Tonawanda News

March 29, 2014

Sound Off published March 29

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Attention Niagara Wheatfield School District. Well here we go again, 4.8 percent increase then new buses and then another position hired. When is it going to end? Let’s get out and vote it down again or it will never end.  For the people let the teachers pay their own health insurance that will save them thousands. Enough all ready. Vote no in May.

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I went to the council meeting where they talked about Canal Fest. My first thought was, you wasted our taxpayer money for this? I even noticed that my councilman was not there. Then I hear from my neighbor he doesn’t even want it. 

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Sometimes I forget how fortunate I am. My fuel tank on empty, I am complaining to myself that I wish I had some Bonus points built up and I had my warm coat on when I hop out to fill up my tank with my credit card. As I start the process, I notice the numbers on the screen from the last customer. $3 even, .79 gallon of gas was put into the last vehicle. Sometimes I forget how fortunate I am. 

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I hate to say this but I have been following the news about all the schools laying off all the teachers and cutting school programs after school. Why can’t the City of Tonawanda do that? Lay off some of the teachers and teacher aides. Cut some of the programs. It’s not fair to lay it all on the senior taxpayers and the people who are trying to work for a living and put their kids through college.

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When it comes to Obamacare and the maternity part for abortion and preventative care. Why can’t they make it so it’s not a religious thing. So the employees have the option to pay for that coverage out of their own pocket. It’s freedom of choice. If you want it, just pay the difference. 

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This airplane deal is getting kind of ridiculous and a waste of time. What is the government trying to hide from us? This plane, you mean to tell me nobody was texting on their phone? Nobody got a message out? I don’t know, I’ve never flown on a plane or texted on a phone. There’s something wrong here, something really, really wrong. Who’s hiding what?

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If you’re wondering who the idiots are who set the traffic control signals on the Twin City Highway, it’s New York state who controls that. Not anybody in North Tonawanda. And remember, it took them almost a whole year to put in those new signals, new traffic controls and all those new devices. State contract and the state who controls it. That’s why it takes so long.