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April 9, 2014

Sound Off published April 9

Tonawanda News — I am hoping either the homeowner or someone from the North Tonawanda Police Department read this request. I am writing in regards to the owners vehicles that park on the corner of Bowen Road just past Master Street. Every year they park their van and now a Jeep in front of their driveway almost to the corner. When you come down Master Street and go around the bend on Bowen, the vehicle obstructs your view of the oncoming traffic or people riding their bikes. Many times there have been close calls of vehicles coming down Bowen to go around the bend and you have to make a extra wide swing to go around the vehicles that they almost hit. It is illegal to block a driveway for one. The police ignore them parked there and two, they are too close to the corner. 

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Can the Tonawanda News please run a list of all the Aldermen in North Tonawanda. The tax assessor’s office explained to me that the aldermen are the ones who set the discount income levels for senior citizens over 65 for city taxes. The rates are pro-rated according to income. I ask them to please recognize that most of us seniors do not make hefty retirement incomes. Please, aldermen, increase the percentage of tax relief for the rest of us so next year I can have some relief from continued raising taxes. I have a modest 15-year-old ranch, nothing extravagant. I have lived in this city over 26 years and feel I have more then paid my fair share of taxes and putting other people’s children through school. Enough please!

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Cut teachers’ benefits and let them know how we feel. Probably one of the dumbest statements ever made. Rather than fight to get what benefits teachers have (benefits that every worker, no matter what field, deserves) we would rather make a stupid comment to take something away. We’ve become weak and given our benefits away. Corporations are breeding a culture of fear and it is time to take back our benefits. Fight to get what you want. Look at the benefits of public employees and compare them to what we’ve lost through the years and ask why this has happened. We allowed it to happen to us, let’s fight to get it back.

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