Chick-fil-A's boss has rights,? just like every other citizen

The coverage of the Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy's stand on marriage has created a firestorm of response and done very well to benefit his restaurants and the causes he supports.

None of which normally would have prompted me to write this letter until I read the article in the Aug. 4 paper and saw Adam Zyglis' cartoon. The article quoted a person who commented on Cathy writing a check to "support an organization that is about to squash her equal rights."

To that I have to say Chick-fil-A is a privately owned family business and Cathy can write a check from his profits to whomever he pleases, for whatever he pleases. I don't see how you can not "squash" her rights without squashing Cathy's.

Last time I checked this is America and everyone is entitled to their own opinion and can support whomever and whatever they please with their own money. Why is it that because Cathy doesn't agree with her, his values are less than hers?

As for Zyglis' Aug. 4 cartoon, bigotry works both ways and I have seen bigotry tolerated against people who stand for the Biblical view on issues that create a political firestorm. Seems to me people want to be able to be intolerant, bigoted and hateful on issues when a person does not agree with them.

Again, I have to say this is America and last time I checked we are all entitled to our own set of standards and values and cannot and should not be forced to agree with others.

If you don't like Cathy's stand on marriage, then don't eat at Chick-fil-A. Honestly, I don't think it will make that big of a difference to them judging by the outpouring of support they received.

I, for one, will continue to eat there whenever possible, glad for the values they stand for and the organizations they support and I will thoroughly enjoy it.

Carol Ann Hill



Arming citizens is not ?the answer to gun violence

Every time there is a mass killing, Budd Schroeder's letters dwell on the fact that if citizens were armed, they could prevent these killings. He claims that a person with the will and skill, to quote Schroeder, board chairman of SCOPE, could save lives.

Sounds good, but in an actual situation, with people scurrying all over the place and the perpetrator with a military-style assault weapon, the well- intended protector becomes a victim also.

It has been proven many times that police officers with training to handle all types of weapons are usually out-gunned.

The answer is to ban assault-type weapons.

Joseph Ciancio

West Seneca


Chick-fil-A's CEO is entitled? to his opinions on marriage

We are all entitled to an opinion. But when opinions are formulated without considering the truth, they end up simply being uneducated statements not worth anyone's time. This can be said of Adam Zyglis' Aug. 4 cartoon depicting Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy as an intolerant, hateful, xenophobic bigot because he opposes same-sex marriage.

Does it strike anyone else as odd that when a man of strong moral beliefs is asked his opinion of something he believes to be immoral that he is castigated for responding so predictably?

And how is it, then, that those who share the same beliefs as Cathy are then the judgmental ones? Why should anyone have to embrace anything they don't believe in order to not be an intolerant bigot?

A true depiction of the real story explained by using a cartoon would be one that portrays homosexuals and same-sex advocates as being the judgmental ones.

If I was to say to either: "I judge you to be a person of fine character," their response would not be: "Don't judge me!"

So who really is the judgmental party here, the one who holds strongly to his convictions or the one that castigates any and all who don't see things the same as them?

Ricky J. Warnes



Romney tax issue reaches ?into a question of character

The other day Mitt Romney finally responded to the accusations that Harry Reid made about Romney's taxes. His answer to the accusations was, and I quote, "I have paid taxes every year - and a lot of taxes."

This whole issue reminds me of the talking point that Republicans were touting that 47 percent of American's don't pay taxes. This, of course, was not true, because it is a fact of life that so many things are taxed it is literally impossible to go through life and pay no taxes. The list of taxes we pay includes sales tax, property tax, state income tax, Social Security tax, Medicare tax, tax on beer and tobacco, the list goes on and on.

It is true, however, that 47 percent of Americans don't pay federal income tax. Most of the Americans who don't pay federal income taxes are either very poor or very old. Many, however, are very rich and are able to hire smart lawyers to exploit loopholes for their clients. I find it interesting that Romney never answered that question of whether or not he is one of the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes.

Of course Romney has "paid taxes every year;" that is a rather low bar. Any 10-year-old who purchases a pack of chewing gum pays taxes in a given year.

The question is not whether Romney pays taxes, but rather he has paid his fair share from a moral and ethical stand point.

John Wozniak



Elected officials are often ?indebted to special interests

The powers in charge have been influenced by the energy "special interest" to turn down money from the Obama administration to research health effects from fracking.

To quote an Associated Press story, "Pennsylvania stripped $2 million of funding that included a statewide health registry to track respiratory problems."

When a state forsakes its people because politicians are bought like pieces of shiny candy, it's time to stand up and take the state back. If the people in charge of protecting us fail to do so, they need to be removed from office, and in some cases put right in jail.

Our children and their children are counting on us to do the right thing for the future of the environment.

Joseph Allen



Far right double standard ?obvious on Romney taxes

In 2008, accusations flew from the far right that candidate Obama could not become president, since he was not born in the United States, a Constitutional requirement for the nation's highest office.

For whatever reason, known to only Obama and most likely close associates, he waited quite a while before producing the document. This did not satisfy the cries from the right, as accusations of a fraudulent document were rampant.

The voices from the right can still be heard, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a posse whose mission is not to see if the birth certificate is a fraud, but to prove it is.

Fast forward four years to 2012, where a similar situation has emerged. This time, the far right is under attack as its golden boy, Mitt Romney, is involved in a controversy over whether he paid taxes over a 10-year period.

Now, ask anyone on the right if these accusations are true, and the nearly universal answer, without any evidence whatsoever, is no. Those documents that could put this controversy to rest will not be released, according to Romney.

Evidently, proof is only needed in certain situations.

Larry Karmel

Orchard Park


Come up with a better? Peace Bridge solution

When is Buffalo going to stop being the beast of burden for the rest of the state and country? They already take all of our electricity while we pay some of the highest electric rates in the country. Also, they want to put large, ugly, useless windmills in our beautiful lake to interfere with the bass fishing and tourism we have, instead of putting them in their own waterways.

Now, on Aug. 4, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo came to town with his great plan to tear down houses and build a new, noisy, ugly, smelly plaza for the Peace Bridge. What will this do for Buffalo? Nothing! All the new plaza will do is allow the truckers to fly through Buffalo faster to get to their destination. Most, if not all, of the truck traffic does not even stop for a cup of coffee.

If the government really wants to spur development in Buffalo, we need a tunnel to go from Fort Erie, Ont., to the old Bethlehem Steel site.

At that site there could be a state-of-the-art international terminal and immigration center with real businesses that would spur real development.

That site is easily accessible to all highways and would not put the burden of industry on the ailing West Side neighborhood.

Lastly, it would alleviate the insane condition in downtown Buffalo on the I-90 where you have local, national and international truck traffic going through a heavily populated area crammed on to an elevated highway it was not designed for.

Simon Manka



Television noise levels? are also a huge annoyance

I read the July 22, Associated Press article about the dangerous noise levels in New York City and the July 28 News piece on the Town of Tonawanda woman who was arrested for barking dogs. Most towns have noise ordinances, but we are exposed to a certain auto dealership commercial that is loud and obnoxious.

We need to mute the TV; it's a huge annoyance.

Patricia Hopkins