Tonawanda News

March 30, 2013

Sound Off published March 30

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — My wife and I went to mail some bills at the North Tonawanda Post Office the other day and the only way we could put them into the drive up box was to get out of the car and put them in.

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I see on the news how Iraq misused the $60 billion we gave them to rebuild their country. So what do they expect us to do, give them another $60 billion? I don’t think so. It shouldn’t be given to them. If we are gonna give them $60 billion more we should get $300 million, $180 million in oil. We shouldn’t just give them money. Trade it for oil, for crude. Don’t give it away. Who is held responsible for that money?

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Gas prices hurt us terribly, especially those who have to drive distances to work. The EPA has shut down refineries and now it has come out that another factor in us not getting better gas prices came from the vice chair of the international IHS, who said it was partly the supply bottlenecks — new oil and gas regions do not have a way yet to bring the oil to refining hubs on the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. (Crude oil can be put on existing rail cars to be transferred to shipping points instead of being refined here.) Top international oil executives along with people like Bill Gates are meeting this week in Houston, where the annual wage is $75,256 adjusted for the cost of living and more than double that of the L.A. area! Mr. Gates, you could fix this.

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I’d like to know, what do you need to do to impeach a president? Do we have to have good enough grounds? I think we do.

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They were talking about military surplus when the war is over. At the end of World War II they had search lights and they became part of society. Part of downtown and summer events. They became something you could see for miles. They existed for a long time, gas-powered search lights. And it seemed like every city had them and wherever you went you could see them for miles. They used them to find airplanes during World War II. But when it was over these search lights still existed. Growing up with them it was fantastic. Coming home seeing them you knew where you were.

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I’m Reading your article about the STAR program where people are piggy backing off other properties they own and not their regular residence, and screwing the people in the state out of school taxes. Now if you were paying child support and you were behind on it, no matter how many years you get behind on it, the state would go after it. So shouldn’t they go after these people for back taxes? To me that would only be just. And it would help the school systems out and the state out. They should go after them for back taxes or seize their property.