Tonawanda News

December 6, 2013

Sound Off published Dec. 6

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — I had to laugh when I read the editorial in the News praising Reid for the nuclear option. Just a few years back when Republicans held the majority and threatened to use the nuclear, Obama, Reid, Biden and Feinstein said it was so wrong because it would take away the minority in Senates’ rights and blah blah blah the Constitution, and the Republicans backed down. So now it is right because Dems have the majority. They should be careful what they wish for because karma is a you-know-what.


Why does it take so long to drive through North Tonawanda? From Nash and Wurlitzer it took me 17 minutes this morning to get to the 290.  The light at Twin City and Wheatfield held me for three minutes at 6 a.m. in the morning. Only a single car crossed the road but we sat there like fools just waiting. Then I stopped for each light until I passed the hospital. There is no traffic flow. That amount of time to go four miles is crazy.


To the person who commented on Nov. 23 regarding the trucks on East Robinson and Wheatfield… I can surely sympathize but…. get used to it.  The same problem occurred and still occurs on Ward Road even though it is likewise posted for a  5 ton weight limit.   The NTDPW resurfaced Ward Road this fall (even though they failed to compact the asphalt course) after almost 15 years of the “truck earthquakes” and complaints to my alderman that fell on deaf ears.  The damage to my home (cracks in the plaster and even newer drywall) will cost me several thousands of dollars to repair which I don’t have. Once all that un-compacted asphalt is pounded into ruts by all the illegal trucks on Ward Road, the truck earthquakes will start again, just like they have for the past 25+ years I’ve lived here. The cycle will begin again. Apparently neither DPW nor City Hall can comprehend the fact that overweight trucks cause the damage and premature failure of our streets and that the taxpayers of this city are paying for it….with some of the highest property taxes in the country. Don’t expect the police to enforce the weight limit…. To my knowledge, this has never been done and the fine for such violations is so low that truck drivers and trucking companies are more likely to gladly pay them that to burn diesel fuel driving around.