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July 5, 2014

TUCKER: A stroll through Garden Walk

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Tonawanda News — •••

On this Fourth of July weekend, an email came through that you may have read, but is worth repeating.

The email read: “Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story has been all over the news because he is a substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious.

“Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is a celebrity drug addict and a thief.

“The same can be said about drug addict Philip Seymour Hoffman who died with a needle stuck in his arm.

“Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian’s stupid wedding (and short-lived marriage) was shoved down our throats, while ... Justin Allen, 23; Brett Linley, 29; Matthew Weikert, 29; Justus Bartett, 27; Dave Santos, 21; Jesse Reed, 26; Matthew Johnson, 21; Zachary Fisher, 24; Brandon King, 23; Christopher Goeke, 23; and Sheldon Tate, 27 — are all Marines who gave their lives last month for you.

“There is no media for them; not even a mention of their names. They were young men who most likely came from rural America seeking a chance to better themselves and to serve this country.

“We should honor them. Rest In Peace, and thank you, troops.”

And thanks to all who have given their lives — and limbs — for our freedom, no matter what war or conflict in which they served. 

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Glad to see the Tonawanda City Council reversed its decision to allow parking on the street in the summer. I’m a bit surprised at Carlton Zeisz’s comment that he was against it, saying that “(the city) has survived these past 60 years like this.”

It seems thinking “it’s always been done that way” is a major stumbling block to changes in the city. North Tonawanda seems to have gotten over that thinking and is moving ahead. C’mon Tonawanda, you’re just as great a city and have to show people how good it is to live here.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • OUR VIEW: Arson suspect never deserved bail Two of the 11 fires reported on Fifth Avenue could have been prevented with some jurisprudence in evaluating whether the suspect, Michelle Johnston, deserved to be offered bail. Given the obvious nature of a repeat offender who was charged with nine felony arson counts, bail never should have been offered in this case.

    July 25, 2014

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

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