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Davila's cause of death ?was likely a broken heart

Susan Davila was a wonderful woman who lived for her cats. She devoted more than 10 years of her life healing, comforting and finding good homes for hundreds of unwanted cats and kittens. In recent years she opened a storefront in the Eastern Hills Mall and was able to adopt out 1,082 cats and kittens in just under two years. This storefront was a godsend to the Wyoming County SPCA because people just didn't want to drive all the way to Attica to adopt a pet.

When Attica prisoners who tended to the prison gardens were told they could no longer keep the cats that lived in the fields, it was Susan Davila who took the cats in. When people drove by the Wyoming shelter and dropped off cats and kittens in the middle of the night, it was Susan Davila who took them in.

While most people were home, snug in their beds, Susan was making a late-night run to the shelter to tend to the sick animals. The physical aspect of lugging bags of cat food and litter, cleaning animal crates and cleaning the shelter did not hinder her work even though she suffered from severe neck and spinal degeneration.

Susan Davila was not an animal hoarder. She did what she could to place these beautiful creatures in good homes, saving them from a life of misery living on the streets. And now a bright light has gone dark with the loss of this wonderful woman who gave so much of herself to her beloved cats.

It's really sad that Susan never got a chance to tell her side of the story. She was devastated when the cats were seized from her shelter. The loss of her job working with the cats and accusations of animal abuse were more than she could take.

I think it's true to say that Susan Davila died of a broken heart.

Donna Canorro

West Seneca

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Speed enforcement?seems to have lapsed

In the past years as a daily commuter on the Interstate system, I've noticed many Canadian drivers traveling at speeds of 85 miles per hour and faster, which exceeds the state limit of 55 miles per hour. I rarely noticed anyone pulled over anymore. Where are the state troopers? Radar traps should be maintained every day. Are the police afraid of further damaging their reputation? Are they concerned of a backlash upon issuing citations? Are they worried Canadian shoppers will stop coming into the area spending their money on our economy? I would think safety on the roadways is more important than the Canadian dollar. Once word gets out that the troopers are cracking down, the speeding will stop.

Tom Spanos

Amherst

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Sprinkling lawns only ?ignores water shortages

As I walked through my neighborhood this week I have reveled in the tawny browns and pale greens of the majority of lawns. It was startling to see a few dark green lawns scattered about during this dry spell. I am a self-proclaimed environmentalist and I try to do my part in conserving our natural resources. I feel compelled to ask, "Why do some people insist their lawns be green?"

There are 30 million acres of lawns in the United States. A 25-by-40-foot lawn can easily absorb up to 10,000 gallons of water each summer. In a survival-only situation, the average person needs one gallon of water per day for drinking and cooking. Fifty percent or more of the average American residential water bill is for landscaping and most of it is for watering lawns.

Prior to World War II, only wealthy individuals could afford to maintain a beautiful green lawn. The current rage for chemically dependent lawns started after the war when we were building neighborhoods faster than ever before and everyone wanted a lawn as lush and green as their neighbor. Our population growth increased the demand for water and climate change has reduced the supplies of water due to the decreased rainfall. The rainfall for our area is currently at a five- to six-inch deficit. According to a study in Environmental Science and Technology, more than one in three counties in the United States could face a high or extreme risk of water shortages by the middle of the 21st century.

When groomed and well cared for lawns became popular, it was often stated that a pleasing front lawn was our symbol of man's control of the environment. We cannot continue to follow this belief in the face of huge water shortages all over this country.
I wonder if we can all conform to this new reality, stop watering our lawns and embrace a tan, dry lawn in order to survive.

Diane M. Terranova

Lancaster

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Republicans are focused?on themselves, not the people

We will soon be electing our next president. Are "We the people" really the ones who ultimately make that choice? Or are we just permitted to go through the motions at the voting booth only to realize that the powers that be have already secured their winner of choice?

Listening to the apparent Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, who really doesn't say anything meaningful, is frightening. I see him as the puppet of choice of the Republican Party, who will be guided toward enacting their radical plans designed to enrich the top 1 percent and to make certain "ordinary folks" will remain under their thumb and at their mercy.

Everything I hear from the Republicans has nothing to do with concern for "the people." I just hear a bunch of arrogant individuals spouting their united goal which is to crush President Obama and gain control of the White House. I guess I've been naive to believe that we elect congressmen and senators who want to work for the protection of rights and needs of the citizenry not for the benefit of special interest groups and their personal lust for power.

Even on a local level, candidates blatantly boast that they will never support Obama even if a specific proposal would benefit everyone, and that their main goal is to replace him even if their replacement of choice is totally unqualified for the presidency.

I'm truly fearful of that fateful day in November.

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Pat Pawlowski

Collins

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Roberts found his heart?in affordable health care

Justice Roberts might have changed his opinion of the Affordable Health Care Act because he found that he had a heart and thought about the millions of Americans who did not have Cadillac health insurance he and members of Congress enjoy.

As an example, a recent article in The News featured a critic of President Obama.
This person has a pre-existing condition and was on pins and needles waiting for the Supreme Court decision. She said that if the law were overturned, she was a dead woman.

I believe Roberts realizes that the Affordable Health Care Act will ensure every American affordable health care now and into the future.

If there weren't so much hatred generated towards the president from the right, just maybe Americans could try the new health care law in it's entirety before judging it.

R. De Wayne Smith

Buffalo