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October 18, 2012

Sound Off published Oct. 18

Why is it that people assume everyone who is disabled must be elderly? I am a 55-year-old woman who looks much younger. I am constantly being glared at when I get out of my car having parked in a handicap spot. Disability occurs in people of all ages and is not always visibly. I would rather someone calmly approached me and asked me politely if I had a right to park in that spot, rather than being glared at or talked about behind my back. I have no problem with someone wanting to have my permit verified by a police officer either. I truly appreciate that there are handicapped parking places for myself and others who need them. What I wish for is for people to stop stereotyping disabled people. Not all of us are in wheelchairs or use walkers. But I can assure you, we are disabled nonetheless.

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I was undecided as to who I would vote for until I watched last night’s debate. I voted for Obama in 2008 and I don’t think he has made any case of how he will put people back to work in this country. Romney made it clear to me how he will, by giving job creators a chance to hire more people! Romney has my vote this election. 

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So a caller wants Barbara Tucker’s column to go away because they want to see it replaced with stories that “ask questions, make people think and encourage dialogue amongst readers.” You’ve just described her column because there have been comments in Sound Off for the past several weeks. I think it’s got the dialogue issue covered. Good job Barb.

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I read the article about the Town of Tonawanda not paying state sales tax on concession stand revenues; the oversight was discovered when a town resident persistently pursued the issue. Now the town has hired a law firm to develop a payment plan for delinquent payments. So why did the auditors miss this obvious oversight? They must have seen the income line; wouldn’t that raise the question? I think, one, the auditors should pay the town’s legal costs for the payment plan negotiations and, two, not be hired for future audits for five years.

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