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October 27, 2012

Christmas taking over Halloween

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Tonawanda News — 3. Congress can purchase its own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3 percent.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/12. The American people did not make these contract, congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

This is how to fix Congress.

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Bob Confer sent in an article from the Sunday Spectator by Neal Simon who discusses his dad, Lou Simon, long time Tonawanda News sports editor. Bob’s note said he thought some of the long-term folks at the News might like to read the column.

Well, Bob, I guess I’m the only “long-term” person at the News. I remember Lou but even more, the legendary stories about his writing skills from News editors like Kevin Noonan, Lynn Hemmings, and of course, long time reporter Lou Jekovich.

Thanks, Bob, for sharing the article, great memories.

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Saying that Don Holdaway was active at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Tonawanda, doesn’t even begin to touch all that he did there. Don, who died this past week, was always ready to help. His quiet manner, ready smile, gentle personality made him a favorite of all. Years ago, it was Don who talked my husband into helping with the Catholic Charities appeal at the church — a feat that alone should get Don into heaven. He served with the Holy Name Society, was an usher, a person who quickly saw where he could help and then volunteered. And let’s not forget the Niagara Hose and his work on the antique fire truck. At the wake, fire chief Chuck Stuart, along with a cadre of firefighters and a fire truck, gave homage to Don’s work. At the same time, he provided for his family of 10 children with, of course, the help of his extraordinary wife, who was always in the background making sure everything was right. Sometimes people like Don who do so much, so quietly and well, are overlooked. Not so in this case. He’s no doubt checking around heaven to see what needs to be done and smiling down on all of us. Condolences to the family.

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email barbara.tucker@tonawanda-news.com

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