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April 13, 2013

Tales of the T-NT EXPO

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Tonawanda News — Thanks, Donna

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Paul Gerlach, best known for his Meals on Wheels work, sent the following for those who haven’t seen it printed.

Congressional Reform Act of 2013, proposed by Warren Buffet:

1. No tenure and 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.

3. Congress can purchase their 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 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with them, they made 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, the article concludes, is how to fix Congress.

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Having a hard time feeling sorry for the federal workers who have to take furlough days. We here at the News and at our sister papers, as well as many other workers in other companies have had these days for a long time — and chances are very good that the federal workers make a lot more a week than we regular folks.

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A note to all NTHS classes of 1939-’46: Please attend the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pane’s Restaurant. We’ve had a little mixup the past couple months with the article going into the paper — so just in case you don’t see it Tuesday, the meeting is on!

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Rich Finiki, the king of one-liners, stopped by the News with a story about the Elks grand opening at its new location on Main Street in Tonawanda tonight. He left us laughing with what my grandkids call “groaners.” Always fun to see him.

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

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