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Kane’s visit with Cup was poorly organized

My son and I had very high spirits when we arrived at the West Seneca ice rink 1½ hours earlier than the scheduled 1 p.m. Patrick Kane visit this past Saturday. We had about 50 people in front of us in the line, and figured our chances of meeting the superstar were very good. The line stayed very orderly at first. Unfortunately, when Kane arrived, the line turned into more of a mob scene of people flocking through the doors of the rink. It soon became apparent that our time spent in line was a waste.

After we got through the front doors (with many hundreds of people in front of us), we were herded to the rink area. Here, there were speeches from local politicians and finally, Kane. Unfortunately, nobody could hear any of the speeches, due to a terrible PA system. At some point, there must have been an announcement to form another line (I use the term loosely) for photos with Kane, but again, it couldn’t be heard.

We finally figured out where we were supposed to be by following the mob, and asking questions, but by then it was pointless. We knew we wouldn’t get to see Kane and the Cup up close. It was great that Kane would bring the Cup to his childhood rink. I just wish a little more thought and organization had gone into the visit. There should have been ropes both outside and inside the rink to keep the line in formation. The people who waited the longest should have had the best opportunity to meet Kane.

David Wojtkowiak

Alden

Parents must set example if we are to stop bullying

It’s been a while since we discussed bullying in schools. I hate to break it to everybody, but schools will never be able to stop bullying. The only way to stop bullying is for parents to teach their children basic manners, respect and kindness, which frankly a lot of parents aren’t doing. Too many adults are bullies themselves. No matter how hard law enforcement or teachers try, if parents don’t care to enforce kindness and manners, and explain empathy to their children, then nothing is going to improve.

Megan DePerro

Buffalo

Republicans’ criticism of Obama rings hollow

To Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, who complained about President Obama’s Buffalo visit by describing it as “pageantry, staging, and bunting,” I say to him, “Mission Accomplished.”

Harry N. Konst

Lancaster

Canalside security needs to review concert rules

Apparently the “security” at Buffalo Place Thursday at Canalside concerts is more concerned about cameras than what concert-goers are smoking. I was turned away on Aug. 22 for my so-called professional camera, which does not have a detachable lens, despite the website rules allowing such a camera. These security people claim it is at the request of the artist. In my 25 years as a freelance music journalist, I have yet to find any musician or celebrity who turned away the chance to get his name and face plastered all over the news and Internet. Even an artist representative I spoke with was flabbergasted by the concept.

As for my original statement, I have attended a number of concerts where fans were smoking items that were not available from the reservation or the corner store. At one concert I fortunately did not attend, but friends did, I was told the smoke was so thick one needed only to inhale to get high.

It’s one thing to force fans to purchase food and drinks at the venue, but quite another when, in the guise of doing their job, the security people prevent others from doing theirs; especially when it is expressly stated that photos are allowed by the artist.

Camera policy: Small, still cameras are permitted. No recording or videotaping of the performance is permitted. No professional cameras or any camera with interchangeable telephoto capable lens permitted. No video or audio recording devices allowed. My cameras are not professional, nor do they have a detachable lens.

Sherrill Fulghum

Niagara Falls

Orchard Park seniors need a bigger center

The Senior Council of Orchard Park has been very busy for over two years to obtain enough money to build a larger senior center with adequate parking. We have found the road to our dream to involve a lot of fundraising events and donations from individuals who believe in our cause. We have a wonderful director in Anna Willems, who tries to present the programming that she knows the active seniors of our community wish to have. She is only able to provide a certain amount of new programs because we have only three rooms that can be used for the many events held each hour of the day, five days a week.

The emphasis for all Americans is to lead a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and exercise. We would like to have a fitness room and gym to help keep our seniors healthy and hopefully keep them from some of the health and mental diseases that affect their lifestyle. Recently Emeritus of Orchard Glen held a Hawaiian luau to benefit our cause. The event raised $1,320 for our cause. Even though we are still a long way from reaching our goals, we appreciate what our community is doing for us.

Jacqueline L. Briggs

President, Senior Council

of Orchard Park

Coal plays a vital role in nation’s energy mix

As President Obama seeks answers toward building up middle-class jobs, an area of concern for New York is the loss of 15,800 manufacturing jobs in the past year. Coal can provide solutions, but we need the president’s support. Affordable and secure energy is one clear competitive advantage American manufacturing enjoys, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.

Coal provides a steady, reliable source of affordable electricity. Not coincidentally, states with the highest percentage of coal-fired electricity are also states with a high percentage of manufacturers, who support hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs.

Many of these manufacturing jobs will be threatened if the administration moves forward with far-reaching new regulatory standards for power plants – standards so extreme they would prevent power plants utilizing the latest in advanced coal technologies from being built, effectively banning plants that are between 70 percent and 90 percent cleaner than the ones they replace. Diminishing coal’s role in our nation’s energy mix is an invitation to the enemy of American manufacturing – higher and more volatile energy costs. More thoughtful, reasonable policies are needed so consumers and manufacturers alike don’t face an energy tax and New York can attract more of those sought-after, middle-class jobs.

Hal Quinn

President and CEO

National Mining Association