Tonawanda News

June 6, 2013

Sound Off published June 6

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — They got this guy in Oregon who claims he was sleep driving. There’s no such thing. He was black out drunk.

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I’m down here at Gateway, I’ve been here all weekend. I’m a boater and I come quite often. For the second weekend in a row, I don’t see any staff here. It’s only quarter after 7, there’s no staff here. I thought they usually stay till 8 or 9 o’clock at night. I don’t even know where to put my money to pay, there’s nobody here. And the garbage, it looks like it’s overflowing. I mean, I don’t think anyone’s been here most of the weekend. I mean, what happened to these adults? They’re supposed to be taking care of the place. Jeez, bring back the kids who were last year. At least they were here, and we can pay the people on time. Free ride at North Tonawanda, I’ll park my boat here for free.

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I just saw a commercial on television that dealt with motorcycle safety, etc., produced by the State of New York. There’s one thing, apparently, they’re not too familiar with: there’s a four-lane highway, no traffic on the road whatsoever. Two lanes in one direction, two lanes in another direction. Why were the motorcycles in the left lane? Shouldn’t they be in the right lane? The left lane is only used for passing, the right lane is used for driving. So why weren’t they in the right lane and why were they in the left lane when there was no traffic whatsoever to pass? That is very interesting.

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I’m driving through Sanborn on Ward Road and I see the boat ends at Ward Road at the Sanborn line on the other end. There’s two signs, and they both say, “Maximum sound level or noise level: 90 decibals.” I find it interesting that Sanborn can have a sound limit all through the day and all through the night even though the tavern down at the one end attracts motorcycles, which are mostly illegal throughout New York state because no motorcycle here ever fails to have too loud of an exhaust. And no state trooper ever pulls one over, and no North Tonawanda police officer ever pulls one over. But nonetheless, at least Sanborns got an enforceable vice with the signs, and unlike North Tonawanda, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a motorcycle, a truck, a car, or a loud party, the city will do nothing when it comes to noise or the fire/bonfire things.

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You watch the IRS scandal hearings and you see how the IRS burns money like it’s toilet tissue. How many other branches of government are doing the same thing? Is this the reason why our income taxes and our property taxes are so high in this country? It is really shameful when we need so much stuff done in this country — bridges falling down, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes. They should all be fired and replaced.