Tonawanda News

October 10, 2013

Sound Off published Oct. 10

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Now that the national Republicans have soundly demonstrated their arrogance toward the people of our country, NT voters should keep that in mind with our one-party stranglehold on city government.

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The Town of Tonawanda had one political party in control as long as I can remember. Well the Republicans made the town what it is today. Now all the Democrats are leaving Buffalo and took control of town politics. They screwed up Buffalo now they want to do the same in the Town of Tonawanda.

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This is about parking lots at Tops on Meadow Drive and Niagara Street in Tonawanda, and especially to the senior citizens who threatened to make me handicapped after calling me some choice words in front of my elderly mother who is handicapped. People backing out of parking spaces have the obligation to look carefully in both directions to make sure the coast is clear. You, sir, did not. If you would have hit me it would have been your fault. You should have pulled out just far enough to be able to see in both directions. Then after determining that no one was coming in either direction you could have pulled out. There are no markings for yield or stop, so therefore, cars driving from the gas pumps towards the front of Tops have the right of way. Drivers yield to the car on the right. Last Saturday, I witnessed some severe road rage at the Tops on Meadow Drive and the driver just smiled and waved. 

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It’s quite funny people are saying Rick Davis is attacking the mayor. I haven’t heard Mr. Davis say one bad thing about him. I will tell you that I’ve seen people close to and associated with the mayor attacking Mr. Davis. Sounds like some people are scared to lose their cushy political positions in the city.

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Didn’t Chuck Gilbert run for the Assembly against Robin Schimminger in 2012 after he lost as a councilman in Tonawanda in 2011? So what is it he really wants to do? Is this just a stop along the way to his further ambitions and why should we believe he cares about the first ward?

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I read in this morning’s Niagara Gazette an article in regards to the safe boating eight-hour safety mandate. As an avid boater, I was appalled at the article saying the new ruling is nonsense and unjustified. Operating a boat is like operating a car. Rules are meant for our safety. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people not following the navigational waterway rules. Either driving down the middle of the canal with a beer in their hand, not providing the right away to sail boats or boats with the right away, driving without their navigational lights, let alone knowing the laws for navigational lights. The stern and bow lights are supposed to be on when motoring and if not under propulsion just the stern light is to be on. It’s not right for people to just get in a boat and drive. That is how people get killed.