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Sound Off

April 3, 2013

Sound Off published April 3

Tonawanda News — Many residents in Tonawanda are very concerned about the capital improvement project and how this community was sold a very, very bad deal. I think that the ex-president of the school board and ex-superintendent should be held accountable. Yes, everyone in this community would like a new football field but to disregard security, technology wing, music wing, art wing, work on elementary schools and everything else you sold us to get this project approved by the voters should be against the law. Voters you’ve been had!

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I find it interesting that the City of Tonawanda is now entertaining the idea of closing the small, useless portion of Young Street to help the new restaurant with parking. As the first to use that property as a restaurant, we were required by the city inspector to have one parking space per 2.5 seats, making it basically illegal for us to use the creekside dock for seating. The café that followed us struggled with the same problem for the 5 years they were there. The building owner, Deb Jaeger, who turned a vacant eyesore into a beautiful addition to the creek/canal profile, spent many years trying to get the city to even consider the change to those few yards of pavement — to no avail. I’m happy to see someone using the property successfully but I would like to know how they got around the parking issue. The interesting part? The owner and entrepreneurs involved before now — all women. Mayor, building inspector and new owners — men. Do we really have a “Good Old Boys” network alive and well in Tonawanda?

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To the person that complained that so called “King Obama” is the reason gas prices are so high. I don’t know where you get your news from but the way I remember it, President Bush voluntarily invaded Iraq. That is when gas prices rose where I go to buy gas.

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