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April 3, 2014

Sound Off published April 3

Tonawanda News — If you chew chewing tobacco, do yourself a favor and just stop. Getting cancer of the jaw is no fun. 

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I was at the council meeting and heard Mayor Ortt say he has other things to take care of before the golf course parking lot. Not so much what he said, but how he said it. The golf course is an integral part of the income of this city. We can do things because of this extra income. That parking lot entrance hasn’t been touched for years and it shows. The first impression a non-resident has of this facility is the curb appeal when they pull in the lot. “If the parking lot looks this bad, how well can the course be kept up,” is what they’ll say. What happens with the money that comes in? Doesn’t a portion get earmarked for improvements like a normal business or do the politicians get their greedy hands all over it and waste it? Say it brings a $300,000 profit each year. Set aside $20,000 automatically, away from the regular budget fight. It is a business, we need to run it like one.

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It’s too bad that the Buffalo Bills owner died. But it’s an opportunity for the news stations to have something to talk about continuously for the next six months or so. They’re never gonna stop. That’s all they’re gonna talk about for the next six months. They need real news. There’s not much happening so they have to repeat the news. They think we’re stupid or something.

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To the person who thinks that Canal Fest is a waste of time. Do yourself a favor and talk to some of the not-for-profits who operate during Canal Fest. I do not believe you realize that the money they make during Canal Fest keeps their various organizations going for another year. Much of this money they make goes to organizations within the Twin Cities so that they can carry on what it is they do for the populations of the Twin Cities. Having been part of this great organization, I know first hand what good work it does for the people of the Tonawandas. 

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