Olympic fiasco ?rooted in greed

I've written many letters in the past several years, however, they were never mailed. But this one had to be sent. Mind-boggling, unbelievable, outrageous and downright stupid. There are not enough adjectives or verbs to describe the disgust Americans should be experiencing related to the latest example of some American businessman's greed. Someone on the Olympic Committee presented this obscene proposal to the committee and it obviously was approved. Think about this. Not one or two, but many, folks are responsible for this embarrassment to our country, our workers and our manufacturers.

Did anyone object to this "deal"? Scary stuff. I'm not fond of my country continuing to be fools for "political" gain, national or international. Making the uniforms in America in 2014 is not good enough to remedy 2012.

Could be we don't know the whole story. Maybe China has reciprocated with a good-will gesture and placed an order for one or two uniforms from us. Yeah, right!

One last observation – is it a possibility that some of our Olympians protested wearing uniforms labeled "Made in China" in lieu of "Made in America"? I pray some of them did, otherwise we may have deeper issues. These young folks who represent our country do not deserve to be humiliated in front of the whole world by the actions of thoughtless, greedy men and women who are responsible for this "error in judgment."

Mary Beth Weigel

West Seneca


An American company ?should make uniforms

I have always supported and admired our young American athletes who, after years of sacrifice and endurance, have made Americans proud.

I was appalled to learn that they have been outfitted in uniforms made in China, so we are sending a million dollars and jobs overseas. There are plenty of American companies that could have done the job cheaper and given jobs to Americans.

I am disappointed that our Olympians did not reject them. It certainly diminished my enthusiasm for the Olympics.

Carol Turner



Bring manufacturing ?back to United States

I find it ironic that all of a sudden Congress is concerned with the fact that the uniforms for the U.S. Olympic Team were made in China and it wants to take action to ensure that doesn't happen again.

Better to let that slide and take action to stop the wholesale off-shoring of everything else that American consumers use and want. From cars to home appliances to shoes to clothing, the list is never-ending.

What would it mean to this country if Congress for once stood up and said, "bring all the jobs back to the USA"? It would mean an end to high unemployment, an end to states going bankrupt, an end to worrying about Social Security going belly up. By generating, through wages, tax revenue that would allow this country to rebuild its infrastructure and by putting people back to work in good-paying jobs, we would drastically reduce the need for social programs that further fuel our burgeoning deficit.

It would rebuild the middle class, which is an endangered species. Make all of it in America and watch our country rise from the ashes!

Michael J. Rusinek



Politicians' free trade?created this situation

I find it quite comical that we now have all of these elected officials criticizing the U.S. Olympic Committee because the team's uniforms were made in China. Perhaps these representatives of the people of the United States of America who are paid by our tax dollars should ensure they are sporting an American-made wardrobe before lambasting an organization that is privately funded. After all, it is our country's trade policies created by politicians that created this situation anyway.

Anthony Laulette



Leave dogs at home?on Independence Day

The dramatic dog rescue at Niagara Falls ("Rescue on the brink of despair," July 14 News) raises an important issue: dogs and fireworks don't mix. Most dogs are terrified of fireworks, partly due to the fact that their hearing is so much more sensitive than ours, and the high-pitched sounds of rockets are acutely painful to a dog's ears.

No wonder Lily fled in terror! As a result of her new owners' thoughtless action, she suffered 10 days of extreme exposure and starvation. Moreover, the brave members of the park's rescue team risked their own lives to come to her aid.

Let's remember that our canine friends cannot share all of our pleasures. Please leave pets safely at home on Independence Day. In addition, dogs do not enjoy crowded, noisy events such as art or food festivals where they can frequently be seen being dragged along the hot, debris-strewn pavement.

Yes, your dog loves to be with you, but she has her limits. Please respect them.

Joan Staple



Many owners clueless?about their dogs' needs

The rescue of the dog Lily who was trapped on an island near Niagara Falls is not a "feel good" story as much as it is a cautionary tale. Dogs are not human beings, and we should not think of or treat them as such. Let's try to examine the situation from Lily's perspective.

The assault of sound and smell at a fireworks display would be overwhelming to a dog. Lily's instinct to flee a dangerous environment, as she perceived it, would override her attachment to her owner. Reassurances like "it's OK" would be meaningless to a dog. Lily's owner probably attempted to get her to stay, something every instinct in Lily's body was telling her not to do.

Millennia ago we domesticated dogs, forever making them dependent upon us for their well being. It is our responsibility to understand the real needs of dogs instead of superimposing our human desires onto them. The expenditure of resources to rescue Lily, the heartache and, most importantly, the trauma to the dog herself, could have been avoided had the owner simply understood that going to a fireworks display (or a concert, play or art festival) is not appropriate activity for a dog.

If you want to spend time with your dog, take her for a walk, train her, play fetch or involve her in activity that is designed to stimulate her in ways that are healthy for her. Authors and researchers like Temple Grandin, Jon Katz and Alexandra Horowitz should be required reading for anyone who wants to be a responsible and compassionate dog owner.

Anne H. Pfohl



People are getting fed up?with our justice system

Anthony Capozzi, finally out of jail after 20-some years; James Corasanti, acquitted; Alan Tomaski, turned loose on a technicality. Where does it end? The people who are entrusted with our justice system are, in the words of Gary Ciapa, "screwing up."

Will we see letters from fellow attorneys and Bar Association leaders lauding Andrew LoTempio and Joel Daniels in this case? How do a respected judge and these two guys let something like this happen? The guy who helped Tomaski murder the victim is behind bars.

A mistake is spilling your coffee on your desk. This is beyond a mistake. Who makes these laws? Previous alcohol-related incidents by Corasanti were not admissible, a murderer was set free because he lived somewhere for a few days more. People are going to get fed up with this kind of justice. In the old days, when we caught someone rustling cattle, we looked for the nearest, highest tree. How long is it going to be before a devastated, distraught parent takes a gun and administers his own justice ? I'd love to be on that jury. The parent would walk for sure.

Whitey Nichols



Obama has shown?an inability to lead

President Obama said what? The Associated Press reported that Obama says that he's most frustrated by the inability "to change the atmosphere" in the nation's capital "to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people."

Obama has also suggested that success of individuals is a result of the largess and provisions of big government. Since he is the head of big government, why has he failed?

The president of the United States is the most powerful leader in the world. As described by Webster, a leader is one who directs the performance or activity. If he is frustrated by his inability to lead, he should lead, follow or get out of the way of more competent administrators.

Ralph R. Pawlak



As one school rises?another will decline

Would the Waterfront School be a better school as a magnet? Absolutely, yes. But why and at what cost to the district as a whole?

Would Waterfront Magnet continue to accept recently arrived emigrant children despite their poor grasp of the English language? Or would these students be directed to other city schools? These students take standardized state tests as soon as they enter the system. One school's rise in the ratings would probably be another's demise.

It's obvious that if you are building something, the better the raw materials, the better the product. If you can select the student base, you should produce better results.

David W. Teloh