Tonawanda News

Letters to the Editor

May 21, 2007

READER LETTERS: Our readers speak May 21


The IDA should therefore at a minimum suspend the PILOT and keep AES on the tax rolls until the PILOT lawsuits are settled. Once those are settled and AES drops its original assessment lawsuits then, and only then, should they be removed from the tax rolls and the PILOT agreement started. 

An additional condition for the PILOT and the issue of tax certainty going both ways is the pending environmental litigation between AES, DEC and the town of Somerset. which should also be settled for “certainty.” That requires AES excepting the two-judge panel report in full with no further litigation. 

Stop hiding behind the PILOT lawsuits and allowing our community to be savaged in taxes. There is something you can do. Please act.  

Suspend the PILOT pending all litigation being settled. 

Merrill Bender - President Tax Reform Niagara Inc.

Protect your food supply

The contaminated Chinese protein powder that has sickened some 17,000 American dogs and cats has now turned up in the human food supply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture admits that 6,000 pigs and more than 2.5 million broiler chickens were sold for human consumption after being fed contaminated pet food.

This was a disaster waiting to happen. After all, animal feed mills are generally regarded as dumping grounds for all kinds of garbage: Cat and dog carcasses from animal shelters, cancerous tissue and other slaughterhouse discards, food processing waste ... Why the fuss about some slightly toxic Chinese protein powder?

Our government and agribusiness will not protect our food supply, but we can. By purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables grown close to home — at farmers’ markets and local food co-ops. By avoiding garbage-fed meat and dairy products.

Norm Lewis - Niagara Falls resident

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