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October 27, 2012

Christmas taking over Halloween

Tonawanda News — Is there no end to and political ads on TV, radio and in my mailbox? How about starting the ads after Halloween? Don’t we all know who we are voting for? Some have no idea why, many don’t care and are just annoyed by the constant misrepresentations and outright lies. Yuck!

Speaking of Halloween, can you believe how much Christmas stuff is in the stores already? Used to be Christmas ads, decorations, etc. started after Thanksgiving. The other night a TV station was hawking its Christmas lineup of shows.

On a happier note, if you are into the environment, trees, greenspace and the like, the New York State Forest Owners Association (better known as NYFOA) is having a meeting at 10 a.m. next Saturday at the Holland Community Center. Why do I care since the only trees I own are the six on my property? One of my “side volunteer jobs” is writing the group’s newsletter and this event sounded like fun. It’s surprising how many people from around here own forest land in the Southern Tier or even in northern Niagara and Orleans counties. It’s a great group, they come in jeans, sweatshirts and work boots — and they really care about issues like fracking (the consequences of which are frightening,) timber theft, logging their woods, learning more about trees through woodswalks and events like next Saturday. Want more information? Call Rita Hammond at 937-0744.

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Here’s something you won’t see on the ballot this year, although it would be wonderful to be able to make it happen. Thanks to the readers who sent this along.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure/No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

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