a small-minded person to throw his garbage out of the window; it takes an even bigger person to put it in the proper place. Respect earth like we respect our homes, because when it comes right down to it, earth is our home.

Genevieve Georgeson

Kenmore

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'Reason Rally' is serious misnomer

There was a recent article in The Buffalo News about a rally staged by atheists and secularists in Washington espousing "reason" and not "the myth of God," for the world being as it is today. They called this the first "Reason Rally" and invited all those with like beliefs, who do not believe in God, to take part.

However, I find the phrase "Reason Rally" a serious misnomer. What this rally is promoting to everyone is that no one created us or the universe. It was just a conglomeration of coincidences that brought us to our present situation in the general scheme of things. That is a heck of a lot of coincidences to believe in, even for the participants of this rally, who can't reasonably explain why all things follow synergic patterns of behavior, as if they were planned by some high-tech engineer.

Reason tells me that nothing creates nothing and for anything to exist, one must have a plan or blueprint to make it so, just like the plan for this gathering in Washington. Looking at the universe, and our own planet, one must admit, there is quite a bit of planning going on here, and coincidence just doesn't cut it.

In the mind of any reasonable, thinking person, labels like the supreme being, God, Allah, the creator, or the all knowing, seem appropriate for whomever or whatever is responsible for all of this. Reason as promoted by this rally, denying that logic, seems very empty and unreasonable indeed.

Norman Machynski

Cheektowaga