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As a small businessman, former Democratic committeeman and someone who has served on civic boards in southern Erie County, I found it insulting to my intelligence when I read a recent mailing from the campaign of County Executive Gorski. It charged that Joel Giambra was in favor of merging the City of Buffalo into Erie County. As I remember his "No hand out, no bail out" plan, Giambra merely suggested that one way to save money would be to let the city contract for services from the county, with the city paying for whatever it received. What's wrong with that?

It seems Giambra's cooperative approach to tackling Western New York's economic woes is far superior to his opponent's "one shot" scheme of using tobacco-settlement money to balance next year's budget. Gorski's attitude is that highly taxed suburban and rural school districts and municipalities have to figure out by themselves how to become more efficient. Aren't we all part of the same community?

Although my business has been quite successful, at times employing several family members, my two sons felt they needed to venture to North Carolina and Florida to pursue their dreams. Giambra's approach to keeping our kids in Erie County is a breath of fresh air in the midst of the stale rhetoric coming from the incumbent.


North Collins

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