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History will record Obama as the worst president ever

The persistent high unemployment is the overwhelming issue in the coming presidential election. The economy must add 13 million jobs over the next three years to bring the unemployment rate down to 6 percent.

President Obama's policies, which have led to weak economic growth, are holding the economy back. These policies include a growing national debt ($5 trillion incurred in his three and half years), a failed $1 trillion stimulus, job-killing health care mandates, failed investments in green energy projects and a dysfunctional oil and gas energy policy.

The president stated, "things are going in the right direction." But after three and half years of his administration, the average American feels like we are still in a recession.

When the history of the Obama administration is written, it will be recorded as the worst recovery ever because liberal social agendas were promoted instead of a capitalistic growth economy.

John Orlowski

Amherst

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Tax breaks are wasted on non-job producers

Many taxpayers are aware that there is a movement to reform the several town industrial development agencies that exist in Erie County. The reason for the movement is to stop the rampant tax breaks that go to applicants who were not intended to receive them.

IDA stands for industrial development agency. Pizzerias, apartments and bars are not industrial developments. IDAs are supposed to help create good-paying manufacturing jobs.

I am a taxpayer in the Town of Hamburg and I object to the Hamburg IDA, under the leadership of Supervisor Steven Walters, using the Hamburg IDA contrary to its purpose and to the detriment of the taxpayers.

A review of the April 22 article in The Buffalo News revealed the Town of Hamburg IDA projects approved since 2010 resulted in the following: tax breaks of more than $5 million for the applicants; 22 approved projects received these breaks; only 19 percent of the approved projects approved were industrial projects, creating a total of 37 jobs.

The question the Hamburg taxpayers must ask themselves is: Why should we pay more than $5 million of our hard-earned money for these non-industrial projects?

Vincent J. Sorrentino

Hamburg

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Council should get busy, fill South District seat

It is time for the Buffalo Common Council to appoint someone to the vacant seat in the South District. As the days go on without a representative, the residents of the South District continue to have no voice in their city government.

Mayor Byron Brown has proposed a budget that includes precious funds to local block clubs, and with no one sitting in the South District seat, I fear that money that could go to improve our neighborhood will fall by the wayside. It seems to me that the politics of the Council are running directly against the interests of the constituents of the district.

I encourage the community at large to plead with the Common Council to fill the seat so that the entire city is represented during the proposed budget process. It is critical that South Buffalo be included in these proceedings.

Kevin M. Lafferty

South Buffalo

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Solar energy will prove more viable over time

I suppose when learning of solar energy projects, many people find them wasteful, since the return on those projects is not immediate. And yet, how many of us have installed new furnaces with the expectation of a return on our investment in years, not weeks?

Noah built his ark, Henry built his Ford and the Wright brothers built their flying machines in the face of taunts and failures, with returns of survival, speedier transportation and the accessibility of places hitherto out of the realm of weeks of travel. In those cases, rapid results were not an option. It was years before automobiles and plane trips were affordable to the working class.

Solar energy faces the same jeering and skepticism that the dreamers of yesterday had with their horseless carriages and their flying machines, and a ship in the middle of the desert.

Expecting an instant return on the research and development of harnessing renewable resources such as wind and sun is setting oneself up for despair.

Supporting such research and development for clean energy sources is not so sexy when you realize that it may take some time and some failure before success, but it's going to be more affordable and necessary in the future. Instead of making it a political issue, try making it an issue of hope for the future of clean and sustainable energy.

Rebecca Arcese

Depew

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Yoga is not intended to harm, but benefit

I realize a recent My View article concerning the author's dislike for yoga was written, at least partially, tongue-in-cheek. As a certified and registered Hatha and Iyengar-based yoga teacher and a martial arts instructor, it would be a disservice for an article like this to discourage anyone from reaping the positive rewards yoga offers.

It appears the author's yoga teacher was not the optimal choice for her, and the class was beyond her capability. No one should force herself into poses that necessitate bathing in Epsom salts afterward. A good instructor will not twist or pull body parts unreasonably. Rather, an adjustment is done to bring the practitioner into alignment and to open into the pose as fully as possible without being injured.

Speaking of injuries, a good instructor will work with students to ensure they attend classes suitable to their levels. At the same time, students need to take responsibility to learn about the various types and levels of yoga classes available in order to enjoy the benefits.

Concerning the William Broad article that appeared in the New York Times, it was riddled with inaccuracies that prompted those quoted to publicly refute his statements. Compared to injuries suffered by bicyclists or folks jumping on trampolines, yoga is incredibly safe.

I strongly urge anyone interested in yoga to conduct some research and find an instructor and class appropriate to his or her needs and abilities. The goal should be to enjoy the essence of yoga, including harmony, balance and peace.

Whatever a practitioner is looking for, from body toning to weight loss, strengthening to lengthening, calming to awakening, or relaxing and breathing to invigorating practices, there is a method and a teacher who can fill those needs without causing injury.

Michael Sutton

Owner, Rising Sun Yoga Center

Williamsville