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Nice to see progress? on our outer harbor

I visited the Buffalo outer harbor on Oct. 14, under overcast skies, to walk my dog. Upon arrival at the Bell Slip parking lot, I noted it was not at all deserted. A young couple was playing Frisbee nearby. As I approached the Greenway Trail, I saw four people walking leashed dogs, headed toward the lake. There were also several joggers, walkers and bicyclists who passed along the same trail in the hour we were in this area. I walked to the end of the trail, enjoyed the view of the lake as two sailboats cruised past, and watched a family with small children skipping stones into the water at the edge of the Bell Slip, before we made our way back to the parking lot.

From there, I checked out the impressive work on the granite Industrial Heritage Trail in front of the old Port Terminal. There are also long limestone pieces (the steps from the old Memorial Auditorium, I am told) that are being used as benches along the trail. I can't wait to see the finished trail.

The improvements that have taken place on the outer harbor have had a miraculous effect on the area. A post-industrial dead zone has come back to life as an emerging recreational area. People can walk, bike, roller blade, picnic, take photos or just take a car ride to enjoy the lake views in the area. From Times Beach Nature Preserve, to the Gallagher Beach picnic shelter and the soon to be completed observation pier, to the new Tifft Nature Preserve fishing dock on Lake Kirsty, all are there for the public to easily enjoy. Parking is plentiful, easy and free.

It's exciting to see our outer harbor waterfront emerging as a place people want to be.

Vanessa Wazny

Lake View

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It's foolish to provoke? motorists in a hurry

In regard to "Our roads are filled with reckless drivers," the writer appears too self-centered to recognize that the purpose of public roads is for people to get from one place to another, and that they are often in a hurry the details of which are none of his business. Here's someone, believing another driver to be dangerous, yet still provoking that driver to even more dangerous actions! Let's hope he receives a summons for his confessed acts of road rage.

Joseph A. Deck

Williamsville

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Administration lied? about Benghazi attack

The News editorial, "Echoes of Truman," is a ruse. While appropriately saying the buck stops at the president's desk, The News goes out of its way to try to absolve President Obama and reduce his responsibility. The issues discussed in the editorial miss an important point. That is, the administration knew within 24 hours after the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that this was not the result of anger over a video. This was a planned terrorist attack, and the administration knew it early on.

Testimony in front of a congressional committee investigating the matter, from State Department officials, stated explicitly that they knew in "real time" what was going on at the consulate.

That there had been fair warning for some time before the attack that something was up, and the State Department did nothing, is one thing. But what is ignored is the fact that this administration lied about it repeatedly. Whether it was U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on five Sunday news shows, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton making statements or Obama blaming a video for the attacks, this administration lied to the public about what was going on.

There is no way Rice would be on five Sunday news shows without administration approval and approved talking points. The continued denial of knowledge of what actually went on by Obama and other administration officials is a hoax perpetrated by the administration. Why? No doubt it is political.

James Sterman

East Amherst

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No easy answers ?in priest's death

The events of the Rev. Joe Moreno's tragic end are a source of great sadness to all who knew him. But also sad are the unfounded accusations that have surfaced. I would like to comment.

A priest was said to observe that Father Joe "served others but was not served." Father Joe had a wide circle of clergy, laity and family who surrounded and supported him in friendship. The diocese for many years pretty much allowed him to formulate his own ministry. Who was not serving him?

It was alleged that he had no new assignment when in reality his desired ministry was most agreeable to the diocese and several positions were ready to be discussed. There was an allegation that he "had nowhere to go" when he was offered a very suitable rectory residence with one of his closest priest friends. The location would have allowed him to easily carry on his many ministries.

It was suggested that he had reduced funds, as if someone in authority were responsible for this. Father Joe, like all priests, received an adequate though not excessive salary. Several parishes, such as mine, assisted him with Mass stipends for which he was always most grateful. If there were financial difficulties, the blame cannot be laid on another's doorstep.

Certainly there was no "dead end" facing him but new horizons. When a man is ordained a priest, the bishop takes the man's hands and asks if he will be obedient to "me and my successors." Father Joe, like all priests, had to take his response and commitment seriously.

There was no one like Father Joe in his character and loving outreach. He is greatly missed. When a tragedy like this occurs, people want a nice, simple explanation. This is rarely available. But to formulate unwarranted explanations and accusations that have no basis in fact do not honor the memory of this outstanding priest.

The Rev. Paul Nogaro

Pastor, St. Stephen Church

Grand Island

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Voucher plan is trap ?for Medicare users

A recent contributor found the Medicare voucher plan appealing. I would also find it appealing if I didn't participate in it. I have often wondered why federal employees have their own health care plan.

I was able to take an early retirement, which included partial health care coverage, a voucher plan. My initial share was $140 per month, which was reasonable. After the first year, the annual increases began and after five years my share rose to an appalling $950 per month. After changing coverage to increase deductibles and co-pays, I was able to reduce the monthly share to $660. I will soon be participating in Medicare, hopefully this will continue to cover my health care needs without the wild increases I endured in the voucher system.

The real issue is not health insurance cost, it is health care cost. I am not sure how to control that. The annual increases in the cost of hospital stays and drug coverage need to be brought under control or soon no insurance will be able to cover them.

Edward Hill

Amherst