Elma right to enforce ?town laws about signs
I applaud Elma Town Supervisor Dennis Powers for enforcing the town's sign laws. ("Town removal of store's signs is questioned by resident," Aug. 17 News.) Liking a store or product is not a legitimate reason to make exceptions to laws. I have seen signs on public property advertising mattresses, junk removal, window screens, politicians, bedroom furniture and more. No doubt someone liked that political candidate or bedroom furniture. It doesn't matter. If such signs were legal and protected by the law, our public rights of way would be strewn with such signs, and would be a blight on our landscape.
If only the City of Buffalo would enforce its sign codes so vigorously. I see dozens of illegal signs on Elmwood Avenue buildings. Business owners know they can get away with erecting illegal signs because the city is lax in its enforcement. Good for the Elma Building Department for even knowing Elma sign codes.
Unfortunately the 180-year-old City of Buffalo apparently does not even have a process to inform the Department of Permits and Inspections about Buffalo laws. Even Buffalo's $2 million-plus Green Code consultants aren't up to date on the existing code they so disdain. The Elmwood Village Design Standards were revised 14 months ago and are still not codified on the City Charter website. What other laws has Buffalo passed that remain a mystery to the departments that should be informed of changes to the City Charter?
I had hoped Buffalo's Common Council, which passes legislation, would be concerned, but when I mentioned the issue at a Council meeting there seemed to be no interest in correcting the problem.
Motorists, pedestrians?need to share the roads
This is in response to the letter regarding bicyclists, runners and automobiles. Common sense is a two-way street. I enjoy the scenery on the roads when I walk and run. It is much less boring than an oval track, and it's a good motivator to keep at it. And yes, I do run in off-peak hours when there is less traffic and off the shoulder as far as possible.
To the motorists: get off your cellphones so you can pay attention to what's ahead of you. If you like to go 60 on a 45-mph road, move over enough so that my safety isn't threatened. If you feel like getting up close and personal, try easing up on the gas pedal.
I would much prefer to give you a friendly smile and wave than to show you you're number one with my middle finger. Let's all get along.
Are there docking rules?for boats at the wharf?
Congratulations are in order for finally achieving progress in the Central Wharf/Commercial Slip area along the Buffalo River. However, what are the rules regarding docking (and/or time limits) for boats? I have made several trips to the Central Wharf in my boat hoping to dock and enjoy the new restaurant and vendor tents, only to find the dock is always at full capacity.
I don't necessarily have a problem with no docking space available, but I couldn't help but notice that two-thirds of the boats that are tied to the dock have their mooring covers installed, which indicates that the boat owners no doubt docked their boats, covered them up and left the area (possibly for several days).
Obviously I don't know if there are existing docking rules regarding time limits for the Central Wharf docks because there are never any opportunities to dock my boat there and find out. If there are no time limits, please install reasonable time limits so other boaters can enjoy the Central Wharf area. If time limits do exist, please make sure that they are fair to everyone and enforce them!
Illegal immigrants?don't deserve amnesty
Recently, amnesty for illegal immigrants under age 30 came and went without protest. Amnesty for illegal people under 30 is a bait-and-switch. The program wants us to feel compassion for innocent children brought here illegally. I believe it's just a set-up so the program can eventually grant amnesty to their illegal parents. God knows we can't break up families when immigration officials discover their illegal parents' whereabouts. Where's the compassion about breaking up other criminals' families when they're sent to prison for DWI or theft?
It's embarrassing to think of how future American generations (if there are any) will look back upon this great nation – one that has contributed so much to human progress. The best-case scenario will be for history to compare us to sheep.
I can imagine future students of history questioning how this great nation went to war over tea, and a few centuries later, allowed one of our checks and balances to tip the scale, circumventing the law without congressional approval. Throughout history, tyrants, despots and dictators did this all the time. It continues today.
A final thought: Since when is someone between the ages of 21 and 30 considered a child?
Parents should teach?kids not to fear change
A recent letter to the editor regarding the possible closure of a Ken-Ton elementary school brought back some memories of growing up in Williamsville in the 1960s. It was during a strong growth period in the Town of Amherst, and every year or two they built a new school. The street where I lived during my childhood was almost always part of the new school boundaries.
I went to three different elementary schools in kindergarten, first and second grades. Off to junior high school in seventh and eighth grades, and in my freshman year, I was transferred to the brand new junior high. Then it was off to Williamsville High School for my sophomore year, only to be transferred for my junior and senior years to the new Williamsville North High School.
During those times, it never occurred to me that this was a bad thing. When the notice would come in the mail that we would once again start the new school year in a different school, the conversation around the dinner table was how lucky we were to start a new adventure and meet new people. We were taught to look at change as an inevitable part of life, not to necessarily fear it or fight it.
Most of us in Western New York are complaining about high taxes, including school taxes. I applaud any school district that makes the hard decision to close an under-used building. And I ask the parents to consider this a teachable moment for their children – that change happens, it's normal and it's not so scary. That attitude can help your children for the rest of their lives.