Tonawanda News

August 15, 2013

READER LETTER: Government has lost accountability

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Government has lost accountability

As a private resident I would like to have some questions answered that I was aware of before Mark Grisanti became senator of the 60th district in New York state, and why he changed his ideas afterward. 


No.1: I understand you were against gay marriage — but you voted for it.

No. 2: You claimed that you were allowing guns — but you voted for the Safe Act.

No. 3: You now appear to do what Cuomo wants and Cuomo has campaigned for you.

No. 4: I am quite upset about the environment and the coke plant mess as are the courts who agreed with me regarding the reasons why citizens had to wait so long before becoming involved themselves, before any action was taken by the government. 

Also, my feelings as a widowed wife and mother wonder why a councilman in the Town of Tonawanda is still allowed to keep his position having recently been arrested after a domestic incident. We don’t need people like that.

It would seem as though our government has lost accountability.

Dora Reed

North Tonawanda

Porter Cup compliments

OK, I admit it, I am biased. I have been caddying at the men’s Porter Cup for years, so I’m a bit jaded. Another gem in Niagara County’s backyard has been this long-staged event. To add to this remarkable and well-respected tournament, was the first-ever woman’s Porter Cup held back in June.

I have been fortunate enough in my tenure of looping (the cool name for caddying), to have carried clubs for a winning golfer (Spencer Levine in 2004) and for a second-place winner in the women’s tournament (Prim Thammaraks from Thailand and a senior at Iowa State University). My long-term golfer is one of the finest gentlemen I know, Mike McCoy from Iowa, who is passionate about amateur golf. Plus I have met some incredibly nice people who happen to play golf. 

I know it is ill-advised to start listing people of importance — because someone is always left out — but my attempt here will hopefully not offend anyone. Let me start with Steve Denn, the long-standing director of the tournament. His father, the late Tom Denn, Porter Cup emeritus, Mike Vitch, Deanna Armstrong, Craig Avery, Brian Oakley, John Boss and his golf staff all deserve a tip of the hat. The many volunteers and staffers at the Niagara Falls Country Club play an integral part of the success of these events. And last, but certainly not least, has been Khlar Holthouse and his grounds crew. Over the years, we have played in rain, wind and flooding conditions. The grounds crew has worked tirelessly to get the course in condition to play, sometimes with very little time and with a lot of great effort!

My last pitch is to the folks of Western New York: if you have not attended any rounds of the Porter Cup, put it on your to-do list. If is free to attend (just a nominal fee to park) and you can enjoy watching future pro golfers — now both men and women — hone their craft.

Bruce A. Shields