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LEADERS DON'T HAVE THE GUTS TO SAY NO TO SPECIAL INTERESTS

The people of Western New York are generally pretty easy-going. But after years of abuse by all forms of government -- school boards, town, county and state -- we have learned a valuable lesson. All levels of government cannot self-regulate. The "squeaky wheel" gets the grease. Governments placate those who ask the loudest and ask the most often -- political bosses, unions, developers and special-interest groups.

Our leaders have failed us because they lack the courage, leadership or vision to just say no. We all must live within our means. The highest-taxed area of the country is dying because no one is willing to say "enough." The solution to all problems is not more taxes. The power to tax is a sacred trust. Unfortunately, government leaders are using this trust against the very people they have sworn to represent.

John Kwiatkowski

Amherst