Keep minors away ?from Chippewa bars

Do an Internet search of muggings, shootings and stabbings in and around the Chippewa party zone, and it is evident violent incidents are not rare occurrences.

Are someone's "good time" and some extra dollars in the till for Chippewa businesses really the prime considerations? People will always seek entertainment despite potential dangers (think back to Prohibition), but should inexperienced young adults be in this environment?

Sorry to break the news, but I live in the area and have seen numerous intoxicated people, obviously not of drinking age, tailgating and imbibing massively in the surrounding area (behaving pretty badly, too) prior to heading for the strip, then coming back to their cars blatantly intoxicated and driving off.

Given the existing dynamics of individuals at the age where they believe themselves immortal and invincible, alcohol consumption, an opportunistic criminal element and violent vendettas, it is a high probability there will be more tragic occurrences.

The Chippewa District has a police presence, courtesy of the taxpayers. I'm not too happy about my tax dollars going toward a function that should be the responsibility of business owners, and diverting attention from more serious crimes. There are strategies to increase patronage overall for Chippewa businesses. Relying on under-agers to float your business and endangering them in the process seems selfish and irresponsible.

Anne Gareis



Where was the help? Father Joe needed?

The tragic ending to the life of the Rev. Joseph Moreno brings to mind the phrase, "clergy who need clergy." Where was the mentor, the spiritual director, the counselor who would prove to be his best friend, his spiritual energizer, his lifeline? Clergy give and give some more until their spiritual tanks empty. Then what? Into the emptiness creeps hopelessness. Father Joe needed a priest.

Lois Vidaver



Third-party candidates ?are much more appealing

If Democrats in the last few decades had not aped the methods of Republicans – lying and accepting bribes, the way that cowards emulate bullies – I would still be a Democrat. And once in a great while I'd have been proud to say that I'd voted for a winner, even though the few recent Democratic victories have been more often the result of Republican arrogance.

No, I am no longer a Democrat. No doubt to the delight of Republicans, I will be voting for the Green Party come November, not because I think it can win, but because voting for the lesser of two evils no longer satisfies me. I encourage other voters to check out the Green Party (and other non-standard parties) and to vote for someone who shares their values, not just someone who tells them the lies that are most comfortable for them to hear.

For those of you who cannot bring yourselves to vote for someone rather than merely against someone, consider this: If lower business taxes, fewer regulations and low minimum wages were a direct cause of job creation, why are there not more jobs out there today, now that corporate taxes and regulations protecting us from rapacious business practices are at nearly their lowest levels in 60 years, and the minimum wage is 20 percent lower (adjusted for inflation) than it was in 1967?

How few business regulations do there have to be, and how low do corporate taxes have to be, before businesses use the cash they're sitting on to expand their businesses and create jobs? The answer to that question is another question: Why should a corporation hire an unemployed worker when it can get more bang for its buck by contributing money to a political campaign, thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision? Should we really believe that creating jobs for the rest of us is anywhere near the top of the list of business priorities?

John W. Nelson



Valid concerns raised? on respite care facility

Taxpayers and residents of the Town of Tonawanda have the right to express their concerns about changes in their residential area. It is only natural that concerns arise when rumors abound and residents are not presented with adequate information or facts. It's unfortunate that when residents spoke out before their Town Board with legitimate questions and concerns, the media became accusatory and portrayed them in a negative light. It's disheartening that people feel the residents are against the nature of the business of servicing developmentally disabled children.

When information came to light that this is not a typical respite home, as others in the area, but incorporated as a youth center as well, residents voiced many concerns, including the effect on surrounding property values, increased traffic and zoning/alterations to a residential neighborhood. In fact, the suggested alternative sites that may be better suited for a youth center are in that same Town of Tonawanda vicinity, but in a business zone.

Some residents spoke about their personal experiences working with developmentally disabled children and their connections to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances who have a need for these services. We are sympathetic to the difficulties families face and know that respite care is a much-needed service. If this was any other business moving into this neighborhood, we would have the exact same concerns. It was never the intention of the Town of Tonawanda residents to disregard developmentally disabled children and their families.

Carolyn Passman

Town of Tonawanda


NYSEG needs to give? homeowners more time

Homeowners in a Depew neighborhood have NYSEG-owned land running between their properties. NYSEG has given the homeowners three weeks notice to remove anything placed on their property or NYSEG will have it bulldozed. This property has been maintained by the homeowners since 1966 with the knowledge that sheds and fences must be removed for NYSEG access.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak was able to get us an extension of one month. Surveys have to be found, permits obtained, contractors hired, buildings and fences removed and replaced. All of this at the homeowners' expense. All very difficult to accomplish by the end of November.

NYSEG has refused to meet with the homeowners. I contacted the offices of Sens. Charles Schumer, Pat Gallivan and Tim Kennedy. All promised to look into this. All failed to respond.

We as homeowners ask NYSEG to be a good neighbor, as we have. Grant us a little courtesy and the time to clear the property we have maintained for it for the last 50 years. Now that we no longer have use of the NYSEG property, we also expect NYSEG to keep it properly maintained as homeowners have for all these years.

Debbie Wozniak