Tonawanda News


May 1, 2013

Sound Off published May 1

Tonawanda News — Western New York is the community of failed hopes and dreams and unfulfilled promises. Listen to the Sabres, minus the no show owner, talk about rebuilding. Rebuilding from a bad team to a bad team; we know we’ve been rebuilding our sports teams since their existence. When is this process ever going to look like it’s being completed? Kind of like Cuomo’s billion for Buffalo. I’m 100 percent certain we will never see that either. But we keep hanging on and waiting for these lies to come true.


Most of the time I read Sound Off for its entertainment value. It’s comical to read some of the things people write about. But one recent sound off really bothered me with the statement someone made about the lack of pictures from the Sandy Hook tragedy “most people think it was phony because they never showed any of the children.” Who in their right mind would want to see photos of massacred children published in the newspaper? It’s bad enough when sensationalistic photos are posted on the Internet. How do you think the families of victims feel having photos of something so horrific out there for the world to look at?


To the person who wrote in about the NT school budget asking the members of the NT school board to take a cut. Here’s something you may not have known, being on the Board of Education is a voluntary position. That means no pay, a lot of donated time and efforts and for what? To hear people complain about how you’re raising our taxes? Do you want your local school district to go through thinking about cutting Kindergarten? Cutting a child’s formative education? Is that right, all so they can save $100 in new taxes? In reviewing the local districts and their budgets, Tonawanda (City) did a great job. They knew they had to raise and did it, and they have the facts and figures to back their reasoning. My son and his wife are seriously thinking about moving to the City of Tonawanda. 

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  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg DUVALL: In defense of the Common Core They've become the two dirtiest words in education, but the Common Core is very much worth defending.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Bits and pieces from out and about Ever since it was restored and opened, the Hotel @ Lafayette in downtown Buffalo has fascinated me. Last Monday, the Preservation Buffalo Niagara offered a tour of the hotel led by developer Rocco Termini.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug - adamczyk.jpg ADAMCZYK: Kenmore is a village made of bricks Buffalo and surrounding environs have brick buildings galore, often in the process of repurpose. Whole neighborhoods made of brick await development, redevelopment, gentrification, whatever wand will be waved at them to make them function again. Structures here tend not to be razed; they fall down occasionally but typically simply stand and wait.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • leffler, scott.jpg LEFFLER: Justice is blind -- and deaf and dumb I've always been intrigued by the concept of justice. I say concept because it really seems more theoretical to me than practical. One man's justice is another man's nightmare.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: Don't go soft on teenage criminals

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg For Sabres, more suffering is on tap

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Taking down trees 'disheartening' Several readers have questioned the City of Tonawanda's tree removal program. An email to Jenna Koch, who represents the third ward and checks into any query on the city, explained the program.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug - adamczyk.jpg [Duplicate] ADAMCZYK: Letterman was on my side The announcement that Mr. Letterman is retiring from his groundbreaking television program, sometime in 2015, is already old news, but it gives opportunity to ponder a few truisms about history and modern life.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Leffler Mug 041114 [Duplicate] LEFFLER: 'Need to know' a double-edged sword Inquisitive doesn't begin to describe me. I must know everything. About everything. I hate being in the dark. I guess that's what makes my career choice so very obvious. I think "must know everything" is at the top of most journalists' trait lists.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wallace, Amy BW mug WALLACE: Airplane coverage has gone awry I don't know about you, but I am so sick of the cable news stations' constant coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo