Tonawanda News

April 24, 2014

Sound Off published April 24

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — About a week ago I stopped at the 7-Eleven in my neighborhood and the flower bed in front of 7-Eleven probably had about 10,000 cigarette butts in it and chicken bones. I told the manager I didn’t like it and he agreed. I went back a week later and the flower bed in front of 7-Eleven is still covered with 10,000 cigarette butts and chicken bones. It’s only a couple days till Easter and that flower bed in front of 7-Eleven is disgusting. That’s the 7-Eleven at the corner of Wheatfield and Oliver Street.

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I read the article about prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. I believe they should be prosecuted as adults but when they’re put away, they should not be put in a population with hardened criminals. They should be put in a juvenile facility. If they’re around these hardened criminals, they’re going to come out worse than when they went in and the sexual abuse in jail is absolutely terrible.

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I’m amazed that Natale Builders has the gall to ask about being compensated for their time on the Little League Drive development. His “time” expired long ago and he was given unfair preference over other developers. Just compare the request for proposal and what evolved. It’s time for the county district attorney or state attorney general’s office to look into the matter before the taxpayers are taken to the cleaners. Just imagine if this is how this company wants to deal with the people of Tonawanda, why in the world would our elected officials want to sign a contract with this company?

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A town of Cheektowaga councilman was recently found guilty of stealing over $7,000 in unemployment benefits. Now people say that he should be forced to resign from office. I don’t understand why. He’s a politician and he’s stealing taxpayer dollars. That’s a redundancy. Why should he be forced to resign? Isn’t that what all politicians do?

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To the person inquiring on the status of the City of Tonawanda mayor’s position. This is a part-time position. The difference is Mayor Pilozzi was retired and put the city and its residents first by putting in the hours of two full-time people. The current mayor kept his full-time job at the National Weather Service. The days of city and residents first are over.

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In New York state, the vehicle and traffic law states that slower traffic must keep right. This is in effect for the Thruway and roadways, including East Robinson in North Tonawanda.