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March 22, 2013

No joke: Kudos to Sound Off

Tonawanda News — More good news on the horizon this week.

East Hill Foundation (thank Ami Greatbach for this great idea) presented $50,000 in grants to two needy North Tonawanda organizations.

First, the $36,000 to the Twin Cities Community Outreach, better know to as TCCO, to be used for a new roof. TCCO, which houses the food pantry, Clothes Closet and Meals on Wheels, needs more than this to complete the job — but what a great start!

The YWCA, which offers programs for children through adults and opens for use by community groups, will have new kitchen equipment thanks to the $12,000 grant. Right now, the YWCA is hosting a series of cooking classes with Chef Kevin. Not everyone knows about its wonderful social services department and outreach to abused women and children. This is an organization worthy of your donation.

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It’s not often you’ll hear a kudos from this corner on Soundoff. However, the one on Friday needs a recall, so to speak. The caller suggested that in order to get Congress to understand what it’s like  to live in this economy, freeze all their assets. They’ll have no access to bank accounts, credit cards or money. Result? They’ll have to live check to check like most people. I’d go further and take away all their perks and insist that they attend all congressional meetings. How about cutting their staff in half so perhaps they’d have to work for the good of the country rather than the good of special interest groups.

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Stan Nicholson disagrees regarding the fracking article in last weeke’s column and the argument going on in the state about fracking.

Stan emailed: “The tree hugging anti-frackers in New York state really upset me. Instead of extracting cheap low polluting natural gas in our state they would rather borrow money from China (think 16 trillion dollars) and give it to Middle Eastern countries, who really hate us, for their oil. Makes no sense. I wonder how many trees are sacrificed to print all of our newspapers? Not that I do not look forward to getting my two papers each day that are available. It is no wonder that New York state is in such bad financial shape. Will we ever wake up? I doubt it.”

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