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September 7, 2013

TUCKER: Don't fret over the trees

(Continued)

Tonawanda News — Joe Pasek of Tonawanda and a Vietnam veteran, stopped off at the News a week or so ago to see if the paper would do a story on the Town Hall meeting for Vietnam veterans and their families on Sept. 14.

If you have never stopped in at the museum, be sure to put it on your list of things to do. It is full of pictures, maps, uniforms, framed certificates, a reminder of a war that the government wants to forget. A group of friendly veterans are there to show you around.

Almost all the men I talked to suffer the effects of Agent Orange, a herbicide sprayed over millions of acres in Vietnam to kill foliage. The government said it was safe for humans — what a horrendous lie.

Anyway, Joe showed me a framed map of Vietnam, above which is a saying: “If you were here from 1964 to 1975, it was not for a vacation.”

The Town Hall meeting will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in Room K-100 in the Kittinger Building at Erie Community College, North Campus, Main Street and Youngs Road, Williamsville and all are invited, including our politicians, many of which if they are interested at all, will probably send a representative. Sad, sad, sad.

Famous

Stopping by Dash’s Market last week in search of a box of cereal, what was offered but a line of “Barbara’s” cereals. All my favorites were there, shredded wheat, raisin bran and others. Now, how could I resist trying cereal with my name on it? It tasted great, hardly any difference from more well-known brands. Just fun to see my name on the box.

Query

Robert Starr had an interesting query last week.

Robert emailed: “With the emphasis on “being green” and “go green,” I am having a hard time finding a recycling center that accepts styrofoam and, more explicitly, styrofoam containers (washed out of course). This material is NOT biodegradable and will sit in our landfills for an eternity, when it can have a useful life if recycled and reused. With all the items out there being recycled, why isn’t this particular one? Again, not being biodegradable is the main reason and burning it is a toxic health risk. Is there someone out there with some knowledge about this? If so, I would request that you contact me.”

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