Tonawanda News

March 19, 2013

Sound Off published March 19?

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — I find it fascinating when there is a threat of a teacher’s strike there is a sudden panic of “oh my gosh what will happen to the children ... oh my gosh the little children.” But when nurses strike no one says “oh my gosh those poor helpless people that need skilled, caring, Registered Nurses to care for them. People on life support.” It’s “How can those nurses just walk out ... be so selfish?” This is what people think ...

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So Walmart has been open for a while now, coexisting with Budweys. I haven’t seen the predicted downfall of life as we knew it because Walmart moved in. Budweys is open and from myself being a loyal Budweys patron, it seems as though his business has actually improved. Budweys has Mighty Taco as a tenant, Walmart still has no side show neighbors like Applebee’s etc ... The end of the world didn’t happen. I think there should be some reimbursement to the city for the frivolous lawsuits that Budweys filed to keep Walmart out. 

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Let’s see the similarities ... the pope rides around in a limousine and appears to huge audiences and jesus walked everywhere he went from door to door preaching to the people. The pope dresses in expensive robes and jesus had one outer garment which the soldiers gambled over while he was dying. The pope lives in an extravagant palace with million dollar paintings and jesus had “no place to lay his head.” The pope’s lifestyle is provided by the poor people and jesus taught his apostles to work to provide for themselves and their families. The pope welcomes his people to kiss his ring and jesus said he “came to serve, not to be served.” The pope involves himself in politics and jesus fled from those who wanted to make him king, instead proclaiming God’s Kingdom as the only hope for mankind.

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How would you like to have eight years of your life taken from you? Well, that is exactly what the house Republicans are doing. They did everything possible to obstruct President Obama and run out the clock on his first term. Having lost the 2012 election, they again have chosen to put politics and special interests above serving the people they were elected to serve. Rather than govern responsively, they are again using every stall tactic possible to run out the clock one day at a time on the President’s second term. Meanwhile, our cities are crumbling, our children are suffering, and the middle class is stagnating. Sure it is important not to saddle our children with debt. How is that worse than taking eight years from their lives? We can’t wait until 2016. They must go in 2014!

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I have been looking at all those priests and popes on TV and I realize that none of them resemble Christ in any way. or Peter. Jesus was a carpenter and Peter was a fisherman. Peter was married and had a family. Most Catholics don’t know that Peter was never even in Rome. Paul was in some of his journeys but never Peter.

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<\z12>Love Canal, Tonawanda Coke. What is the progress on the lawsuit about Durez and National Grinding Wheel? Is the capping of the Buffalo Bolt site any better than Love Canal? Spaulding Fibre? When they clean up the buildings on top of the ground, do they remove what is under them? Love Canal is a lesson for us all.