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August 23, 2013

Obama's visit provides chance to have their voices heard

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Tonawanda News — John Keevert, a retired photographic scientist with Kodak, drove from Rochester with a group of people to show their support for a continued ban on fracking.

Keevert, 69, who is part of an anti-fracking group in Rochester called R-Cause, said he commends Obama for his recognition of climate change, but thinks the president should be doing more to limit the use of fossil fuels.

“Natural gas is a fossil fuel, it’s as dirty as coal and it should not be a part of our energy profile,” Keevert said, later adding, “I’m here because of my grandchildren. So that in 40 years at least I’ll know I did something to try to avert climate change.”

Ronald Szolnoky held a sign up to the people in line for the speech that read “It’s not about guns. It’s about control.”

Szolnoky said he was there to express his distaste for the president’s effort to expand federal gun control laws and the SAFE Act, the state legislation pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that expands gun regulations, signed into law in January.

“This is not a debate that’s going away,” Szolnoky said. “We’re here. We’re not going anywhere.”

Szolnoky said that though his issue was different from many of the other protestors, they shared a common goal on Thursday.

“We’re putting out our displeasure with certain policies,” he said.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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