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After reading the Nov. 4 News, it finally hit me why we have so many problems in this area. Three articles made me come to this conclusion.

First, Rod Watson continues to write negative columns about all that is wrong here and how it will continue to be wrong. It is about time he came up with suggestions on how to solve the problems other than to say we have the wrong president. People can make a difference, one small step at a time.

Second, the Niagara Falls City Council rejected the Seneca Nation's offer to pay for additional police officers around the casino because some Council members believe the state should pay for it. Don't they realize the state, like Niagara Falls, does not have money? Why turn down money offered with no strings attached?

Third, a letter from the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association treasurer talked about the money saved on PBA member salaries. His figures have a net savings of $765,800 and a reduction in officers of 161 over the same period since 1998. That amounts to $4,756 per officer reduction. So really, salaries have gone up significantly.

With this mentality, it's no wonder we have the problems we do in this area.

Barbara J. Campagna


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