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February 28, 2014

Sound Off published Feb. 28

Tonawanda News — In keeping with the spirit of the recently completed winter Olympics, the City of North Tonawanda has devised their own Olympic type event. This event is open to residents and non-residents alike.  It’s called the cross city driving challenge. The object is to get from Ward Road to Sweeney Street via Payne Avenue in the quickest time without going over the speed limit while dodging the potholes and craters. Of course anyone going the speed limit is risking their life to begin with. Points will be deducted for crossing double yellow lines, having to come to a complete stop to avoid smashing into a pot hole, chipped teeth or compressed vertebrae.  It’s an automatic disqualification for blowing out one or more tires or having your transmission fall out.  

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If they had Stand Your Ground here in New York state, do you know how many people would end up dead? Stand Your Ground is okay if you feel you’re going to be killed. But if the guy’s unarmed that’s murder, plain old murder. They didn’t have a gun or a weapon and were shot in both cases in Florida. And the guy’s going to get off, that ain’t right. 

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Social services have been set up to assist people. As we have seen though, the ineffectiveness by caseworkers has caused many problems. I’d like to inform people who are involved in a spend down for their premium payments that they have been given misinformation by their caseworkers in this regard. You can use any bills that are paid or unpaid for medical purposes for your spend down payment. You can also use any professional, doctors, dentists, foot specialist that does not accept Medicaid. That can be used for your spend down payment as well.

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