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April 30, 2014

Sound Off published April 30

Tonawanda News — After a long winter, let’s hope Tonawanda gets it right this year, by turning on the power, water and opening the boaters’ restrooms on the canal earlier. Last year a slew of Canadian boaters came to the canal for their May Holiday weekend, (which is the weekend before Memorial Day), only to find there was no boater services available to them. Many simply left and went home. Let’s not forget when these people come, they spend money at local restaurants and businesses. Last year, power and water was not turned on until after Memorial Day, and that was a serious oversight! More needs to be done to encourage visiting boaters from near and far to stay here, feel safe and enjoy all that Tonawanda has to offer. Security was a concern in 2013 as well, with some boats on both sides of the canal being broken into, vandalized and untied during the night. Our boat was one of several that were untied during the night. I can’t express enough how disturbing this is. Many boaters have had to resort to cable-locking their boats to cleats on the wall.

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About the Twin City Highway. Everyone who lives here knows it was named for Vietnam veterans. I have many family members who served in the armed forces and were proud to do so. And yes, we are thankful to all. But, none go around and want a pat on the back every five minutes. While I hate to say “get over it” and move on with your life, maybe somebody should. And by the way, thank you to all veterans everywhere!

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Here we go again. The speeders think the left lane in the city is a passing lane and everybody is supposed to move to the right when a speeder is behind them. Multiple lanes in the city are for traffic flow. If the driver is doing the speed limit, they have the right to any lane. So if the speeders have a problem with that, just deal with it. I, for one, will not move over just because some loser thinks they are above the law and are in a hurry. Here’s a novelty. Leave a little early and you won’t need to speed.

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