Tonawanda News

August 24, 2013

Sound Off published Aug. 24

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — To the caller who complained about the free phones. I hope the caller realizes that program started under President Bush. He or she can look that up if they don’t believe me. This is what happens when people watch and actually believe what is said on Fox News. 

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So it’s a “crappy healthcare plan?” I am curious about the person that wrote that to Sound Off. Why doesn’t that person believe that every American should have health insurance? Because more people will be paying into the system costs will go down, it is common sense. Does this caller realize that he or she is already paying for other peoples healthcare and it is hugely more expensive? It is like buying car insurance: If millions of drivers didn’t have insurance those who do have it will pay for those without it through higher premiums. Under the healthcare law, people with pre-existing conditions cannot be turned down for insurance. There will be no lifetime caps, meaning if you get sick you don’t have to worry about going over that cap. There are children that are born with serious illnesses and can surpass the maximum cap by the time they are 5 years old. Once over the lifetime cap, the parents will have to pay out of pocket for everything. There are good things in this law, things that used to be supported by Republicans. Oh, and one more thing, the deficit has been cut over half since President Obama came into office. 

To the veteran who was upset with the person regarding Benghazi. First and foremost I would like to sincerely thank him as well as his child for their service. As for his outrage about Benghazi, yes there are legitimate questions that should be asked. I am curious however to find out what he thinks about the Iraq war? We should all be upset that people died in Benghazi, but what about the thousands of our military men and women who died or were wounded in Iraq? Bush and Cheney flat out lied about the weapons of mass destruction. They lied about everything that led up to their war of choice. I hope that the veteran who is so upset about Benghazi is just as outraged about Iraq. When we were attacked on 9/11, the country came together with the president. Our embassy is attacked and everyone just blames the president. Just a reminder to the veteran, we had embassies attacked under Republican presidents. I guess that didn’t matter to Republicans back then. 

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To the person with the obsessive hatred for Obama and Hillary. For crying out loud, would you please take a break or at least bash someone else for a change? Learn a few new names and rant about them for awhile. To the North Tonawanda PD, For the love of God would you please find out why a certain person can’t get an answer when she dials your number? This person obviously has a life threatening emergency thats been lasting for several weeks now. If you don’t answer your phone soon, there’s no telling what may become of him/her.

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To the person who talked about judging homosexuality using the Bible: It appears you did not know that the Bible was written over a period of fifteen hundred years, by forty different human authors, from various backgrounds, who wrote in different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek), upon three different continents, in different circumstances, upon different subjects, and in different literary forms. These authors, for the most part, did not know each other. With all these contrasts one would expect something chaotic and disjointed when their writings were assembled into one book. One of the remarkable features of the Bible is its magnificent continuity. This is because God Himself is the source of the Bible. Archeology is constantly proving the truth of the Bible. How many scientists and science textbooks have that much agreement?

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I’ve read repeatedly about someone that calls every day but can’t reach the North Tonawanda police on the phone. I had my car struck in front of my house last week, dialed the phone number and listened to the options and talked to the dispatcher. I later found out that someone I knew struck my car and needed to cancel their investigation and called back and talked to someone in their records office. No problem with the phone. Maybe the other person just doesn’t know how to listen and push the right button?

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I just wanted to say thank you to the many people who attend the Sunday summer evening concerts at Niawanda Park. It’s a beautiful setting with a lot of great music and performers. I urge the public to support these concerts so that they may continue. The parks department deserves a pat on the back for a job well done. Looking forward to next year.