Canalside maintenance? should be a no-brainer

There should be no question as to who or whom is in charge of maintaining the Canalside venue. These issues, one would assume, are hammered out before the first shovel goes into the ground.

In a region with overlapping agencies – city, county, state, Buffalo Place, development groups, etc. – one need not wonder why it takes a miracle to accomplish any forward progress.

The Canalside experiment has been a hit. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has done an exemplary job of planning and molding the future of the waterfront area that was once a wasteland. We need not let it become an eyesore or too shopworn by bureaucratic infighting or lack of foresight. And we do not need to create yet another agency to handle these tasks. The maintenance issue is a no-brainer. By the way, who will maintain the canal areas and winter ice rinks when completed? Figure it out, ladies and gentlemen, and soon!

Scott Gorton



National sales tax? would raise revenue

So, what to make of the election? Exit polls show some of the groups voting for President Obama overwhelmingly want the government to do more. More what? And who pays for it?

Back in the '50s and '60s, when I grew up, people and families did for themselves. There was little or no government anything. You worked whatever jobs were available to support yourself and your family. With today's generous welfare benefits, food stamps and long-term unemployment checks, who wants to work?

Since we are pretty much a 5 0/5 0 society now as to those who pay federal income tax and those who don't, there are fewer taxpayers to support all of these federal government programs. The simplistic solution of taxing the rich isn't going to solve our deficit/spending problems; not enough money there. So I suggest a national sales tax. This way, everyone pays. And if people want more "stuff," then they will have to pay for it along with the rest of us working taxpayers.

Bill Stetz



Don't paint whole town ?with one broad brush

I cannot not condone the actions of Joseph L. Shimburski of the Town of Aurora on his choice of expressing a political view through questionable, self-made political satire. However, Rod Watson in his column reflects on driving through the town as though he was in 1950s Mississippi. Watson points out the American flags, Christmas decorations and at least two lawn jockeys, wondering how the town kids are growing up where such displays are tolerated.

Well, they are growing up in a town where differences are settled by talking to neighbors or town hall meetings or articles in the local paper and not by gunfire or street violence. I also must applaud Watson (an African-American) for the courage it must have taken to approach a 78-year-old white man's house and be first confronted by his "pleasant wife" and moments later by Shimburski himself. After a conversation and a final ungloved hand shake, Watson left the Town of Aurora, and probably in his mindset all the corncob-smoking, moonshine-drinking, gun-toting residents.

Albert Damiani

Grand Island


Many offended by signs? just chose to ignore them

After reading Rod Watson's column about Joseph Shimburski, there are a few points I'd like to make clear. Shimburski repeatedly has said that he has had more comments for his anti-Obama signs than against them. I can tell you that every time I traveled down Center Road on the way to visit my son or my friends, his signs offended me. His sign, "Obama, not my President" was especially offensive. One wonders why he still lives in America. As with many people who annoy me, I try to ignore them because giving them attention seems to reward them. I had hoped that after this election, however it turned out, the insults would come to a halt.

I realize that someone can be extremely unhappy with a president. During President George W. Bush's second term, I called him insulting names. My friend pointed out to me that even if I did not like his actions, that it was disrespectful to speak of the president in an insulting way. Yes, Shimburski is free to put up his signs, but there are most likely more people who are offended than are not, as evidenced by the last election. I suspect that the people who are offended don't want to waste their time on him.

Nancy Denecke



Kiosks can't compete? with an actual library

I became very angry when I read of the mini libraries being erected in the Parkside neighborhood. This simply should not be necessary.

My love of reading took root during story hours in the basement of the Fairfield Library. My family spent many happy hours there. We actually wept when it closed.

I now live in East Amherst, where I am fortunate to be a patron of the Clearfield branch. My grandchildren live in the Central Park area. I believe they have a right to a quality library like the Clearfield in their neighborhood. After all, those residents pay some of the highest property taxes in the city.

When the county closed both the Fairfield and Hertel branches, it promised that North Buffalo would soon get a nice new library. What happened to that promise? The proposed kiosks will never be able to compete with a full-service facility. I believe the county should erect a library to serve the highly educated residents of that area.

Mary Ann Gerstle

East Amherst


Let's hope News brings? back Sunshine Derby

I'm surprised and disappointed by the reaction to the study performed by the Buffalo State coordinator of meteorology and climatology. Instead of focusing on the positive finding of the study, The News article stresses the viewpoint that Buffalo has been erroneously over-reporting its claims of sunny weather.

The fact is, Buffalo has more than 180 days each year of sunshine as determined by the most accurate measurement available. This is acknowledged in the article by both the professor and the National Weather Service meteorologist.

I hope The News reinstates the Sunshine Derby, because it still presents a positive view of our weather that can used by Buffalonians and Visit Buffalo Niagara in promoting our area. The News can still list the other cities in the derby. Just include an asterisk stating that they are using a less-accurate measurement.

Eric F. Torsell