Tonawanda News

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December 29, 2012

Winter tales of joy and woe

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Tonawanda News — “I do NOT want to see the City of Tonawanda privatize their trash service,” Bob wrote. “Think of the ramifications to the city in the long run and to the lives it will affect.

“While the council says there will be no layoffs, there will be layoffs. ... Why will they keep the excess staff around and spend the money to do so, while offering less or no work for them to do? ... These workers will have to look for work in other areas of the WNY and maybe outside of WNY in an effort to provide for their families. This means more people possibly leaving the city, less students in our schools and district, less tax base and possible foreclosures, a cause and effect for more loss of small business and the list of the downward spiral goes on.

“I would rather pay a few extra dollars for the good service we get from our DPW than to give our hard earned money to out-source a service ...  to a company which will have no face or conscience within our community.

“We need to keep these jobs in our city and to keep our city residents working. This will promote our very existence as a city.”

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Seeing an email from Peter Gfroerer makes me smile, even before it’s read. This time, Peter was critical of last week’s column asking how high would a pile of $100 bills be to reach $1 trillion if each stack of $100 bills is one-half inch high.

“You almost got it right,” Peter said, “but perhaps one of the highly educated readers of your column will get it. A “stack” is a pack of $100 bills equaling $10,000, which is 100 $100 bills and is approximately half an inch, i.e. a one inch high pile of $100 bills is $20,000 and so on.”

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